facts about the La Luz Children’s Home:
- Ages served: 3 – 12 years of age
- Facility: Separate dorms for the girls and boys include beds, small kitchens, bathrooms and a dining room. The center of the Home has a large courtyard area for recreation. The Sisters have offices, a separate dormitory, and a full kitchen and dining room as well.
- Boarding: Children stay at the La Luz Home during the school week. On the weekends and during holidays, they reside with a relative or guardian that has been approved by social services to care for the child.
- Education: School-aged children attend local public schools where core academic subjects are taught. Younger children stay at the Home during the day under the supervision of the Sisters. Afterschool, they receive tutoring as well as vocational skills training at the Home.
- Academic year: School typically begins in mid-August, and students enjoy summer vacation for two months starting in June. There is also a two-week winter break in December.
- Nutrition and health: Children receive nutritious meals each day, and their health is closely monitored. Medical care is provided as needed.
Today, Mexico is the world’s tenth most populous nation — and largest Spanish-speaking country by population — with a growing, diversified economy and a relatively stable democratic government. However, despite the country’s wealth of culture, history, natural resources and beauty, many natives and immigrants are plagued by impoverished living conditions. Crime and murder rates in the country are high, and corruption and drug cartel activity are constant sources of concern despite efforts to eliminate them.
The city of Guadalajara is no exception to these maladies. Here, our affiliated site, the La Luz Children’s Home, serves as a beacon of hope for many impoverished boys and girls. The Home’s mission is to provide shelter for children who have one or both parents serving time in prison. Founded by Father Ramon Aguirre in 1986, La Luz is run by an order of nuns who provide a stable environment for children to live while receiving a well-rounded education.