Is it odd that strolling into a brothel doesn’t seem strange? Sometimes I wonder. Last week, we couldn’t take our bus to La Terminal, so we went old-school and visited the ladies directly in their places of work. Out of nowhere a very drunk man approached me and asked in broken English, “Lady, what you […]

Week 52

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the sun,” taught the Qoheleth. True that. As I sit with my second cup of coffee this morning (okay, and third) and consider this past year, it seems 2023 may have been a time for not quite EVERYthing for Tamar’s Hope, but […]

Pretty Faces, Beautiful Hearts

Over the past year we’ve been privileged to welcome several new staff and volunteers to our Tamar’s Hope team. These are some seriously servant-hearted people and we love ’em lots. Just wanted to take a moment to show them off to you…   Roberta – Life Coach and Beauty Expert Roberta laughs loud, hard and […]


Sitting through two and half hours of the assiduous, one-by-one marching through diplomas, handshakes, announcements and poses – not just once, but two days in a row –  is right up there among my top 10 ideas of personal torture!! And I wish every one of our Tamar’s Hope partners could have been at last […]


When is a sheet of paper a miracle? When it’s a Mexican birth certificate; that’s when. Some of you might remember the story, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a quick recap. G is the mother of three adorable little boys. Her oldest, Y, was born in Mexico, eight years ago. Shortly after […]

One Word

Sometimes it takes one word. I’m not sure who was more surprised when I poked my head through the door. She’s been gone for years. I’d heard she was back but I hadn’t seen her since my return from Canada, and I’d pretty much forgotten she was supposed to be here. We’ve known her for […]

Oh Happy Day

“It’s been worth every tear!” You know, when you ask people to talk about their experiences in getting an education, this is a pretty good one. “Worth every tear.” Yesterday we invited one of our qualified nurses and two current nursing students to talk with some of the ladies of La Linea about school and […]

No One

“No one has seen me naked for three years!” That is probably the most beautifully triumphant statement any of our sweet ladies have uttered in recent years. “No one…” That “no one” holds so much unspoken power. It means dignity – the years of unspeakable daily humiliations gone forever. It means healing as tears and […]

Open for Business

The dream was never a building. We are immensely grateful for it; overwhelmed, actually. But it was never the dream. It was a desire, certainly. And a need. My goodness, we grew out of the first La Puerta very quickly. But a space is just a space, and we’ve become pretty good at making things […]

The One Who Got Away

I love this photo. And yes, I realize that for you it is entirely useless since you can’t see the faces. But I can. I know those faces, and I love them. Two of them are dead. Both were murdered in acts of unspeakable brutality, and they represent just a tiny number of those who […]

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