When I Was Hungry
This month our charity has been blessed with receiving two shiploads of fruit and vegetables freshly picked from the producers’ gardens near La Paz.
Gigantic field tomatoes, zucchini, chard, herbs and spices – anise, rosemary, chives, tarragon, oregano and basil – melons, and papayas were the order of the day.
The food comes from producers, who, due to strict export standards, would otherwise throw out perfectly good crops.
Family income in Mexico has been losing purchasing power. Prices for food has increased significantly. Millions of Mexicans earn incomes below the poverty line and have difficulty meeting their most basic subsistence needs.
Many households in the area our charity serves aren’t able to afford, on a weekly basis, the food they need due to high supermarket prices.
The non-profit community garden in La Paz, Raiz de Fondo, has established a program to collect and distribute fresh produce to the food insecure population in the region. We pick up the food at the garden and then, with the help of volunteers, distribute it to the people who live in Vista Hermosa.
It’s really a win-win situation for both the producers and families with few financial resources.
Thanks again to Jorge Norher for delivering the food to Raíz de Fondo community garden in La Paz, which, by the way, has an amazing store that sells everything from seeds to spices and everything in between – flours, oats, dried fruits, goat cheese, organic chicken and beyond. More photos here and here.
News Of Our Scholarship Students
Oscar, one of our scholarship students who graduated last June with excellent grades and a gracious heart, enlisted and got accepted to the Mexican Navy. He’s shipping out in just a few days for training! We’re so proud of him for never giving up on his dreams.
One of the requirements of our scholarship students is to do four hours of community service a month.
Some, like Lesly, have chosen to do it in our After School Program where the children come to play games, draw, listen to stories, or even get help with their homework.
It’s a free drop-in program that runs Monday to Friday for an hour throughout the school year.
Let’s Play Event
Right in the heart of where many kids live, we hold our monthly children’s Let’s Play event.
Recently, a slew of toys were donated and although we couldn’t use all of them in this gig, the ones we did use – ring toss, Jenga and body art paint – were the biggest hits.
As prizes, we handed out plastic dinosaurs, stickies and candies and the children each left with a bag of popcorn, a glass of Jamaica (super delicious made with hibiscus leaves) and a big smile.
A big thank you to Bernadette Otto, Deb Thorneycroft (who is the new owner of Allende Books in La Paz), Sandy Joyce and Virginia Smith for the toys, and Corryine and Selzick de Souza for the candies. More photos.
I Dream Of School Supplies
Our efforts at Care for Kids La Paz come to life in many ways and sometimes in the form of pens, pencils and other school necessities supplied by donors with big hearts and generous wallets.
As school supplies can be pretty pricey to purchase in La Paz, we were very grateful when we received a donation of pens, pencils, markers, erasers, coloured pencils, folders, staplers, post-its, geometry sets and glue sticks.
School supplies make an impact on a student and something as small as a pencil can make a huge difference in a child’s future, bringing them from a sense of hopelessness to a desire to learn.
A big thanks to Joy and Barrie Manikel, and Corryine and Selzick De Souza for helping those families with few resources. As it’s been an unusually cold winter in La Paz, the hats lovingly knitted by Sylvia Sperling were most welcome. More photos.