The project began in 2012, as one of the projects of Sus Hijos / His Children Foundation, supporting young adults and teenagers from both public and private children protection centers across El Salvador. When these teenagers turn eighteen they are required to leave the centers where they have been most of their lives, forcing them into independence and a reality very different from what they are used to.
Although forced to leave the center, these young people have yet to achieve an appropriate level of education, are not emotionally prepared for a life change, most do not have a family waiting for them and they lack the fundamental skills to obtain a formal job. They are completely unprepared to sustain themselves financially outside of the centers they have called home.
Some of these young adults, completely out of options, were forced to live on the streets. It was there we recognized the same faces we had seen grow up in the centers, begging on the street, without a roof over their heads.
Thus, the Fundación Sus Hijos Transition House Project was created, providing a house for young ladies and a house for young men, formerly known as:
“Potter’s Hands” – Girl’s Transition House (GTH)
“Forest of peace” – Boy’s Transition House (BTH)
The Transition Home Project is designed for young people with the desire to excel but lack resources or tools to achieve their dreams and a family able to support them. We have also accepted young adults from low income communities with limited opportunities, as well as young adults we’ve come to know through projects and programs we partner with.
There are five main areas of focus within the program for the integral development of our youth; job placement, education, physical health/wellness, psychological care, and spiritual growth.
Through these pillars, we encourage our young adults to continue with their academic preparation. We help them pursue possible scholarships based of their current standing, from grade school to college. Our goal is to provide them the training and experiences needed to later improve their living conditions.
We seek to train young people in areas such as oral and written expression, resume creation, personal presentation, interpersonal relationships, vocational workshops, technical courses and internships that provide connections that open job opportunities, guaranteeing future independence.
As a foundation we strive to promote responsibility, self-esteem, good habits, decision-making and autonomy, promoting management of personal finances and independence, to ensure stability in our graduates and culminating a successful transition.
As a transition house, we seek to reinforce Christian values and principles that can integrally build up our young people’s lives. We provide emotional care, psychological process and follow up of each young person, whether that be individual or collective, to benefit their adaptation to society.
We take on the responsibility of facilitating medical care according to the needs of each of our youth; taking into account physical and mental health, visual and dental health, or any other necessary treatments that can improve their quality of life.
With each new young person that joins one of our transition houses, a different adventure begins. Dreams and goals that seemed impossible begin to take shape! Using the five pillars of the program as a basis and working day by day as a team with all the leaders, our youth are empowered to create new foundations. These foundations drive them to forge a clearer purpose for their lives, giving them the chance they deserve to successfully adapt to society.
Through these means, our transition houses protect, educate, train, instruct, and empower young Salvadorans with great ideals. We believe in those without the means to achieve their ideals, so they can learn to believe in themselves.
Luke 9:48 NIV
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