The home provides permanent and transitional care for girls who are victims of family violence and abuse, and those who are abandoned, or homeless. Through mentoring, family modelling and biblical counselling the Blackburn's are able to provide a safe environment for these girls to flourish and feel safe. The home provides safe housing, education, and assistance to the girls who have varying emotional and developmental problems, and have suffered material and moral abandonment. Each girl who is brought into the home is reassured daily of our love for them and our passion to protect them from the evils of the world. The Blackburn's provide a caring, loving home where the girls can heal from their past so that they can interact and maintain close relations with their new family assuring a smooth integration into society again. Scott and Tracy are blessed to see the girls become confident young women as they feel safe and loved in the home.
We are dedicated to serving these girls so that they may become rehabilitated from the situations in their past that have caused them so much pain. We work closely with the local Government, MIMP, (Children’s aid Peru), tells us they are processing up to 60 children a month.
The Blackburn’s are a family who sincerely love the Lord and want to extend His love to all people for whom Jesus sacrificed Himself on the Cross. Currently the monthly budget increases by $150 per child per month entering the home, but there can be additional expenses depending on medical and dental care required. This does not allow for anything fancy, only basic needs, public schooling, food, clothing, and personal items. They receive no monetary support from the local Government and rely on funding from churches, personal donations, and corporate sources. Would you prayerfully consider how you can help support La Buena Semilla. “It takes a village to raise a child,” please consider becoming a part of our village. We pray that God will preserve us as living vessels in His hands.
Three years ago in April 2014, Tracy and Scott Blackburn travelled to Peru, alongside the founder of iProjects, Alan Garrett, to visit the home. They went to see what God was calling them to. They left after that week wondering if they would return, could they do it, would their children think it was a good idea? Could God move their family
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to the jungle of Peru to ''do something?'' Tracy and Scott asked for many prayers, they asked God to reveal how He wanted them to use this home for His glory. It soon became clear what they were to do, and in October 2014 their family moved to Peru. Since then they have asked lots of questions to many different people including the government in Puerto Maldonado and the answer has always the same, that the home should be used as it was in the past, as a rescue home for tween and teen girls, a refuge from abusive situations, because there isn’t a home like that anywhere in the area. God had affirmed the direction of the home.
La Buena Semilla is located in the small town of Puerto Maldonado. The project property is 62 acres alongside the Tambopata River in the Amazon jungle of South Eastern Peru. The home was originally built in 2009 and opened shortly thereafter, caring for many tween and teen age girls through the years. La Buena Semilla has eight four-person dorms, each with a private bathroom. It also has a large kitchen and common area, and a 700 square foot apartment for the directors’ family. The home is a non-government rescue home for tween and teen age girls who have suffered at the hands of their abusers.
The home maintains a staff consisting of local employees, volunteers, and interns. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in serving, please contact iProjects for further information. To donate to the home or to help the Blackburns with their personal support please click the appropriate button.