New Hope Peru serves orphaned and vulnerable children and families in Southern Peru through a combination of residential care and family-based care services, including family reintegration and adoption for eligible children.
Our residential care program provides family-style, individualized care for vulnerable children. Children at New Hope, ranging from babies to older children in vocational training or higher education, live in casitas (small family-style apartments) with groups of 4-5 other children and their house parents. Every child in our residential care program has a specific care plan focused on getting them into a family-based solution.
The children living at New Hope come from a variety of backgrounds, and many have family members (parents or extended family members) who are still part of their lives. Situations involving alcohol and drug abuse, domestic abuse and other relationship problems, imprisonment, health crisis, and extreme poverty often lead to children being removed from their home setting and placed in a children’s home like ours. In these cases, one of our primary focuses is in working with the family members to assess whether there are interventions that could be made to allow the children to return home eventually. This is a priority for the Peruvian government and we work closely with them to assess the safety of the children and advocate for their best interests in relation to their families of origin.
New Hope Children’s Home was founded in 1995 in response to the number of orphaned and abandoned children that were living on the streets at that time.
1993: New Hope founders, David and Debbie Bolos, moved to Arequipa, Peru as missionaries and were struck by the number of orphaned and abandoned children living on the streets. At that time, there were very limited resources available for vulnerable children. They began working on the logistics to open the first privately run children’s home in Arequipa.
1995: New Hope Children’s Home opened in Hunter, a small village in the rural outskirts of Arequipa. Soon there were 25 children living in the small, two-story rented home and there was no way to create more space to take more children in. Funds were raised to purchase land for a new home in the village of Pachacutec and construction began quickly.
1996: The new home in Pachacutec opened and includes a playground, soccer and volleyball courts, a kitchen, a chapel, a bakery, a library and open space for the children to play. The property is constructed with little apartments to accommodate family-style, small group living for the kids and their house parents.
2018: After 23 years of serving vulnerable children through our residential care program, New Hope began a process of transitioning to a more holistic model of care focusing on family-based solutions, including reintegration support, kinship (extended family) care, and adoption.
2019: New Hope Peru joined CAFO (Christian Alliance for Orphans) and began working with a local coalition to establish foster care as part of the spectrum of care for children separated from parental care.
Our mission and guiding values
To serve orphaned, abandoned and at-risk children of Peru; to demonstrate the love of Christ in our actions and manner of work; to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care for the children entrusted to us.
To see children heal from the trauma they have experienced and be enabled to flourish – establishing a personal, life changing faith in Jesus Christ, developing skills to make positive personal choices, engaging in healthy personal and family relationships, and being actively involved in their local communities and vocational choices.
Our guiding values
We believe children are best cared for in families. We believe that Scripture and social science both confirm that children are best cared for in nurturing families. When a family of origin cannot provide this, an alternate family-based solution is best.
We provide adoptive-style residential care as a temporary solution for vulnerable children. We care for children in residential care as members of a family: providing low staff-to-child ratios, family-style living arrangements and personalized care for individual needs and interests. Each child has an individual care plan focused on a family-based solution through reintegration support, kinship (extended family) care, or adoption for those who are eligible.
We see children as individuals. Every child’s situation is different and complex, therefore care solutions vary greatly and are pursued carefully. Each child is unique in their needs, interests, and giftings, therefore we provide opportunities for pursuing individual interests to be pursued and individual needs to be met.
We are a Christian home. We believe it is our responsibility as Christ followers to care for vulnerable children. We acknowledge God’s design for children to be part of a nurturing family and pursue family-based solutions as a result.
Our board of directors
As a registered 501(c)3, a Board of Directors oversees the work being done by New Hope. Each member of the board signs our doctrinal statement and brings their own experience, skills and abilities to help ensure that New Hope is faithfully carrying out its mission.
- Current board members
- Eric Eaton – chair
- Nate DeWitt
- Doug Bartlett
- Bryan Adam
- Kathleen Dunlap
Statement of Faith
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
- We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
- We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
- We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
- We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.