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Students & community involvment

Montserrat Cruz is now in her final year of Veterinarian at the Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca (UABJO), a public/state university in the city of Oaxaca. She is only the second person in her family to receive a higher education. Since she was little her dream was always to “be able to help care for all animals that surrounded her”.
During her busy schedule of classes, Montse interns at a local veterinary to support her studies. Huellitas Home is located in a marginated neighborhood behind the university she attends, in Colonia Cinco Senores. She got her job 1 year ago as school expenses where on the rise and family support was not possible. Here, she helps care for street dogs. Casa de Kids assists her with needed financial assistance so that she can keep up her internship and good grades.
When Drew interviewed her at the vet clinic, she said she wanted to work with animals, because “they reflect back to us what we feel, while sharing compassion and love when we need it; regardless of what we are going through, it seems as though they understand it.” Montse is always smiling specially when talking about her career. She always wanted to pursue higher education and now feels her dream is within reach! She will graduate in September 2020 and hopes to continue helping street dogs and all animals in general. Her hope is to be able to open her own vet clinic here in Oaxaca and help her family.

Learning can be fun!

This summer Casa de Kids hosted many visiting friends from around the globe. Chairperson Loren is great at inviting friends and spoiling them in the best restaurants, while Drew tours them around to local historical sites and architectural treasures. This scenic and sunny Oaxaca is home to CdK’s 22 students.
One of our special guests was Irish born, Estelle Shanley. She is a world renowned journalist, and presented to our group a special class on Etiquette & Business Protocol. Our students loved it and finished out the evening with a pizza buffet!

Celebrating Leticia!

One of our other recent college graduates is Leticia Lopez. A native of Oaxaca, she was able to realize her dream of a college education with the help of Casa de Kids. We attended her family festivities honoring her accomplishment, complete with friends, native foods and kids playing in the rain. Leticia earned her degree in Education from Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico Industrial y de Servicios (CBTIS), Oaxaca. Congratulations Leticia!


Recent CdK Graduate secures his First Job!

Pablo Aragon was born and raised in Tuxtepec, a village from Oaxaca´s Papaloapan region. He is the first in his family to graduate from college. In August of this year Casa de Kids attended his graduation where he received a degree in Education. Only a few weeks later he scored his first teaching job at a local elementary school, Escuela Primaria Moises Saenz. The school is located in Tlalixtac de Cabrera, a municipality 20 minutes away from Oaxaca. Pablo is now in charge of a 4th grade class of kids ages 9-11. He’s on a path to independence!

Your Support Will Empower Orphans – Meet Sochi!

At Casa de Kids we envision a world where orphaned children experience the safety of a loving home while receiving a quality education. 

We are pleased to introduce you to one of the 5 students that our Giving Tuesday campaign is assisting. Our newest student is Sochi, who is 16 years-old. In her native language, her name is spelled “Xochitl” and pronounced “Sochitl”, but her nickname is Sochi. She is a vibrant and optimist girl living on her own, loves basketball and has almost a perfect Grade Point Average for several years. She is also becoming fluent in English, now her third language!

Sochi attends high school near Oaxaca city, living in a small rented room, because her little country town of 200 people has no high school.  She says, “My goal is to be a responsible person and work for a company so I can help provide for my family’s basic needs”.

CdK, with help from donors like you, is paying for her nominal rent and basic school supplies. We know that with her superior intelligence, stellar  GPA and endless determination, she can do anything! Please join us in helping Sochi with a tax deductible donation today.

$100. USD will pay for school supplies for one year.

$150. USD will pay for her rent for two months.

Consider forwarding this to a friend!



New Year Update, 1/2018

We ended 2017 by accepting three new female college students into our program, 2 new high school students, and hosted a Christmas luncheon for 15 people. All of the students in attendance received motivational books as gifts. Younger kids in the orphanage were given new shower sandals and gift bags of holiday candies. Each month we donate cheese and egg products to them to supplement their diet.

One of our star high school students, Jesus, received an essential computer for school, thanks to everyone who responded generously on GoFundeMe. He is shown here in a photo taken last week in his school music and dance performance in our city centre. We have two college students graduating in June of this year, and another would-be-law student to join us soon! Thank you everyone for helping us break cycles of poverty through education. Education is the key; You and I are making this a reality. In gratitude, –Drew L. Vogt, CdK co-founder & President


Sincere Thanks

We at Casa de Kids would like to thank the many recent individual donors for their generous donations, most of whom prefer to remain private. You have enabled us to send a new female student to a local university, whose dream it is to become a teacher, and for us to send two new young men to attend local high schools.

