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Brother and sister rescued from hopelessness

picture of Santos and Edmundo

Santos was in a desperate situation when she came to Shalom Children’s Home in El Salvador, one of the projects supported by Child Abuse Intervention Fund. She was severely malnourished. Born with cerebral palsy, her mother had neglected her, hoping she would die. The disease affected her eyes as well as the ability to use her right leg, arm, and hand. Neighbors saw how much she was suffering and reported it to the police.

The local Justice of the Peace brought her to Shalom, where she has been improving slowly but surely ever since. She now jumps rope, runs, and plays well even with her handicaps. Santos receives therapy every day, wears glasses, and is gaining a little weight and a lot of height.

Edmundo, Santos’ brother, came to Shalom a year later, after their mother died. His poor, elderly father brought him, begging the Home to take him in. Edmundo often got his meals out of neighbors’ garbage cans. As a result, he was weak from malnutrition and full of parasites.

Now he is doing really well and is happy all the time. Because he had never been to school, Edmundo started first grade at 8 years of age. Although two years behind other students, he’s grateful to be in school anyway. Now, he’s “a sweet guy with a big smile,” says Shalom’s director.

Both of these precious children are examples of what good can happen when concerned people intervene in situations of abuse and neglect, providing the love and care necessary to restore desperately needy children to health and happiness.

Your gifts to Child Abuse Intervention Fund help rescue numerous children like Santos and Edmundo from hopelessness. If you wish, a donation may be designated for Shalom Children’s Home, which presently cares for 70 orphaned boys and girls, ranging in age from newborns to 18.


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Child Abuse Intervention Fund is an affiliate of Worldwide Affiliated Ministries, which provides personnel and management services free of charge. Because of this connection, CAIF’s overhead was kept to a low 0.7% last year.