The Hugo Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to Create Better Lives for Orphans. In 1995, at the age of 3 months, I was adopted from Casa de María y El Niño, an orphanage in Medellin, Colombia. Since my adoption, I was lucky enough to grow up with an incredibly loving and supportive family. Ever since I was a young child, my parents have shared my story with me and helped me to understand the beauty of Medellin, and the valuable contribution Casa de María y El Niño has made to its community. Throughout my early childhood, I posed many questions to my parents: “What are Colombians known for” ; “What do the buildings look like?” and “Why do I not look like you?”
As I got older, the questions deepened and included – “Why did my birth parents put me up for adoption?” or “How come they couldn’t raise me”? The questions I asked and the responses I received left me feeling empty and lost. I felt trapped and it was too painful to speak to anyone about the questions and the emotions I kept inside. Although I had many close friends, I was too embarrassed to share these feelings with them. I never wanted to be looked at as different or treated differently. I battled with my story, and hid from the demons I had deep inside me.
Thus, I created The Hugo Project- Hugo in honor of my birth name and Project because it will require commitment and fortitude to obtain the resources and donations needed by the orphanage. I have been fortunate enough to be in touch with the Director of Casa de María y El Niño who has shared with me how significant each donation will be in changing the lives of these children. Finally, my hope is that this Project will provide a platform for adoptees to speak out, have a voice, and share their own stories by emailing: Jordan@thehugoproject.co
I am ecstatic that this project has come to fruition and am excited to get the children the resources they deserve!
Jordan & The Hugo Project Team.
“The most treasured and sacred moments of our lives are those filled with the spirit of love. The greater the measure of our love, the greater is our joy. In the end, the development of such love is the true measure of success in life.”
-Joseph B. Wirthlin
The Hugo Project is a byproduct of love. In fact, without love there would be no creation of this project. As mentioned, in Our Story, my story began as I questioned my existence, abandonment, and the purpose of my role in this world. These questions, made me increasingly more curious about where I came from.
My strategy to seek answers was to read as many articles on adoption and look at as many pictures of Colombia in 1995 as I could find. As I got deeper into my search, I felt like I started getting further away from seeking answers. I grew increasingly angry and buried my thoughts of abandonment even further until, I felt like it was out of sight and out of mind.
After feeling defeated, I stumbled upon a book that re-fueled meaning into my life. One of the messages in the book was to take anger and fear and turn it into love. These words have been a driving force in my life since then and have ultimately motivated me to carry through with this project. I was given an incredible chance to be brought into this life and I feel passionately that each child deserves that same fair and equal opportunity. With love and support, I believe this project will not only reach the children of Casa de María y El Niño in Medellin but will also impact orphanages across the world.
My name is Alicia Bock and I was also adopted from Casa de María y El Niño in Medellin, Colombia when I was 3 months old. I don’t know exactly when my parents told me I was adopted but I think I just always knew because I looked so different then they did. It wasn’t until I was 5 years old that it really hit me. It was at this time, that I returned to Medellin with my parents to adopt my brother, Jordan, from the same orphanage. I was old enough at that point to understand that this was the place where I spent my first months of life. I remember everything from that first day back – the children, the playground, the room you wait in when they are bringing your baby to you.
After that trip, I wanted to know more about my birth parents but I was even more curious about what life in the orphanage was like in 1989, Was the set up the same? How many people were there taking care of us? What happened to the other babies I had spent 3 months with? There were so many questions that I still don’t have all of the answers to. It was comforting to me to have a brother adopted from the same orphanage. This made me feel less alone and confused. I am incredibly grateful for the care that Casa de María y El Niño provided for me and all of the other children. I don’t know what my life would be like otherwise. And that is why I am so excited to be able to give back through the Hugo Project! I hope to return to Medellin and the orphanage within the next few years with my brother!
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