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
Just like in the photo, we always try to put lots of fun and colour into our daily lives at our Home, the “Resi”. Looking at this first term of the new 2019-2020 school year, we see good contrast and things in focus. The brightness of the present provides plenty of colour saturation. But right now we are also celebrating the past. Our jubilee year, the 50th anniversary of the Emmanuel Children’s Home, is a birthday tribute to five decades which have enriched our present.
We tend to think of former times in sepia tones or in black and white. But that wasn’t how it was. It is no longer valid, but at the time it was very important. Back then, its present was full of colour. The importance of it for us today is that the kindness and effort of many people made possible the present which we now enjoy. Yesterday’s initiatives have led to today’s realities. Fifty years of service providing tenderness and teaching, offering protection and correction, sharing joys and disappointments, dispensing love and truth… That’s what “Emmanuel” is all about.
We offer a huge thank you to everybody: the founders, supporters, volunteers, professionals and friends who over five decades have spent time and effort helping many children in their present. It’s involved many people and many experiences. Many children who are now adults benefited from a huge group of significant people. Thank you for remembering and celebrating with us so much “accumulated present”. And you know what? None of it happened in black and white. It’s been fifty years of glorious Technicolor!
We begin this new school year with three new children, three lovely little sunbeams! The little three-year-old joins his three siblings who are already at our Home, the “Resi”. The girl and boy, cousins from Paraguay, have taken up the place of a brother and sister who left our Home during last school year and who, quite by chance, were also from Paraguay. We’re pleased that these first few days have seen the three newcomers adapting well.
We begin our “marathon” with a total of 11 children, which is quite some family group! We wish those who have left, and those who have just started the adventure of a new school term here, a great school year, and hopes and desires to overcome the new challenges facing them. Our heartfelt best wishes also go to their families, with the hope that their varied circumstances will improve. Thank you to all of you who support the “Resi” in different ways. We’re on the road again! We need you!
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!
These are children who share our day to day
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Bolívia. I like to play.
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Bolivia. I like watching YouTube.
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Paraguai. I like computer games.
I was born in Catalonia and my family is from Bolivia. I like doing crafts.
I was born in Catalonia. My family is from Paraguay. I like animals.
I was born in Morocco. My family’s from Barcelona. I’d like to be a fireman or a policeman.
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 Bolivia, where my family is from. I like architecture.
I was born in Catalonia, where my family is from. I like to play the electric guitar.
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