PARAGUAY, Ani Souberlich •
At the beginning of this year, we have seen great changes in the immediate environment of Casa Madre de Tupãrenda (CMT): the departure of Father Pedro Kühlcke and his departure to Germany, the dismissal of several staff members for economic reasons…. But despite all these obstacles, we have seen rays of hope for the program, which in the six years of its existence has already produced fifty-four graduates, joined today by four others who, with many sacrifices, have reached the goal. —
Each graduation is a day of celebration and a miracle for me as the director of Casa Madre de Tupãrenda and for each educator, because beyond all that we can do humanly for each participant, it is nothing compared to the miracle that God and the Blessed Mother work day after day, giving them the strong will to get away from drugs and the strength of perseverance to arrive on time to the program every day. In this way, they learn patience and tolerance, they work as a team, they learn to speak and leave behind the prison vocabulary, and all this requires courage. It is God who blows on the wounds of abuse and abandonment that each of them has and that have thrown them into the street, without direction. Each of them is a survivor, and today they live in the certainty that they can change their lives and realize their dreams.
Lucas, Ricardo, Alberto, Néstor
We would like to thank all the people who make it possible for Casa Madre de Tupãrenda to keep its doors open and give each of the youth a home so that when they are released from CEI (Juvenile Detention Center) they have a place to start a new life.
Thank you for helping us change lives.
Original: Spanish. Translation: Maria Fischer @schoenstatt.org