Two Visits With A Scholarship Student
This is the first year that Shirley and Brant have been sponsoring Rosa, who they were very excited to meet. When we arrived at their home we were immediately welcomed by Rosa, her two sisters, Belen and Dori, and her mother, Antonia. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship. But I’ll let Shirley and Brant tell you the rest…
Care for Kids La Paz offered us the opportunity to meet for the first time the student we are sponsoring. We were not sure what to expect. What we found was a very nice family living in very humble surroundings. Antonia, the mother of four, welcomed us warmly into their simple block house with meager furnishings. At first we felt just a bit awkward, but were quickly put at ease as we sat & began to converse with the help of Barbara & Oscar, who helped translate wherever needed. Our 13 year old student, Rosa, showed poise, answered the questions we peppered her with, answered confidently about her high grades, her favorite subjects and even showed us her uniform and a text book. We were introduced to her 16 yr old sister, Belen, and 4 yr old sister Dori. The father was working and Rosa’s brother was at school. We all became quite comfortable together in this brief visit and soon were laughing, and joking around. Rosa seems to be a bright, energetic girl who wants to continue to do well in school, wants to speak English, so of course we plan to stay in touch and continue our support to be sure she finishes her education. Rosa hugged us as we left with smiles and we promised to come back again. Frankly, I was filled with awe and amazement at how much this family of six can accomplish with so little of the conveniences we take for granted, daily. Antonia showed us the meal she was cooking behind the house. A pot of food on a grate over a wood fire on the ground. Everyone was clean and well kept, yet they lack indoor plumbing, electrical appliances or any of our typical conveniences. Thanks to Care for Kids La Paz for giving us this enlightening opportunity. We’re so glad we can help one student stay in school, get a good education (not available to all) and hopefully have a better future. Photos here.
Before they left La Paz, Shirley and Brant wanted to make one last visit. Wht better way than munching on ice-cream! Little Dori wowed us with her beautiful red dress she put on for this special occasion. The conversation with them was easy and it felt like long-time friends having a good chat. More photos here.
A Ton Of Donations
Jorge Norher, from Raiz de Fondo, a community garden in La Paz, brought in a ton – literally – of freshly picked tomatoes from the farms. We picked up kilos and kilos of them to hand out to families in Vista Hermosa. A world without tomatoes is like a piano without keys. Photos here.
A big thanks to those who donated school supplies such as pens, pencils, coloured pencils, staplers, staples, pencil sharpeners, erasers – everything students need for their classes – plus baseball gloves and baseballs, which were a big hit (no pun intended). More photos.
For A Better Future
John Flotken was in La Paz when he mentioned to me that he and his wife Jackie wanted to sponsor a student for a scholarship. Fortunately, John was able to join us when our charity interviewed Christian, a 14 year old boy, for a spot in our scholarship program.
At the end of the interview, when we congratulated Christian for being accepted into the program, and then introduced John as his sponsor, he immediately stood up, shook John’s hand and said, “Thank you so much for this opportunity. I will work even harder now to get good grades.”
Christian is in 3rd year of junior high, lives with his mom, and two very active younger brothers. What impressed us most about this young man is how respectfully he treated his mother – standing up to give her his seat – and, in day to day living, how he abides by her rules. Chivalry is still alive! Thank you John and Jackie for giving Christian this opportunity to move forward in his life. Morephotos.
Dr. Ortega, who offers his paediatric services for free once a month in Vista Hermosa, is gaining notoriety. The other day, he saw 25 children mostly for typical problems of colds, coughs and tummy issues.
However, sometimes children have more challenges such as the baby with poor muscle tone or the toddler with ‘pigeon toes’. As Dr. Ortega is always patient and gentle, the kids take to him quickly. Except for a few babies, I’ve never seen children react negatively. But then again, Dr. Ortega hasn’t given injections, which most of us would be happy to avoid.
At the end of their treatment, the children left with bananas and oranges from Dr. Ortega and Julia, his wife, and popcorn from our charity. What did the baby corn say to its mom? Where’s my pop corn? More photos.