Our Kids
In Mexico

 

JLB FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE


The boys of San Martin des Porres


The girls of Casa Hogar don Bosco

 

 


OTHERS DOING GOOD THINGS

 

Everywhere we look there are many people helping others in ways similar to what we have been doing for Our Kids in Mexico ... here are some of their stories ....

May 25, 2011

Today received an E-mail from Jerry Hankins.

He is raising money for a Casa Hogar in Acapulco, Mexico by riding his bike for 1150 miles from Pennsylvania to Florida from June 2-12, 2011

In his honour, here is his website...please visit.

Hello World!

Welcome to Ride For Casa Hogar!

Children, Charity, Chafing

The ‘Ride for Casa Hogar’ is about giving.  Giving to help meet the needs of disadvantaged children in Mexico.  If you have children, you give them unconditional love, security, food and shelter.  Imagine a child without love, without security, possibly without food or shelter.

As I’ve gotten older I realize how true the saying ‘life is more than who we are’ really is.  Sir Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” I believe giving, whether it be of your time or money, begins in the heart.  Our lives will be measured by what we’ve given of our hearts.

 
 
 
 
“A hundred years from now
it will not matter what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in,
or the kind of car I drove: however,
the world will be different because
I was important in the life of a child.”
— Forest Witcraft

  

The mission of helping to make a difference in the lives of the children of Casa Hogar del Niño de Acapulco may involve chafing during the thousand plus miles on our bicycle seats, but in the end and with your help, it will be well worth it.

Every child deserves love, security, food and shelter.  Please navigate our website and learn how your charity can impact the lives of many children.  We welcome your comments and feedback.

Jerry Hankins 


Go to www.rideforcasahogar.org

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April 13th, 2011

Today received an E-mail from a retired gentleman living in Chiapas who found our website and is interested in helping out the kids. Here is his E-mail (with name deleted for privacy). We have given him Gui's and Raffa's E-mail addresses so that perhaps he can set something up locally:

Greetings, Barry:
 
I saw your nice website at www.ckhomes.net about the boys and girls homes in Comitan. I am a retired American living in San Cristobal de las Casas, but seriously thinking of moving on down the road to Comitan. It has fewer tourists,(read: hippies and backpackers!) cleaner streets, smaller population, and better all round yearly climate.
 
I have been donating online to a similar type orphanage in Honduras, but since I plan to probably remain here in Chiapas for the foreseeable future (perhaps permanently) I have been scouting around for an alternative option closer to home. Perhaps the orphanages in Comitan would be a good fit for me as I would also be able to occasionally visit, which would be nice.
 
Until I actually make the move, which will probably not be until the end of August, I would prefer to donate online if possible. Do you know of  a site where I could do that? I live on a small pension so the amount would be limited, at least for awhile; probably not more than $25.00 per month. Chiapas is beautiful as you correctly note on your website, but also is unfortunately very poor (having more in common with neighboring extremely poor Guatemala than other regions of Mexico) and thus anything we can do to help, especially for the children, should be done by all of us.
 
Thanks you for your attention to this letter and hope to hear from you soon. Take care.
 
Sincerely,
 

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November 14th, 2009

We received an E-mail from our buddy Gui who had great news for us:

HI Amigo:
 
Do You know What, Barry? I just made a Fundation called "Amigos de Comitán AC " with some friends, everybody from Comitán.
We are making some RIFAS  (RAFFLES) to have some money to help the children, the same you do to help them.
 
We help to old people as well, because they need PAÑALES.
 
It´s very congratuladed to make this.
 
The last weekend, we gave to the children 6 beds, and 12 Colchones (Mattresses). Because they did not have place to sleep. 2 kids for one individual bed, and the old beds are very bad. We took some pictures, which I will send them to you.
 
They are now 38 children boys in San Martin.
 
So. The sister from San Martin said to me that they want to make a little room more, because there are not place enough for all the boys, so we are going to see how much is going to cost this.
 
