We will remember the school year now drawing to a close for the never-ending road works carried out in our street. It has been a tiresome year with heavy machinery, construction workers, noise, dust, mud, traffic restrictions and inconvenience. In addition, various new buildings under construction have added to the hubbub of concrete mixers, bulldozers and disk grinders on both sides of the street. When our children asked about the din, we jokingly replied that all those shouts from the workers were because they’d lost a coin or a contact lens and were digging everything up trying to find it.
Just like the work carried out on buildings and streets, the lives of our children are also under construction. They are projects which, if you only look at one day’s work, don’t seem to progress much. But as the weeks and months go by, we get to notice significant changes. We see how work gets completed and how the intentions in the plans materialise. The children are finishing this school year with many objectives fulfilled. And now they face new realities, new life-stages that are now set in motion.
They are lives under construction. With improvements and changes. Several of our oldest charges are now starting to get short periods of work experience, which will help them in various ways. Other, who are slightly younger, are finishing at primary school and will be going on to secondary education in September. One important change is that this month we say goodbye to our eleven-and-a-half year old Bolivian friend, who joined us at the beginning of the school year, good-natured and full of energy (he’s the one in the middle of the photo). We hope that everything that has been built into his life in the last year will serve him in good stead as he goes back to his home country. We will miss you a lot!
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.
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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