As part of our Emmanuel Children’s Home jubilee year celebrations, in this month of May we held an institutional event in our town of Sant Just Desvern, to thank the Town Council and the different organisations and local people who have helped us over these last fifty years. Montserrat Primary School, Sant Just’s Institute of Secondary Education, and sports and cultural entities such as the Renata Ramos París School of Dance, the Musicians’ Workshop or Sant Just Football Club, have all helped us in training and looking after our children.
As you can see in the photo, several prominent people took part in the event. From left to right: Guillem Correa, the general secretary for Catalonia’s Evangelical Council; Fina Grau, the chair of the Emmanuel Children’s Home Association; Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira, a former politician and philologer and historian, author of the book “Història del protestantisme als Països Catalans” (“History of Protestantism in Catalan Speaking Territories”, published in 2016); Gina Pol, the councillor for mayoral affairs and social action at Sant Just Desvern Town Council; and Mariona Cardona, a member of the care team at the Emmanuel Children’s Home.
During the proceedings we also enjoyed watching the promotional video of the children and care team which make up our Children’s Home for this school year. You can see this video using the following links: Spanish Catalan
After she had spent several years with us, ten months ago our friend from Equatorial Guinea left our home, the “Resi”. She went to study in England. A surprise REUNION with her, during this holiday period, relieved our feelings of separation and loss – we were able to hug each other and catch up on our news. Our smiles, in the photo with her, are a testimony to how delighted we were to see each other again.
But we also experienced a goodbye which has affected us all very much. The husband of Fina Grau, our Home’s chair, died recently and unexpectedly in a tragic road accident. The pain of absence and loss is only relieved by the hope of a future REUNION, a conviction rooted in our faith. In the second photo we see Bernat, standing next to Fina and behind his sister Sara and his brother-in-law, the pastor Juan Martínez. This month we celebrated the Resurrection, on Easter Sunday, although we actually celebrate it every day.
In the photo our little girl is happy because she is wearing new glasses. She likes them and now she can see much better. And what about you? What’s your vision like? Do you see us clearly and kindly? Or maybe for you our Emmanuel Children’s Home is somewhat unfocused and unfamiliar... Maybe we seem like a very distant object because, although you’re aware of our existence, it’s been years since you got any updates on us...
We want to use this photo to encourage you to take a good look at us. We’d like you to look at our Home, the “Resi”, with new glasses. Step back and view us from a distance by taking a look at our fifty years of history. And come up close to observe the challenges facing us now and the children we’re looking after. And keep a front seat as we plan for the future. Thank you for keeping a good eye on us! Let’s all try to keep a clear vision of our past, present and future, for the well-being of many children.
The Emmanuel Children's Residence began to exist in 1967 as an initiative approved by a group of evangelical Christian women from Catalonia and Spain, and which became a reality in January 1969. Since then and up to the present, many people have worked in this service of welcoming the that many children have benefited.
The main reason of the Family Home is to favor the integral development of the children we serve, indirectly helping their families to re-establish adverse situations in order that each child can return to their home
These are children who share our day to day
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Bolivia. I like watching YouTube.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Paraguay. I like to sing.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Paraguay. I like to be castellera.
I was born in Bolivia. That’s where my family’s from. I like football.
I was born in Morocco. My family’s from Barcelona. I’d like to be a fireman or a policeman.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Bolivia. I like doing crafts.
I was born in Bolivia, where my family is from. I like fashion and design.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Colombia. I like to play soccer.
I was born in Catalonia, where my family is from. I like to play the electric guitar.
I was born in Bolivia, where my family is from. I like architecture.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Nigeria. I like to dance.
In the Canta y Ríe Collection, great singers and children from many places participate to support our Children's Home
The three Educators of the Children's Home work so that all the needs of the children are covered
I'm Mariona, I'm Catalan and my favorite hobbies are scrapbook, crochet and photography.
I'm Carme, I am Asturian and my favorite hobbies are the experimentation / culinary tasting, and the economic, political and social news.
I'm Alex, I'm Catalan and my favorite hobbies are music and Bible research.
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Bank Account: ES61 2100 9250 6922 0011 8569
BIC code for foreign donations: CAIXESBBXXX
Account owner: Residencia Infantil Emmanuel