The Orphanage - About El Faro 1The El Faro orphanage was started about 9 years ago by Lupe and Miguel who took in a few needy kids at their home on top of a land fill in eastern Tijuana. Over the years, the home grew to about 80 residents, more makeshift buildings and tremendous everyday needs.
The fill dirt where the buildings are built is supported by tires which are falling over the cliff each year into the sewerage canal.
The orphanage has two dorms, one each for the boys and girls, a kitchen, dining room, pantry, office, storage rooms and a sleeping area for the workers are also on site. The home is in dire need of many housing needs like plumbing, windows, curtains, boilers, security fence, etc. The staff of 5 consists of very poor mothers and their children who live at the home for no pay, but need to clean, cook, wash, care for 50 orphans and many other duties. The orphanage’s main support is funded by Corazon de Vida, which provides food, pays for their propane gas, electricity and other utilities. Other groups are approached for help with school, gasoline, medical and other needs that a family of over 50 requires.
Two years ago, Lupe moved about 25 of the El Faro teens to just north of Ensenada (two hours south) into a very rural area and started another orphanage there for teens called Rancho El Faro. The EF teen girls were not coming home when they should and the teen boys were getting into fights with the neighbors. Lupe thought it would be best to move the children away from such an urban area, away from trouble. She left her daughter Ana at EF to help and support the 50 under 13 year old children.
The best option for the children of El Faro would be to move the orphanage into another appropriate building or find land and build a home from the ground up. The existing El Faro structures are so decayed that it would not be worth putting a large sum of money into such deteriorated buildings. In addition, the neighborhood is infested with drugs, gangs and other bad elements that worry the home directors, children and other donors.
Your support of relocating them would be a blessing.
From Corazon de Vida: