The 2013 Luministas and their leaders forged new connections with Nicaraguan children and youth. At Los Quinchos orphanage they met brave children, ages 2 to 18, who have been orphaned or abandoned by poverty-stricken parents who cannot care for them.
“Many were starving on the streets of Managua before they came to the orphanage,” Jennifer said. “Many had been abused, some raped and abandoned. It was good to see that the kids had a clear sense of safety and care. They didn’t expect anything from us. We danced, read and just talked together. Their strength and grace was truly inspirational.”
When the visiting Luministas discovered the children had no food for supper, they bought beans and rice for them, as well as kitchen supplies and utensils. “The children’s needs are great and we hope to be able to provide more help going forward,” said Jackie Wells, Project Lumina co-founder. “Our girls plan to start with a clothing drive and look for ways to make a big impact on a small group of children.”