Bringing Hope to Kyle
Kyle Elgen Acop lived with his mother and father in a very small house made of native materials, no electricity, no water, and no comfort room (bathroom). They cooked outside and used a candle or kerosene lamp at night. Despite the poverty and distance, Kyle walked to school every day; education was so important to him. Tragedy struck their home when Kyle’s father had a stroke and became totally dependent on his wife to provide their living. She worked as a house helper all week and came home each Sunday to bring food for her family. Having no way to work or buy medicine, the father became very depressed. One day Kyle’s father had someone carry him to the Public Health Center. There he waited his turn in long lines, to see the doctor hoping to receive free medication. Discouraged, despondent, in terrible pain he finally left the line and went to the comfort room, where he was later found dead, having hung himself. Harsh reality hit the family, who was now left with no father and a mother who had to be gone all week, working away from home. She was forced to place her children in the home of a nearby poverty stricken relative. A social worker in his town, seeing the struggle of the family and Kyle’s desire to go to school, referred Kyle to the LCP Hanson Dorm. Kyle is thankful to be sponsored by the “Uncles Bible Class.” He has flourished in the Hanson Dorm and was recently moved to the Consuelo Dorm when he turned thirteen. He is in the seventh grade and attends classes regularly. He is also very responsible following all of the rules and regulations of the shelter. Last year he was awarded “Most Cooperative.” Kyle’s dream is to be a teacher one day and he loves to play basketball and do artwork.