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Godsons in Mexico, India, and Honduras
Addresses for these groups are given at the links below.
For the last twenty years I have contributed to the education of students in India, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico, thanks to programs sponsored by Catholic groups. In 2018 my godson in Mexico is Hector; in Honduras my godson is Bryan; and in India, my godson is Stephen. There is some information about each of these sponsorship programs below. All three programs are carried out by dedicated professionals and volunteers; contact information for each organization is found below.
The Mission Teaching Foundation sponsors the Chiapas Education Program. "Each of the Mayan students is burdened with many obstacles," project director Rev. Gary Riebe writes, "inadequate primary education in the mountain villages; their own and their families' health and economic problems; corruption in the government and the school system; lack of necessary tools such as books, computers, and the internet." What the students "do have," he adds, is "dedication. They believe that every step forward is worth the sacrifice." What Fr. Riebe writes of these students could also be said of those I know about in Haiti and India.
My godchildren in Chiapas have included Jennar, Mateo, and Avelino. My current godson is Hector, who is a university student (red shirt, below). Some of the students continue in school, and others have to stop and begin working to help support their families. They and their teachers and advisors do a wonderful job of keeping godparents informed about the students' progress. About 250 students are enrolled in junior high, high school, and college, through the sponsorship program. The program has more applications for scholarships than the organization can fund.
Other students I have sponsored include Jenner, Mateo, Avelino, and Alejandro
Haiti & Honduras
In Haiti and Honduras I support NPH USA (Neustros Pequaños Hermanos, "Our Little Brothers and Sisters"). NPH is raising more than 3,400 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. In addition, about 2,300 children who live outside NPH facilities receive scholarships, meals, and medical care.
First I sponsored Alexis, lower right, and then, for many years, Widford, whose report cards I saw regularly. Sadly, Widford died of chronic ear infection in Summer 2017, a good companion all his short life, his friends knew, to the sick and the poor. My new godson with NPH is Bryan, whose picture is below, left, who lives in Honduras.
Other students I have sponsored are Widford and Alexis
In India the program is Unbound, sponsored by the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, which helps sponsored families with nutrition, health care, education and skills training, better housing, and seed capital for a small business or farming.
My godson is now Stephen, below left. who lives in Dumka, in the state of Jharkhand. Until he left school, I sponsored Hanok, center. With the help of his teachers and interpretors, he used to write three or four times a year, describing his academic progress, his family's living conditions, and more. Before Hanok, I sponsored Krishna, below, right.
Other students I have sponsored are Hanok and Krishna
I have never met any of these students in person, but some of the groups below do organize travel from the US for contributing sponsors. Among the many rewards of helping these students is that they actually write and mail letters. I am happy to write to them, about the weather, gardening, animal life in the back yard, and some family events, and I include a picture now and then. As they grow up, I age!
You can contact these organizations at the following addresses. Sponsorship is available at many different levels.
Mission Teaching Foundation - Chiapas (P.O. Box 29, Carmichael, CA 95609-0029) Website
NPH USA (Neustros Pequaños Hermanos) - Haiti (other countries also). (Friends of the Orphans, 134 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60202. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.) Website
Unbound, sponsored by the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging - India (1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103. Email: email@example.com.) Website
Map sources: Google (Mexico) and Britannica (Honduras, India)