In 1999, Mama Carmen and Papa Jorge Gonzales opened the doors of their home to a few abandoned children living on the streets.
Word spread and in a very short amount of time children were being dropped off in the middle of the night by relatives who could not care for them, or were frightened because of a history of abuse.
Mama Carmen and Papa Jorge used their retirement funds to purchase a small piece of property 20 years ago in Tijuana and built Casa Hogar Sion, formally El Faro 2, an orphanage.
Within a few months of their brave beginning, Jorge and Carmen were “parents” to more than 60 children. Food was often scarce in the early days at El Faro 2. The lights were frequently turned off as the home struggled to make ends meet.
Taking care of 100 hundred children is not without it’s struggles, but with the love and devotion and strength of Mama Carmen, and Papa Jorge, and the staff, the orphanage has flourished.
Through the efforts of affiliated churches and independent groups, private and corporate donors, there are now 7 buildings. All the children are going to school, and some of the older children are in private school and trade tech. There is a computer lab with 10 new networked computers and classes running five days a week.
Mama Carmen not only wants to protect and take care of her children, she wants to provide them with opportunity and hope that only education can provide. In focusing on education, and leading by example, Mama and Papa and the staff take care of their children and their children’s children.