In March 2013 we began the design of the new home – Hogar de Cristo (Christ’s Home). We performed a complete soil study; topographic survey; and water and electrical studies to assess our new infrastructure requirements for the project. In November 2013 we began renovations of both the property and existing structures, moving earth to accommodate the new structures and adding new potable water and electrical systems. Since then, with the help of our generous donors and volunteers, we have renovated two existing structures, built five new ones, completed a new road to the home, and installed security gates to the property.
Once complete, the Hogar de Cristo will consist of three renovated buildings and 30 new buildings, including: an administration building, a medical office, dormitories, dormitory showers/bathrooms, classrooms, a library, a kitchen, a dining hall, a gym, a bakery, a nursery, a sewing shop and a Chapel. Hogar de Cristo will be home to 160 children and will provide a loving community family environment where the children will be cared for, educated, and taught the skills and trades necessary to be successful in adulthood.The Emiliani Project’s plan is to open the Hogar de Cristo in phases. In each phase we will rescue 30 children while we continue the completion of the home. It’s now that we are close bringing in our first 30 kids; however, we first need a kitchen and dining room. The goal of this campaign is to begin construction of the kitchen and dining room on top of the already completed foundation in February 2017. We are $100,000 short of our goal.