Guerrilla Self-Protection is helping to restore and empower "street kids" through their study with Ben and the work of Casa Gabriel, a trafficking and violence rescue located in Quito Ecuador.
From the Casa Gabriel Website:
"Casa Gabriel unofficially began in 2001 as 'The Quito Street Kids Training Ministry'. Some of the Youth World staff were burdened by the boys that they saw living on the street and began to offer meals, a change of clothes and a Bible study one or two days per week. Later, Gabriel, a young Peruvian Christian who had also spent time on the streets and had been reaching out on his own to younger street kids heard about what Youth World was doing and was asked to partner with what was going on. For a time many of the boys slept in the former Youth World office. In 2003, under the leadership of Phil Douce, this outreach to street kids officially became Casa Gabriel, a ministry of Youth World and One Collective (formerly International Teams) with a strong vision of training and discipleship. In 2005 the home and property where the boys now reside was purchased. Casa Gabriel fulfilled the vision of not only a place to live, but to intentionally train and equip young men to become ambassadors for Jesus Christ."
The purpose of Casa Gabriel is to provide for the:
- Physical Needs: Safety, nutrition, rest, medical care, clothing.
- Emotional Needs: Love expressed through genuine relationships and value each participant that has been created in the image of God.
- Academic Needs: Bases of primary, secondary education, and promotion of a university career.
- Social needs: Examples of lives with appropriate social communication and behavior.
- Mission needs: Discovering their true identity in God and learning that He has a purpose for their lives today as well as in the future.
- Spiritual Needs: Spiritual development and practice is incorporated into all training.