Meet Randy. We first met Randy through the Cusco women’s shelter, where he and his mom fled to for refuge. Since then he’s held tightly to a new chance at life through Nuevo Camino. He and his mom live off of very little, but one day he arrived to a Nuevo Camino volunteers’ apartment with a very special gift in his arms: a wooden armadillo. Randy saved up his own money to purchase the armadillo, out of gratefulness for all his family received. With their hard armored shells, armadillos represent protection, and Randy wanted to give this to friends who had shown him protection. A million dollars couldn’t compare to the heart behind this gift.
Definition of Ham:
A showy performer. Especially : an actor performing in an exaggerated theatrical style.
You’re welcome 🙂
When Nuevo Camino volunteers visited San Juan for the first time, they promised to return with school supplies, medicines, and building supplies for the village. When they returned a few days later, they were surprised to be greeted by a crowd of people, furnished with crowns of flowers. Students had spent two afternoons hand crafting the crowns, to show appreciation to their new friends. Their gratitude was beautiful, and represented the heart of Nuevo Camino…spreading love between neighbors across the globe.
2018 has passed and 2019 is upon us! Each day holds beautiful opportunities to do something new. From our Nuevo Camino moms to our long term volunteers, each person has committed to supporting one another in walking toward better futures. From now on, destructive cycles can end. From now on, there’s a reason to get out of bed each morning. From now on, tomorrow can be better than today. What is your “something new?”
This month, San Juan parents and teachers finished construction their new school kitchen! With financial support from Something New, each family donated bricks and helped build this great new facility for the community. Check out the final product, and the steps along the way!
There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday…
Let’s give the gift of education on November 27!
Meet Randy. He wants to be a pediatrician. Between his mom’s overdoses, his little sister’s pneumonia, and his own severe headaches, he’s spent enough time in hospitals to know the difference between the doctors who simply clock in and out and the ones who stop by just to cheer you up with a magic trick.
The road to Randy’s dream starts with tan pants, a button-up shirt, a brown coat and black closed-toe shoes. That’s Randy’s uniform and his ticket to school. Without it, he can’t go to school. And when your mom only makes $250 per month selling clothes six days a week for 12 hours a day, there isn’t money for a uniform.
Randy has already been accepted to the National School of the Sciences. He arrives 2 hours early to school each day to study, and he knows exactly what he needs to do next. Medical exams aren’t offered in Spanish, so Randy has been learning English so he will be ready.
Without his prized ticket to school (his uniform), he’ll miss the chance to achieve his dream of becoming a doctor. [Read more…]
Ever been to a Nuevo Camino tent sale? Amelia made each and every one of those hair scrunchies by hand. All proceeds from our sales support our Nuevo Camino families as they transition out of the women’s shelter. Shop here for more great product!
It’s beautiful to see our Nuevo Camino moms take what they’ve received and “pay it forward” into the next wave of families. From taking other moms into their own homes, to helping with projects in the schools, they are demonstrating how much a second chance at life means to them. They help build community each day by investing in others who join them on this new path.
Some of the greatest experiences in our lives come after – and often because of – the greatest fights. We can choose to believe that no good thing comes without struggle!
Hear Lynn Ann and Elena share about how they chose to listen to that voice of hope that knew there was something better for their lives. The voice that refused to put themselves in a box any longer and decided to follow their hearts for something better for them and their children.
This Nuevo Camino is for ALL of us in all corners of the world. Let’s continue building it TOGETHER!