I want to take a moment and thank you for your support of Amor, Fe y Esperanza [AFE]. You cannot imagine the impact that you have had on the lives of extremely vulnerable children that live and work in the garbage dump. Because of you, everyday children are experiencing hope that seemed unattainable before.
Knowing that your love for the children runs as deep as ours, we want to share with you an urgent need that we have as a ministry and ask you to prayerfully consider how you can help. Due to many circumstances including bad press surrounding Honduras and very few mission teams, we are covering only 50% of our total projected budget. As you can imagine, this has been a major concern for us. Our need is around $164,000 in order to fully cover our budget for 2016.
See below for our budget breakdown.
Even still, in the midst of these difficult times, we give thanks to GOD for the work that continues in AFE. With great passion, we continue to have a daily impact in the lives of 150 children, ranging in age from 4 moths old to graduates now in the University. Our mission continues to be focused on meeting the holistic needs of these children and their families.
We have started working to raise funds locally, including a fundraiser at a local McDonald's, planning a soccer tournament in the community, car washes, and hosting a local art show to exhibit the talent of one of our teachers and student. In addition, I will be making a walk from Costa Rica to Guatemala, a distance of 1,200 Kilometers, in order to raise awareness for AFE. A few months ago, one of our closest and dearest supporters decided to make a donation of $100,000 to help us in our current situation; greatly reducing our need.
We say all this as an encouragement that God is already working. However, we still need you. As a ministry, asking for money is never easy as God has always provided for us. Yet I know that as partners with AFE, you would want to know where we stand. With AFE's success, and the fact that we are continuing to graduate new students each year, our need will continue to grow right alongside with the ministry.
Please share our need with your body, small groups, Bible Study, co-workers, etc. Every donation, big or small, is appreciated and will go a long way in helping us meet our goal. If everybody gives a little, AFE will be fine.
We ask you to please consider making a donation to assist us in our vision of NO MORE CHILDREN WORKING OR LIVING IN THE GARBAGE DUMP.
I want to thank you again for being a part of AFE and for serving the children and families of the garbage dump. Our prayer is that God would continue to bless your life, family, and ministry. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Founder and Director of AFE