It’s been an honour and a privilege to have founded this charity twelve years ago. When I decided to start one, I didn’t have a clue about running one. All I knew was that the poverty in Mexico was extensive, I alone couldn’t even begin to make a difference, but together many of us could. At that time, my friend and I were already helping some impoverished families. I wanted others to share in the joy of being able to bring dignity and hope to those who live in poverty, for we really are all part of one family. Those thoughts were at the root of starting Care for Kids La Paz.
The community we decided to serve was dirt poor, financially the charity wasn’t faring much better, but we never gave up hope that the money would come from somewhere and we would be able to help those in need. The only explanation I can give as to why we’re still going strong after twelve years is Divine Providence.
We’ve been both humbled and encouraged by the stories of the people we’ve met, their sacrifice, their desire for a better life, their hard work and love of family.
We always celebrate the anniversary with our volunteers, scholarship students, and families. There’s no better way to celebrate than by showing our appreciation to those who have dedicated themselves to working with us. One of our volunteers handed me an arrangement of beautiful flowers as a way to thank us for our work!
Sponsoring a student can change the life of not only the student but the sponsor. One of the first things Roxanne wanted to do in La Paz was visit Perla, the student she and her friend Doug have been sponsoring, meet her family, and take her out for a few hours to get to know her better. Of course, you can’t go downtown without stopping for delicious ice-cream on a hot summer day, or buying a book by Perla’s favourite author, or even buying her a pearl bracelet to match her name. A wonderful bond was forged and an unforgettable experience for both.
Let There Be Light