What is the city of children?

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The City of Children is an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico, where many mission trips go every year. 

It just so happens that this is where I am headed in 30 days, so I decided to do a feature on COC in the hopes that this may be the place that you would like to serve as well.

The City of Children was started in 1970 in an attempt to help get some of the orphans off of the streets of Ensenada. Since then, it has grown to hold around 100 children ranging from 6 months old to 18 years old.

While the actual grounds and structure of the orphanage is a breath of fresh air compared to some of the slums of the city, it is not the appearance of the place that make it so special. It is its mission and character that draws people to it with a desire to help.

Each child that is in the program has a story or background of some sort, a story that is much more difficult and heartbreaking than anything that you and I have been through. It was for these little ones that the city was created.

The city is run with the utmost meticulousness and care; each day is scheduled with play time, school, meals and some sort of devotional. The creators of COC wanted to give the children a routine, something that would not change because adjusting to the orphanage is a big change in itself.

It is obvious that this place is one where God is at work, and He would be pleased with the way they are serving Him.

It is probably obvious, but I am so excited to get to serve here as well.

Know anyone who has been to the City of Children too? Tell me about them below!

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  1. This sounds like a wonderful organization! It is great that these orphans have a place where they can get off the streets and be cared for. Where do the children go once they have aged out of the program and become adults?

    • My team leaders actually told us at the last meeting that they are trying to build a sort of in-between house where young adults can go after they get out of the city that way they aren’t just thrown out into reality. I am not totally sure what they are doing right now with the ones who are 18, but I know that they can always contact the city if they need to which is so cool. Thanks for your feedback!!

  2. I’ve heard so many awesome stories of people’s experiences here, and I’m so excited for you to go and see what God is doing in the City of Children too! This post was very well worded, and it was so great to read a short history of the COC as well as your sincere hopes and thoughts about going there. Great post, Erin!

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