We also wish to thank the members and friends of the following communities for their generous support to our non-religious work: Celebrate Life Spiritualist Community (San Francisco, CA), Fraternal Spiritualist Church (San Diego, CA), and Sarasota Center of Light (Sarasota, FL). Their donations have made it possible for us to fund over 20 students’ remedial classes preparing them to enter local colleges and universities; without which they would not quality.

Thank you for your love and belief in our world’s children! We know that even one educated child can help change the world. Thanks to you we are now sponsoring three full time college students, and two high school level students. We continue to support the residents of Casa Hogar orphanage as needed, for example supplementary foods, school uniforms and supplies, and hygiene items. In last twelve months Casa de Kids has hosted over 20 social events with these worthy kids. These were fun and educational events outside the orphanage, such as birthday parties,  graduation celebrations, museum outings, and recreational trips to local parks.

If you are inspired to donate to these amazing students’ ongoing expenses, your tax-deductible donation can be made securely on our website here, or you can mail checks to CdK to: 1717 E. Vista Chino #A7-410 Palm Springs, California 92262

Thank you.

Drew L. Vogt, CdK President & co-founder

Inspiring Ten More

Recently Jeanne and I hosted the first luncheon to meet with our ten new students and their moms.

A few relatives also showed up, but no dads. They all loved Jeanne’s salad and home made brownies.

CdK is sponsoring these five girls and five boys who were on a waiting list for sponsors, unable to attend school till someone “showed up.” Well, thanks to many of you, our CdK sponsors, we are able to do this.

They started out very shyly, but we used humor and games to break past that.

We also accepted an invitation to attend one their birthday parties (for Mario) a few days later. The party was in their home in a nearby village, where they graciously received us, dined with us, and so we celebrated Mario’s ninth birthday! CdK gifted him an assortment of school supplies he’ll need in August when he goes back to school.

We are glad their futures are looking brighter! Their mom’s smiles and appreciation is priceless. Thank you for helping to make this possible.

–Drew Vogt

Appreciating Volunteerism

IMG_0291Humanitarian projects are dependent on humans making choices to volunteer. This week the entire Casa de Kids Board and I would like to thank you Martha Lopez from the bottom of our hearts for her many hours of volunteering.

She has been a dedicated wellspring of talent and service on our Board. While she is moving out of her CdK Vice President’s role to focus on her career, we wish her all the best of personal success and joy. Her many efforts with our social media and fundraising have been invaluable and we are forever grateful.

Thank you Martha for inspiring us so much.

Yesterday, on your behalf, we took some of the kids out grocery shopping at a local Oaxaca market. They especially needed cheese (a rare luxury in their dining room), so here they are showing off cheeses we bought with Jeanne Avery’s help.

Thank you!

Casa de Kids Sponsors Schooling for Ten Children

Here’s our exciting news from Mexico!

Last Friday, June 3, 2016, representing Casa de Kids, my associate Jeanne and I were scheduled to meet with supervisors of a street children’s project. We were arranging to sponsor ten children’s education, here in Oaxaca, for one year each! So-called “street children” are kids who cannot afford to go to school and so they end up working in the streets alone selling trinkets while their parents (if they have them) are away or at work.

To our great surprise, when we arrived at the appointment, not only were the ten kids present–so were their moms! These five girls and five boys could not go to school due to lack of funds and were on a waiting list for sponsors. (Here in Mexico, public school is not “free”, there are fees such as uniforms, books, etc. without which enrollment is prohibited. Their appreciative moms were glowing with smiles while the kids were bright-eyed and beaming with promise. Several of them gave us little gifts, or wanted their photo taken with us. The shy moms gratefully shook our hands, seemingly in awe at such generosity by strangers for their babies. The amazing thing is that sponsoring all ten kids for one year each totals a mere: $2,500. USD!

Soon we will be able to meet individually with their families as well as receive report cards from their schools. We are thrilled by so many donors’ assistance that makes this possible. For every child we help out of poverty–we change the world!

We will keep you updated with more good news in the near future!

Muchas gracias for your interest and support!
In gratitude, Drew L. Vogt, CdK President, Oaxaca, Mexico.