Enews: Spring Brings Growth to MSC
At Mustard Seed Communities, we aim to ensure that no child is ever abandoned twice. In order to preserve this vision, we must continue to expand our programs and grow our presence in the countries where we serve. Expansion has recently taken root in Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Jamaica and Zimbabwe. As a result of your ongoing support, each country will experience an increase in capacity and quality of care. It will be a transformative year at MSC and we are pleased to share the latest!
In 2006, MSC acquired property adjacent to our current home in Dominican Republic with hopes of future expansion. Those aspirations have finally come to life through the efforts of many in recent years. Capital projects are now in motion to grow the capacity of Hogar Immanuel to 40 children, doubling the number of residents currently in our care. The expansion will include four cottages, on-site mission housing, a kitchen, utility building, chapel and an enclosed play area to aid in the development of our residents.
The construction of a new building at Hogar Belen Managua, our home for younger children in Nicaragua, comes on the heels of the successful completion and dedication ceremony of the Chapel in Diriamba. The previous wood frame building suffered from substantial termite damage and has long-awaited renovation. Subsequently, the home received seven new residents in the last year making the existing need all the more urgent. Construction is underway on the new building which will contain the kitchen, dining area and administrative offices. Mission teams who visited Nicaragua this spring worked alongside our local contractors supplying enthusiasm and hours of labor for this project.
Jacob's Ladder is bustling with construction and expansion. This particular apostolate was specifically developed to care for adults with disabilities. The 100-acre property is located in the rural town of Moneague and will eventually house over 500 residents. Specialized mission teams completed new cottages this spring. 12 older residents of MSC whose needs will be best served at Jacob's Ladder will soon join the 50 adults already residing there.
Due to the local need, MSC Zimbabwe was formed with a vision of looking after as many children as possible. We have taken great strides towards this goal in recent months with the development of a third children’s home in the Bulawayo area. The new residence will have a capacity of 24 children bringing the total number of children under our full-time care to 70.
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