Our Kids
In Mexico

 

 

JLB FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE


The boys of San Martin des Porres


The girls of Casa Hogar don Bosco

 

 

WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED WITH YOUR HELP

Since my wife and I started this project in 1999, we have accomplished, we think, a great number of things to make life a little better for the children of these two orphanages (albergues)

Here, in no particular chronological order, are our accomplishments to date.

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December 28th, 2007

Letter from Gui giving us an update and accounting of expenditures:

HOLA BARRY:
 
I WENT TO THE BANK LAST SATURDAY AND I HAVE NOT GET ALREADY THE MONEY YOU SENT 500 DLS. MAYBE TODAY WILL BE IN THE BANK.
 
UNTIL NOW WE HAVE EXPENT (IN BOTH, GIRLS AND BOYS),THE FOLLOWING:
 
MEDICINES...............................        969.00 PESOS
BOILER AND INSTALATION(GIRLS)  2,615.00
BIG BLANKETS..........................     3,390.00
SWETERS CHILDREN................     5,113.00
SWETERS NUNS.......................     1,575.00
TOYS AND GIFTS......................      3,150.00
TOTAL:                                                                                    16,812.00
 
FIXING TWO BATHROOMS (SAN MARTIN DE PORRES):
 
MATERIALS (CEMENTO, AZULEJO, PINTURA ETC.).....6,169.00
ALBAÑIL (THE MAN WHO IS REPARING).................... 5,800.00
TOTAL.......................................................................              11,969.00
 
GRAND TOTAL......................................................................$ 28,781.00
 
YOU SENT........................................                                      31,000.00
 
WE STILL HAVE....................................................................   2,219.00
 
 
 
IT IS IMPORTANT TO TELL YOU THE NEXT:
 
NEXT SATURDAY THE ALBAÑIL IS FINISHING THE BATHROOMS, AND WE HAVE STILL $ 2,219.00 PESOS IF HE NEEDS MORE MATERIALS, SO I THINK THAT IT WILL BE MORE THAN ENOUGH.
 
WITH THE 500.00 DLS YOU SENT, I WILL BUY SOME SHOES, BACAUSE MANY PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN ALREADY TO THE CHILDREN MANY TOYS AND GIFTS IN DECEMBER.
LAST SATURDAY WE EXPENT TIME WITH THEM, AND SANTA CLAUS ARRIVED IN CASA HOGAR DON BOSCO Y SAN MARTIN. THE CHILDREN WERE JUST SO HAPPY, RECIVING TOYS AND GIFT. WE TOOK SOME PICTURES, THE NUNS WILL SENT TO YOU SOON.
 
SO, WE WERE THINKING WITH MY MOTHER THAT THE BEST THINK TO DO WITH THE MONEY WE STILL HAVE IS TO BUY SHOES FOR THEM.
 
I WILL BE TELLING YOU ABOUT WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE EXPEND.
 
FELIZ NAVIDAD Y PROSPERO AÑO NUEVO  A M I G O S
WITH TOO MUCH LOVE
 
GUI
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December 27th, 2007

Letter from Raffa, letting us know how the Christmas money is being spent and some photos of the finished kitchen and the work being done on the showers and bathrooms and pictures of the new water heaters:

HELLO DEAR FAMILY
 
I SEND YOU THE PICTURES OF THE BOYS AND GIRLS. GUI IS DOING EVERYTHING FOR THEM THANKS TO YOU. WITH THE MONEY TOU SENT WE BOUGHT SOME SWETERS FOR EVERYONE AND ALSO FOR THE NUNS. THE BOYS ALREADY HAVE THEM BUT THE GIRLS THE NUN WANTS TO GIVE THEM FOR BOXING DAY. GUI ALSO BOUGHT SOME CANDIES AND TOYS, DOLLS FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS, THEY WERE SO HAPPY THANKS FOR YOU EMILIANO PLAYED WITH THEM EVERYTHING WAS SPECIAL AND FULL OF LOVE. WE ALSO GAVE TO THE NUNS SWETERS. SOME DAYS BEFORE GUI WAS WORKING FOR THE REPAIR OF THE BATHROOMS, THAY ALREADY HAVE HITTERS SO THEY CAN NOW TAKE THEIR SHOWER WITH WARM WATTER. YOU CANS SEE IN THE PICTURES HOW IS THE BATHROOMS GOING, WHEN THEY ARE READY I WILL SEND YOU THE PICTURES...THE CEILIG ALSO WAS FIXED AND WE TOOK PICTURES OF THE BEDS BECAUSE YOU ALSO SENT THAT MONEY. 
 
GUI TOLD ME THAT HE WENT ON FRIDAY TO THE BANK FOR THE MONEY EXTRA THAT YOU SENT BUT HE COULDNT TAKE IT, SO HE WILL TRY ON MONDAY MORNING ANYWAY HE IS GOING TO MAIL YOU TOMORROW.
 
