Two Cultures Unite
Visiting a sponsored student is an unforgettable experience where the sponsor is able to see first-hand the enormous difference he or she is making in a child’s life.
Carole Lombard, a resident of La Paz, has been sponsoring Jairo, an incredibly bright 14 year old, since February of this year. During the visit, she learned a lot about the family she wouldn’t otherwise had known: Jairo’s talent drawing animated caricatures, the challenges of dad finding work, and Jairo helping out his handicapped grandmother. I’ll let Carole tell you the rest of the story:
Meeting Jairo who I’m sponsoring, and his family, in his home, was a remarkable experience. The colonia, Vista Hermosa, is in the hills way above La Paz. The streets are dirt, or mostly rocks, and very steep – no vehicle access without 4 wheel drive I imagine.
We met Jairo’s mother outside of the house and Oscar, who helped translate for us, introduced us to the mother, three daughters and a niece. Jairo’s father, Filipe, had a job that morning so he wasn’t there when we first arrived.
The family welcomed us and showed us around their little house proudly. Jairo appears to be a very polite, responsible, kind and motivated boy. For community service he is visiting his grandmother daily, assisting her with tasks she isn’t able to do because she has broken her foot and it was never set properly.
On the wall was a large hand drawn picture that Jairo created. He explained that it was an animated character he had sketched. It had a diagonal line through the center and two similar but different faces on either side of the line. He told us that it represented a split personality.
He likes to draw to release tension or feelings that he doesn’t know what to do with. The picture was very precisely drawn and presented. He doesn’t see art as his “thing” but just something he does. He is also learning to play the guitar, teaching himself for the most part.
I’m so delighted to know his family a bit and to be able to know a little more about him and his home life. I hope to be able to provide him with some art pens and large papers to continue his art, when he wants. I look forward to knowing Jairo and his family as time goes on and doing whatever I can for them. More photos.
Jorge Norther, fromRaíz de Fondo AC, the community garden in La Paz, transported a truckload of freshly picked potatoes from the producers – each bag weighing 25 kg – to be handed out to different communities, charities, and soup kitchens.
From the bag we acquired, our charity distributed fifteen potatoes to each family, none of them considered small potatoes! If you’re in La Paz, check out their store on Legaspi between Serdan y Prieto to discover some hidden delights. More photos.
Two of our scholarship students received recognition from their schools for placing second and third with a very high GPA of 9.5 and 9.7 respectively for this semester. Congratulations to Patty and Lesly. We’re very proud of you!
The DIF (Comprehensive Development for Families) building in Vista Hermosa has given Dr. Ortega a consulting office for his monthly paediatric visits!
An earlier Saturday was his first official day in the building, which coincided with a group of seven other La Paz doctors from specialties such as family medicine, gynecology, and ophthalmology, as well as several nurses and chemists, who offered their services for the day to the community.
We actually didn’t have an opportunity to see Dr. Ortega’s “new” office as gynecology took it over because it had a door. What a blessing for the community to have so many specialists attending them free of charge and without long waits! Photos.