Reynosa, Mexico (2011)

Rio Bravo Children's Home is an orphanage located in Reynosa, Mexico, just across the border from McAllen, Texas along the Rio Grande. img_0233TWCD went there in April 2011 along with a group of volunteers to assist with a number of projects and helping the orphanage to grow. 


 


 

Though funding and operating orphanages in Mexico are difficult enough,  increased fighting along the US border between the Mexican government and the powerful drug cartels that operate there has made things even worse.  There are many people and institutions which serve them that are finding it difficult to get help because the growing conflicts along the border 

  


Included among those who are having problems is the Rio Bravo Children's Home.  Founded and supported by Ray and Leah Hansen of the Rio Bravo Ministries and based in Reynosa, the orphanage is currently home to around 70 children and acts as a beacon of hope for its community.img_0178


This is TWCD's second trip to the Rio Bravo Children's home, which has been struggling under the current situation in Mexico.  Together with a group a volunteers, we completed a number of projects, including tearing down a gym wall and preparing the area to be expanded, laying down carpet in an expanded section of one of the boys' homes, putting up dry wall in one of the offices being set up to help run the orphanage, painted the doors of the orphange's school and set up a pair of basketball hoops for the kids.  We also had the opportunity to hang out with the kids and see the great work that is being done by the good people who run the orphange.  




 










 

Links : 




Rio Bravo Ministries - http://www.rio-bravo.org/