WHEN THE BATHROOMS ARE READY GUI IS GOING TO DO A LIST OF ALL THE SPENDS AND SEND YOU SO YOU CAN KNOW HOW WAS ADMINISTRATED ALL THE MONEY THAT TOU SEND WITH ALL YOUR WORK AND LOVE, WE KNOW IT.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 28th, 2007

The girls dormitory now has a new roof and ceiling. They have gotten rid of the rats, bats and insects and have gotten some kittens to keep the rats at bay. Here are the pictures and the E-mail from Sr. Lidia:

Dear Barry, by means of the present him shipment a warm greeting and that Christ La Paz maintains them either so that can continue doing or the possible one. I communicate to them that or temino the work of the ceilings, thanks to good God and I reach to give us a pintadita to the dormitories, luckyly then or have hido the rats, because now we have kittens and to drive away them. The children are in favor contented of the one of their ceilings and no longer to have but rats. At the moment the children estan well because they are 35 and they will etarán aqui for Christmas, de´pués will aldrán of vacations, with please the God and with the aid of generous people we are leaving ahead, I thank for much to them by everything and digales to the collaborators who the children pray by them. Good immediately you receive a hug of each one of the children and who young and religious God blesses much with affection of house home gift bosco.

 

 


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May 27th, 2007

We received some pictures of the improvements done to the girls Albergue with the Easter donation. Here they are, before and after:

 

The girls now have their new tables in the dining room.

The building have now received a new paint job.

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July 10th, 2006

We received an E-mail from our friends in Comitan, letting us know how the money was spent from the Easter donation;

The Nuns at Casa Hogar Don Bosco were able to totally renovate the girls' showers and bathrooms, complete the kitchen renovation, and save $6000 pesos towards 'Rosys' cancer operation.

The Nuns at San Martin De Porres were able to get all of the windows in the chapel fitted with metal grids, to prevent the boys from kicking soccer balls through them, they were able to get the roofs repaired to stop the leaks, they were able to buy a FAX machine for use in the variety store (provide a FAX service, for a fee)to coincide with their photocopy business, and to buy a supply of copy paper for the photocopier.

 

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March 14th, 2006

Well, the kitchen renovations are completed at the girls Albergue, Casa Hogar Don Bosco. Below are photos of the completed kitchen. A VAST difference from the original facility that the girls were forced to cook in.

 

 

Feb 7, 2006

Here are some pictures of the kitchen area BEFORE and a set pf pictures of the improvements in progress:

  

During:

 

      

Our financial contributions have provided to each child, every year since 1999, a Christmas dinner, a Christmas present (toy), a new shirt, pants, dress, shoes, etc.

We have provided funds for a young girl to have chemotherapy for cancer of the esophagus, which, unfortunately, is terminal, but has given the dear child an extra 5 years+ of life.

We have provided the funds for a young boy to have chest surgery and who has made a complete recovery.

We have bought numerous pairs of glasses for those children who needed eye care, and tried to provide funds for one young girl who had eye damage from parental abuse. Unfortunately, the eye was permanently damaged but she was very grateful for her new quality eye-patch.

On our most recent visit in October of 2005, we were introduced to one young girl who had a terrible orthodontic problem. She was so embarrassed by her appearance, that she would only allow my wife to actually see her. We made sure that arrangements were to be made for a dental surgeon to see and treat the girl and provided cash to pay for the surgery. The surgery has taken place and the problem has been corrected.

On the brighter side of things, over the years, our donations have bought a television, a VCR player, 16-18 new mattresses, the construction of two new bathrooms, complete with showers. New batteries and tires for the orphanages old vehicles. The children now have a playground, complete with equipment, a basketball court, a booth at the local market (mercado) used to sell various crafts to make money. We have even provided enough money for the boys' orphanage to build a store on the property, from which they sell pop, chips, candy, variety store type groceries, religious items and photo-copies. While we were there in October, we saw the store and were told that the photo-copier had broken down and was not repairable. (They make a fair amount of sales from copies) We arranged for funds to purchase a brand-new copier and they received it in early December.

    

Playground we financed                 Our new mattresses

    

  Basketball/Soccer court                Basketball/Soccer court   

  

  Variety Store at Boys Albergue 

 

  Shelter/Booth at local Mercado     Store again at boys'

       

           Nuns and children receiving the new mattresses

Our money has been used to repair parts of the buildings which were in disrepair, to give both orphanages a fresh coat of paint, to enable the nuns to acquire second-hand computers so that now the kids have access to the internet.

Here you can see the computers

On our most recent visit, we were shown the kitchen of the girls orphanage, which was very archaic, to say the least. The nuns were unable to cook meals for the kids if it rained because of the leaks in the roof and walls. Again, funds were provided for a total renovation of the kitchen facilities, including cupboards, plumbing, electrical, etc. The repairs are underway.

Barry Puskas Jan.19/2006

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