La Aljaba

The children of La Aljaba

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. - Psalm 127:3-5

La Aljaba means “the quiver”.  The children’s home was named based on the above scripture, knowing that the work we are doing not only affects the children’s lives for today, but also effects generations.

La Aljaba children’s home is an institution that assists abandoned and poor children to improve their quality of life by giving them the opportunity to benefit from integral development and to contribute in the construction of new generations with Christian principles and values.

La Aljaba is a home for children that embodies the commitment towards the call from God that says in the Bible:  “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

The home provides for children from 4 to 18 years of age in situations of extreme poverty or need.  It offers assistance in four development areas: physical, cognitive, spiritual, and emotional well being.  La Aljaba’s vision is this: inspired by God’s love and obeying His calling, we will impact the Amazon community by teaching Christian values and principles to the children for future generations.

An American pastor began the work to help children in the Amazon region.  Activities began in April 2004, with 8 children.  Of these eight children, five were abandoned by their mother and three were in situations of extreme poverty.

During 2004 a total of seventeen children were assisted with good nutrition, health care, teaching them good hygiene, good manners, and self-esteem.  The children older than five years old began to go to school and their performance improved tremendously.

Currently over seventy-five children are provided with day care, tutoring, and daily nutritional meals. In additional to that, twenty six children are provided with twenty-four hour care.  La Aljaba also extends its reach to the community by providing family counseling and parenting classes monthly, sending daily food rations to 100 children who live in extreme poverty on the edge of the jungle, and providing consulting to other children’s ministries for 50 miles up and down the Amazon River.

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