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In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Salesian missionaries are making a positive difference in the lives of homeless children.

Through programs like Hogar Maria Auxiliadora (“the Hogar”), girls ages 2-17 receive shelter, warm meals, opportunities for education and recreation, and the chance to learn skills that will benefit them for a lifetime—all in a family environment where they feel safe, protected and loved. This long-term residential home offers exactly the kind of ongoing support orphaned and abandoned children need to strengthen their hope, and begin building, bright futures.

Will you join us in this important work?

All across Bolivia, youth are in crisis. Thousands of precious boys and girls, some as young as six years old, are living on the streets right now. Hogar Maria Auxiliadora joins several other Salesian-run shelters focused on rescuing and rehabilitating these vulnerable children … but the growing need exceeds our ability to serve all of them.

Please don’t leave them all alone.

Veronica was abandoned by her family without understanding why. This precious little 8-year-old girl could have easily been lost forever. Fortunately, Veronica found her way to the Hogar—where she earned the nickname Querida, from the Spanish “to love.” Every time she hears it, Veronica is reassured of her worth.

Heartwarming stories like this happen because of friends like you.

Your gift today can provide warm clothing … safe shelter … nutritious meals … education … and the chance for children to experience what it’s like to be part of a loving home.

Thank you for your kindness! You provide new hope for street children in Bolivia and other impoverished countries around the globe where our missionaries persevere each and every day!

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Poverty, unemployment and abandonment. These are just a few reasons why thousands of children—some as young as six years old—are living on the streets in Bolivia. And they are desperate for help. Together with your support and our Salesian-run programs, we can turn their lives around and provide these precious children with safe shelter, nutritious meals, warm clothing, fundamental education, social services, vocational training and more.

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Poverty, unemployment & abandonment. These are just a few reasons why thousands of children—some as young as six—are living on the streets in Bolivia. And they are desperate for help. Together with your support & our programs, we can turn their lives.

We hope and pray that you support our life-saving work. Your gifts will be used for this program and other similar Salesian programs around the globe that benefit poor and needy youth. Please join us to help make the world a better place.