Developing Mentors »

“Pleeeeeeeease, can I stay a little longer?” Japheth looked at his caregiver, Sunday Yashim, from Kids with a Vision Foundation Children’s Home. “Pleeeeeease?” He smiled at Sunday for good measure as he waited for the answer. “Okay. You can stay until tonight!” He smiled at Japheth, pleased to see his excitement. Japheth, 15, is the […]

Providing Celebration »

The huge ball of Saran Wrap sat in the middle of the table. The teens at Jesus Name Children’s Home could see small treats and toys hidden beneath the layers of plastic. Wadson Delvar, Back2Back staff, explained the game to the children. Each of them would get a turn to unwrap the ball of Saran […]

A Future Worth the Fight »

Luis watched his mom collect pesos and count back change to the customer, who had just purchased a pair of shoes. She smiled at Luis’ mom before leaving. He watched his mom write down the purchase on a yellow pad of paper. There’s gotta be an easier way to keep records of what we sell, […]

The Elephant in the Room »

Jose made his way to the front of the crowd and walked slowly toward the large, black elephant. The tall cutout was covered in different colored chalks, looming and difficult to miss. This One21 Youth Retreat was Jose’s first. He and his younger brothers, all living with a foster family within Back2Back’s Foster Care Program, […]

Pursuing Excellence »

Dr. Kevin Browne, a forensic psychologist from the University of Nottingham, visited the Back2Back Mazatlán site in October. Browne’s extensive knowledge on child sexual abuse, abandonment and neglect, attachment theory, and deinstitutionalization greatly benefited the Back2Back staff. Dr. Browne’s vast knowledge on this wide array of topics helped to better inform Back2Back’s methods of care […]

Growing a Local Team »

Samantha looks at the crowded tables and listens to the loud chatter as it fills every crevice of the dining hall. She smiles as she watches the children eating their food and laughing alongside friends that sometimes feel more like family. Samantha and Raymundo have been working at Salvation Army Children’s Home for a little […]

A Birthday Celebration »

Jennifer looked around the room. Friends who had become family sang “Happy Birthday” to her and smiled as she went to make a wish and blow out her candles. The thirteen-year old girl felt emotion well in her throat, unsure how to convey gratitude outside of a small smile. Everyone clapped and waited patiently for […]

A Spiritual Retreat »

The light crept slowly into the dark rooms. One by one, the teens at Lighthouse Children’s Home got out of bed and prepared for their day. They were gathered in Les Cayes, a region in Southern Haiti, for a spiritual retreat. Wadson Delvar and Nixon Felix, Back2Back Haiti staff, were waiting for them at the […]

Raising Givers »

The children at Douglas Children’s Home are learning about giving. In 2016, they gathered together to fill shoeboxes with gifts for children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. This year, they brought their giving closer to home, in a Secret Santa gift exchange at Douglas. The children chose names out of a hat a […]

Playing with Ease »

The boys run fast under the heat of the sun on an uneven slope of land. Djackenson kicks the soccer ball hard towards Robenson, hopeful his teammate will make the goal. Robenson kicks the ball and it narrowly misses. A collective “UGH!” fills the air. The ball is retrieved, and the game resumes. This was […]

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