Thank you once again for your kind support and generosity towards helping unfortunate children in the Dominican Republic. As you may know, the Mencia Foundation visits orphan homes each summer of the year. We bring school supplies, clothes, shoes, unperishable foods, and personal care items to help support their everyday living.
We'd like to let you know that we will keep this project open year round to continue our fundraising efforts to support our yearly mission.
We hope that you can continue supporting us, and even help us spread the word.
The Mencia Foundation
Last month we had the pleasure of visiting "Casa Hogar Divino Jesus" orphan home in Salcedo, Dominican Republic. We successfully delivered school supplies and personal care items to about 25 boys and girls. As usual, we like to make the most of our visits and spend quality time getting to know these wonderful children. Although we didn't get to bring snacks and refreshments this time, we did enjoy hearing them introduce themselves and tell us about their future aspirations and "what they want to be when they grow up." It was a truly inspiring and joyful experience! We hope to help each and everyone of them fullfil their dreams and continue to grow healthy and happy lives.
With that said, we would like thank everyone who donated and helped made this possible, either through Globalgiving or by any other means. We look forward to your continued support again next year :)
Attach are some photos from our visit. We will be posting more photos on our Facebook page and website so please check them out.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
Although there are many, here are 3 reasons orphanages need our help.
1) Lack of Family
According to UNICEF, approximately 132 million children are classified as orphans worldwide. While not all children end up living in orphan homes, a lot of them do. Most children don’t know the meaning of a family. Others only know the meaning of a lost family. We can help make their lives a little brighter by supporting orphan homes and volunteers who work daily to make orphan homes a better place to live.
Approximately, 5 million children die every year from malnutrition (UNICEF). While most orphans do eat their meals everyday, the meals do not contain the essential nutrients needed to fully nourish their growing bodies. Often times, because of the lack of funding and high demands, orphan home administrators purchase low quality foods, which may not always be the best choices. Your contribution will help to provide more healthier, better quality foods for these children.
3) A Better Future
Most children leave orphan homes when they turn 18. The problem is that most of them will not be fully prepared to face the real world. Supporting orphanages increases the likelihood that these children stay in schools and obtain an education to support themselves and their future families.
We thought you’d like to see more information on issues regarding child abandonment around the world. Firstly, UNICEF reports that a total of 10.2 million children are orphans in Latin America. This is a 5% of the total population. This is a challenge given that a high percentage of people are living below the poverty line in Latin American countries. Additionally, underage minors represent 50% of people living in extreme poverty (World Bank). As you can see, it’s difficult for people to support themselves so helping others in need is sometimes nonexistent. We hope that with your help, we can help lessen the burden on abandoned children and help them live a better life.
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