Friends & Volunteers

This page is dedicated to sharing stories, testimonies, and remembrances from volunteers to Tacachia and friends of the Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home.

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November 11, 2009: A message from Frank Farrell

In June 2009, I had the opportunity to join a group from Pine Forest United Methodist Church in Goldsboro, NC on a mission work team to Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home in Tacachia, Bolivia.  I really did not know what to expect but I was not prepared for the change in the direction of my life that would result from my experience in Tacachia.  Carrie, Gavin and the wonderful staff of the children’s home have allowed God to work through them to create a loving, caring, and supportive home for the orphaned and abandoned children who live at Kory Wawanaca.  I was deeply moved by my experience with the children and was amazed at their joyful spirits considering the personal hardships and tragedies they had endured.  The work tasks we did while at Tacachia primarily involved helping to build a retaining wall to expand the area available for farming and helping to dismantle an abandoned building and salvaging over 1700 adobe bricks for use in future projects.  While these and the other smaller tasks we assisted with were physically challenging and hard work, I do think they contributed in some small way to the operation of the home.  However, it was the time spent with the children; playing, eating together, riding them on my shoulders, that was most meaningful to me. It was clear to me the Kory Wawanaca Children’s Home was making a difference in these children’s lives.  I cringe at the thought of where these children would be without the children’s home.

Frank and one of the Golden Children

Frank and one of the Golden Children

After returning to Goldsboro, I decided to retire from my position as Director of O’Berry Neuro-Medical Treatment Center.  I had worked at O’Berry 34 years and still found my work very rewarding and fulfilling.  However, I knew I wanted to participate in more mission work, hopefully at the children’s home but perhaps in other places as well.

In October 2009, I was able to return to Bolivia for a month with another group from Pine Forest Methodist Church to assist with the construction of a home for the older children in La Paz.  We were able to spend our weekends in Tacachia and the same loving, caring atmosphere was evident that I had witnessed in June.  It is my hope that I will be able to continue to be involved with Kory Wawanaca in some way in the future.  My experiences had been personally rewarding and have reminded me of our calling as Christians to serve others.

“Jesus said, let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew 19:14