Newsletter December 2009
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Hurrah ! The first 5 scholarship students of Los Niños graduated from their vocational education.
Luis Catú (coming from Instituto de Telesecundaria in Chimachoy) graduated as a motor mechanic. Luis hails from the small village of Chicazanga (pop. 700). He is the second person from his village to have completed a professional education. Luis is the youngest of a family of 18 siblings (13 of whom are still alive). His mother died when he was only 10 years old. The statement "You cannot change life but you can change someones life" is definitely appropriate here.
Sonia and Karla from Alotenango graduated this year as Kindergarten Teachers and Gloria and Glenda as Teachers. The four girls received help with their homework while attending their educational programs at Bendicion de Dios. During the past 6 years they regularly helped to organize activities for the project. In 2010 these 4 wonderful young people will start their jobs at the school of Bendición de Dios in Alotenango! Everything comes full circle !
Congratulations to these hard-working students and THANK YOU to all of you who have made this possible with your support !Graduates from Secondary School
There have also been several graduates from the secondary schools of Alotenango and Chimachoy. In Alotenango 25 youngsters received their diploma. Half of the expense of their education was supplied by a scholarship from Los Niños. Five of these children will continue their studies in a vocational training centre with the help of our partner organisation, CasaSito. At the end of November there was another success story in Chimichoy where 12 boys and 3 girls graduated. Some of them will also receive a vocational education thanks to the scholarships of Los Niños. Gaby of the Dubon family also finished secondary school and will be receiving a professional education with the help of her brother Jonatan, sister Maritza, mother Miriam and Los Niños.
The story of Jan and Alda's September Visit.
Together with Ana-Maria we also visited the homeless. This visit made a big impression on us. To make a long story short, our honeymoon was just unforgettable. We will continue to support Foundation Los Niños especially, for the time being, and Semilla de Esperanza y Amor. A big thanks to everyone who helped and supported us in San Mateo and Antigua.
All the best, Jan and Alda. "
Buying land for Semilla Esperanza y Amor in San Mateo.
As soon as the sun rose in the east they were working on the field. It is great to see such great spirit and support from the community. During the symbolic stone-laying one mother spoke on behalf of all families and said that she was so happy to be able to contribute to the future of her children. Unfortunately, not all children have parents who are able or willing to help their children. A little boy told Lys: "We are going home to sleep. We come to the project to learn and to be loved".
Organizational Team Belgium.
Closing of the schoolyear in Chimachoy.
Projectvisit to Peru.
Another ex-volunteer of Los Niños, Willeke Brouwer, has a project in Cusco for autistic children, Abrazos. We also visited her and it was amazing to see how she works with both the kids and their parents. You should have a look at the website, too: www.abrazos.nl
Our final visit was with Jolanda van den Berg who left for Peru in 1996 to give a group of shoe shiners a Shelter and a better future. Since then, she has built three warm and friendly hotels in Cusco that are ranked as #1 hotels in the Lonely Planet ! As well as all that she also has four soup kitchens for children where approximately 500 children from Cusco can get a warm meal 6 days a week. Jolanda has always been a big inspiration for Ana-Maria so she was so glad that she got the chance to spend some quality time with her. See Jolanda van den Berg's website at : www.ninoshotel.com
We forge ahead in her absence on the Carpentry Project but think of her every day. ContruCasa ,together with Peter Oudejans, (who came here with a big donation) Los Ninos was able to do the necessary carpentry workplace renovation. The renovation is almost finished and soon we will have the official opening. We are incredibly thankful to Peter for his fantastic work. Suzan is enjoying this as well from Amsterdam (with frequent updates) and perceives this renovation as a gift from all her work during the past 5 years.
Suzan says: "Even though I have to make difficult decisions I feel good, my spirit is great. Somehow, I feel so fortunate that I receive all the best care here in the Netherlands, although I have 'no money'. I know very well that not many people are that lucky."
Volunteers wanted ... Sun, Fun and Worthwhile Endeavours!
Please contact our volunteer coordinator,in the Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org and request an Acquaintance Form. You can also visit our website for further information on volunteer work www.losninos.info
Muchas gracias, great Christmas celebrations and a Happy New Year.
Hopefully, you will support us again in 2010.