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Bethesda Orphanage

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Updates/ Current Projects:

From December 2014 to Present:


After many long months of working through government requirements and regulations, we finally received our first 3 babies July of 2016! It was most certainly a long, tiresome mountain to climb to reach this point. However, we trust God's hand and timing in all things. In this, we can remember, "Don't tell God how big your mountain is. Tell the mountain how big your GOD IS!" He can help us overcome all odds.


Below is the History of Events That Took Place to Get the Orphanage Up and Running:


TIMELINE OF EVENTS:


•Legal Association developed in August of 2014
•Property purchased in October of 2014
•Director and Co-Director Daniel and Natasha Cervantes moved into the Main Home December 2014
• The house needed many repairs and renovations to meet DIF requirements. Most renovations were completed by April 2015.
•During this time, Daniel and Natasha were also working with the DIF to complete the necessary inspections and paperwork in order to qualify for receiving children.
• The first 3 children were received in July of 2016
• Lazar Stefko joined the Cervantes family as a permanent caregiver in August of 2016
• Since then, many more children have come, and also been adopted out.

CERTIFICATES/ INSPECTIONS THAT WERE NEEDED BEFORE CHILDREN COULD BE GRANTED:
•City Inspection and Certificate
•State Inspection and Certificate
•Health Department Approval and Certificate
•Fire Safety Inspection, Training, and Certificate
•Building Structure Inspection performed by a DIF approved Engineer
•Electrical Inspection
•Gas Inspection and Certificate
•The Civil Protection Agency inspection and certificate
•And after all of these were presented to the DIF, they would then process everything together and grant a “License to Operate”


We plan to add more children and caregivers as the Lord provides.



Our property currently consists of two caregiver's dwellings (which can only accompany 11 children at most). This capacity is filled and we will need to look at plans to add additional houses on the property with additional caregivers, and each child growing up in a family-style setting. We believe this will be the best way to raise these precious children, and prepare them for their lives ahead and beyond these walls.


Present Needs:
•A proper secure fence lining the inner portion of the property. Estimated Cost: $23,000 USD.
•An additional orphanage van.

•Outdoor play items and an area for the children (including swings, slides, a sports area which is roofed in)

•New Homes will be needed to exceed the 11 children limit



Future Needs:
The Orphanage will EITHER:
•   1. Need to receive power from the city before any other homes are constructed. The Quote for this was: $388 900 PESOS, so roughly $22, 222 USD. 
•   2. THE OTHER OPTION would be to just add more solar panels and batteries (roughly $6, 000 USD in costs)

•More livestock (for sustainability). We currently have 5 milking goats for the baby food, and 15 chickens which provide us eggs.

•Any agricultural aids

 Also, these are not necessities but would be nice additions to the property:
•Eventually, more trees should be planted to help with privacy of each home, and for shade.
•Additional solar panels once future homes are constructed to lower electrical costs.


-Building an additional structure for work-teams and church functions.

-Building a proper storage garage for orphanage materials and supplies (there are currently two small sheds).


PRESENT SUPPLY NEEDS:


•Cribs
•Pack-and-Plays
•Diapers (sizes 3 to 5)
•Wipes
• clothing/ shoes for 2,4,6,7 year old girls



We will keep you all updated!


God bless each of you for your interests.


**Unfortunately DUE TO THE MEXICAN DIF PRIVACY POLICY, we  cannot post any pictures of the children on social media. **
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