And I will go to talk to sister from Casa Hogar Don Bosco to see what they need.
 
LOVE
GUI

Again, others getting together to help others

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               May 31st, 2007 

My wife, Judy, is retiring. She received a farewell E-mail from a co-worker yesterday who is also leaving the area. Her husband is a Minister and is taking a position at a church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Here, in part, is her E-mail:

However, far more important and of eternal value, is the wonderful work you and Barry began with the Mexican orphanage. Thanks for sharing your passion with your co-workers so we too could be blessed by giving into these precious kids lives.
> And as I read the email about others around the continent who are wanting to get involved I was touched. One person can make a huge difference ! Your story could very well make it into a sermon illustration way out in Moose Jaw.
> May God bless you with rest and peace and good health as you retire. Take your passion for life into all that you do  - you will be missed .

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             May 31st, 2007

We recently received 2 E-mails in 2 days from people who have chanced upon our website and who expressed an interest in helping the kids.

The first is from a teacher at a high school in Mesquite, Nevada.

The second is from a gentleman in Houston, Texas.

It amazes us that people from all over the continent are touched by our small endeavor.

Here are the E-mails (edited to ensure the persons privacy)

I found this web site when I was searching for Mexican recipes.  I teach
high school in a small town in Nevada and have a group of students that
does community service projects.  I would like to know more about the boys
and girls homes.  I take it they are orphanages?  Many of my students (in
fact 45% of our school is of Mexican descent) so this sounds like a
project we might be interested in.  How can I get in touch with this neat
Canadian group?
 

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Dear Barry.
I have spent the past few hours reading about the orphanages that house and treat pediatric cancer patients during all phases of their illness. I am very grateful for the work your group is doing.

I a retired Oncology social worker that retired from a large cancer hospital in Houston, Texas a few years ago.

I am full of mixed emotions regarding the limited help the kids in Mexico get vs. what is offered to children in the USA--it is so ironic. For example, please tell me more of the child named Rosie and her status.

Barry, I would like to visit Comitan and spend sometime in doing volunteer work at both orphanages: however, I am very limited due to my retired fixed income.
Could you tell me or do you know where I could stay. for example, a hostel or inexpensive hotel when I go to Comitan, God Willing. I am a simple person and do not need or want 5 star accommodations--just a save, clean and inexpensive place.

You mention Chatam in an e-mail and also saw the word in a picture. Could this be Chatam in New England, maybe Cape Cod or one of the New England states.

I know that the major thing these orphanages need is MONEY, but perhaps, I can be of some help with that and "just be of help, be there for support.". I am Hispanic and speak Spanish very well

By the way, how do you and your wife and friends get to Comitan?

Please let me know or refer me to someone that can help me in my quest to stay in Comitan and be of service to these 2 orphanages.

Thank you,
willie

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When we visited the Albergues in Comitan last October, we met the handyman, Juan Carlos, who was at that time working at Casa Hogar Don Bosco. Since that time he has moved to San Miguel de Allende, GTO and is working at Casa Hogar Don Bosco, Sollano 14.

He showed our website to one of the ladies who is a benefactor for that Albergue. Her name is Sally Reid and is originally from Toronto. She is now living in San Miguel de Allende and is a tireless supporter of the nuns and the girls.

Sally and the children will soon have their own website and we will be posting a link here so that anyone interested may visit the site and find out how they are doing.

In the meantime, here is a picture of the girls from Casa Hogar Don Bosco, Sollano 14:

  

Also, here, for your information is the brochure that Sally and her friends have produced to help the girls. Enjoy!

Barry & Judy Puskas and , May 21, 2006

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            August 19th, 2006

       Update from Sally Reid

The website is now up and running for Casa Hogar Don Bosco Sollano 14.

Please visit the website and see how Sally, Roz and everyone are doing to help these kids

www.casahogarsanmiguel.org

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