From the Ground Up

Feb 1, 2018

Steph Duff

Five hundred and forty-two of you visited Mazatlán in 2017. Five hundred and forty-two pairs of hands and feet moving, building, and working on behalf of the orphaned and vulnerable child. Five hundred and forty-two of you took part in improving Rancho de los Niños home.

Ground was broken in 2017 on two new family-style homes at Rancho de los Niños Children’s Home. Teams, construction crews, and Back2Back staff have worked diligently in the heat to prepare new homes that will offer family-style living. They have two apartment-style areas where four children will live with house parents.

“We are hopeful construction will be complete at the end of February,” shared Ethan Drent, Back2Back staff. The children are excited for what’s to come as they imagine their new living spaces. There have been a couple days where they’ve helped paint the rooms, giving their time and energy to their future homes.

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As the construction is finished, the children will all move into one of the homes together, with their caregivers. “We will work to make sure the transitions aren’t too abrupt,” explained Ethan. “We want ensure the teens slowly become accustomed to their new arrangements and schedules.” The original home will be used as a multi-resource facility providing space for various therapies. “I look forward to when the children move to their new room,” said Ethan.

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You’ve helped provide new homes, from the ground up, better suited for each child at Rancho, and we thank you for your dedication in helping to provide the best care. Thank you for partnering with Back2Back Mazatlán in being the difference for one.

Steph Duff is a writer, daughter, sister, and really loud laugher. By day she lends her voice on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children with Back2Back Ministries. By night she is readily found with her nose in a book and spending time with her dachshund, Addy. At all hours, she can be found consuming copious amounts of coffee. She feels most herself in the heat of India and prefers her mugs big, her books long, and her words intentional.

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