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My name is Jose M Perez. I’m president of Casa de Restauracion Eli-Ezer USA, a non-profit organization formed in Miami, Florida to support the kids at Casa de Restauración Eli-Ezer, a non-profit foundation founded in Palmira, Colombia, in January of 2004 (La Casa).

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Our mission is to rescue abandoned children and those from hostile backgrounds. Our mission focuses on the children of drug addicts and parents incapable of providing for their care and protection that is fundamental to health, rearing, and moral development. The founders of this fifteen-year-old initiative are a couple who also come from dysfunctional homes and broken families. They are well aware that these conditions in most cases lead children to seek refuge on the streets, as well as turn to drugs and alcohol. The kids at La Casa changed my life when I met them three years ago. Despite their unimaginable suffering, the children’s positive spirit endures as they make every effort to make each day better than the prior.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP

We need your support to build the kids at La Casa a home of their own. Currently, they live in a rental home which is adequate for their basic needs, but they have unfortunately been instructed to move. Without finding a place by the end of the summer, the kids will find themselves in peril again. While another rental home could offer a good short-term solution, we are resolved in providing them with a home of their own to eliminate the risk of finding themselves in these dangerous situations again. I will personally see that all funds raised will be used for this purpose.

Today, La Casa hosts seventeen kids, ranging in age from five to nineteen, and a head of household, a mother who came to La Casa with three children and one more in her belly, in an effort to escape from an abusive environment at the age of twenty-two years old. This woman, who just had a primary education upon her arrival, found in La Casa not only hospitality and protection, but also support to educate herself. Today, she has already completed her secondary education, has acquired a trade to earn a living, and aspires to be admitted to an university.

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Abandoned children and victims of abuse, whose parents are incapable of keeping them due to their addictions, have found in La Casa the home they lacked and the path to better their lives. Such is the case of Antonio, who was brought in by his mother when he was 8 years old.  Today, at almost 20 years of age, he continues to live there. Today, he is in charge of the foundation’s bakery after having completed his high school education.

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Another soul saved by La Casa is Samuel, whose alcoholic mother left him abandoned when he was 8 years old. Now, at 16 he is eager to survive and fulfill his dreams. Without a home, anyone is less likely to accomplish these things. Similar is the case of Jairo, who went to live at La Casa upon his discharge from a local hospital; there he received care for facial lesions caused by his own father. Eight years later, he is a good child and student. Finally, Sofia and Carlos, a pair of siblings whose mother brought them to La Casa for lacking resources to rear them, are now on their way to recovery after suffering grave psychological problems caused from an environment plagued by misery, abuse, and violence.

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La Casa de Restauración Eli-Ezer, directed by María Elena Alape since its foundation, has been a welcoming home and a miraculous second opportunity for many children who were condemned since birth. It is a ray of hope for disadvantaged youth – worthy of support, imitation, and your gracious aid.
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Organizer

Jose Perez 
Organizer
Miami, FL
CASA DE RESTARURACION ELI-EZER USA CORP 
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