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Godsons in Mexico, India, and Haiti
Web and (e)mailing addresses for these groups are given at the below.
For the last twenty years I have contributed to the education of students in India, Haiti, and Mexico, thanks to programs sponsored by Catholic groups. These programs are carried out by dedicated professionals and volunteers; I give contact information 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 in know in Haiti and India.
My godchildren in Chiapas have included Jennar, Mateo, and Avelino. My current godson is Alejandro, who has finished high school and has begun college. 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.
Jenner & Mateo, above; Avelino and Alejandro, below
In Haiti 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.
My godson is Widford, whose report cards I have been seeing for many years. Earlier I sponsored Alexis, lower right. The school day starts with classes at 8 and ends in the early afternoon, with time for homework, chores, and play before an early bedtime.
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 Hanok; until he left school I sponsored Krishna, lower right. Hanok, with the help of his teachers and interpretors, writes three or four times a year, describing his academic progress, his family's living conditions, and more.
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: email@example.com.) Website
Unbound, sponsored by the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging - India (1 Elmwood Ave., Kansas City, KS 66103. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.) Website