In Nicaragua, the inclusion of people with disabilities has been a slow process. Since the mid-2000s, Tesoros de Dios has worked to promote that integration by developing the skills and gifts of children and adolescents with disabilities. Throughout this process, God has demonstrated his faithfulness and mercy. Use the interactive timeline below to learn how God has transformed a small horse therapy program into the center now known as Tesoros de Dios.

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2004

Lorena Mántica began providing equine therapy to children with disabilities at her horseback riding school. At the time, equine therapy was an innovative and ground-breaking therapy in Nicaragua, so Lorena founded one of the country’s first equine therapy centers, Rahamin (Mercy of God). In a few months, the center grew from one child to twenty and necessitated the addition of two more staff members.

2004

2005

The Samaritan Foundation (Fundación El Samaritano), with the support of Nour and Carolina Sirker, adopted Rahamin to establish a formal center. In February, Pastor Jim Wilson from Ohio visited Rahamin, which led him to raise the funds for a building in honor of his own son with disabilities, Bradley. Construction of the first floor was completed by December and the building was named Bradley’s House of Hope. In 2005, Keith and Becky Taylor brought the first of many teams from Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital to perform evaluations and make therapy recommendations for the children. Michelle Adams, a special education teacher, began to volunteer periodically.

2006

We began to use the first floor of the new building, and towards the end of this year, the second floor is finished. We hired a physical therapist to work full-time. Also, Michelle Adams joined the staff as a full-time volunteer to begin the special education program.

At end of this year, Lorena Mantica resigned from her position as director.

2007

At the beginning of 2006, Michelle Adams was named director of the center. In that same year, more staff for horse therapy and a new teacher were hired, and missionary Jeannie Huyser began to work with the mothers offering discipleship to them.

2008

Friends of Bradley’s House of Hope was established in the States to serve as a channel to raise funds for the center.

2011

The Board of God’s Treasures was formed, and had their first meeting in Illinois as a board. We also sent our first outreach team abroad to Honduras.

2012

On June 2012, we became independent and were officially recognized in Nicaragua as an NGO (non-profit organization) with the name of God’s Treasures, Tesoros de Dios. On October, we added the Outreach Program to Churches, and hired a staff member to specifically work with the churches. By the end of this year, we had around 80 children with disabilities and 14 full-time, hired staff.

2013

We were growing and needing more space for the different programs and children. So, after prayer and the support of different churches and donors, we were able to buy a two-floor house next to our current building owned by the Sirker family, who supported the center while we were under Fundación el Samaritano. The house became the special education building, and is referred as Casa Carolina (Caroline’s House) after Carolina Sirker.

2014

Different members of God’s Treasures Board had visited sporadically to visit the center; however, on October 2014, the Board came to visit and have a meeting in Nicaragua for the first time.

2015

We added the autism program since the number of students with autism was increasing. We also extended our outreach program by hiring a staff to do outreach work in Matagalpa, and by hiring another staff to dedicate completely on working with general schools our children attend in Managua. Additionally, thanks to donations of various people, churches, and even schools, we were able to buy two coasters for the transportation of the children.

2016

Tesoros de Dios had enrolled around 120 children, and had 25 full-time, hired staff. We came across the need to grow in infrastructure to enroll more children, and provide a service of excellence. So, EMI (Engineering Mission International) came to help us dream and make plans in infrastructure for the future, which includes a horse arena, new special education building, vocational building, and remodeling the building we have. In this same year, we were able to buy land to begin with the first phase, which is the horse arena.

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