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Casa de Misericordia

Abuse. Neglect. Alcoholism. Drug addiction. Prostitution. Out of dark and desperate situations, the children of Piedras Negras, Mexico, arrive at the Casa de Misericordia (House of Mercy) orphanage. Since the orphanage opened in 2005, more than 180 different children have come through its doors, usually after being removed from the home by child-protective services. Casa de Misericordia houses up to 40 children at one time, with some of them returning home when the situation improves. Sandra, one of the children living at House of Mercy, is thankful to be there: “I came from [another] orphanage where they beat us. Here, all I’ve found is love. I like when Americans come to play with us. After I finish school, I want a good job to support my family and help other orphanages.”  “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:7-8).