To close the year, last month we held our bimonthly reunion which included a mini class on how to perform at a job interview. Teresa Diaz, our invited guest, gave our students 10 steps for a successful interview. This mini class was followed by Christmas dinner as well as gifts for all our students and visiting friends.
On December 1st, Worlds AID Day, CdK staff as well as students supported and participated in a 5K/10K run, benefiting a local HIV awareness campaign for college students. This big event was organized by one of our medical students (Jose Alberto) and hosted by a state of Oaxaca University (URSE). Also, one of our forensic science students, Berenice, WON second place in the 5K run. Thanks to many people our students are becoming leaders and understand about helping their communities.
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!
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.
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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
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