Casa de los Angeles

Casa de los Angeles is a community of caring people who gather to nurture children, serving the needs of the less fortunate, treating each person with dignity and respect as they work to make a better life for themselves.
Aug 29, 2016

Twenty-two Little Angels

Los Graduados
Los Graduados

On August 11 we said good-bye to 22 of our little angels, but not before we had a nice big graduation ceremony with their families! The graduates performed dances, sang songs and each received a diploma. There were a few tears shed. Some of these kids have been here since they were babies. We got to see them learn to crawl and walk and talk. Martha, one of our moms, said: “My son grew up at Casa de los Ángeles!” We have had the opportunity to watch these children learn their colors, numbers and how to write their name. We have watched them grow and change, make new friends, and develop their own personalities. You can understand why we are sad to see them go, but we know that they will enter kindergarten with a great preschool foundation. They will be stars! We thank the moms for letting us be a part of their sons and daughters first years and we thank each child for filling our walls with laughter and learning each day. Knowing that education opens doors, we are sure that the children of Casa de los Ángeles will be opening some very important doors in their futures.

We love books!
We love books!
We love to learn!
We love to learn!
Friends forever!
Friends forever!

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Jun 3, 2016

Growing Everyday!

One of the many pinatas!
One of the many pinatas!

Well another spring has come and gone in San Miguel de Allende and the rainy season has just begun. The heat and the dust of April and May have been replaced by the cool mornings and rainy afternoons of June and we are all grateful for the respite. All around us the earth is getting greener and, like the wildflowers, Casa de los Ángeles is growing too. We now have 90 kids attending the daycare, getting two nutritious meals a day, and giving their mothers peace of mind as they work to provide a better life for their families.

Spring is an exciting time in San Miguel, starting with the Spring Parade in mid-March, then Día de los Niños in April, and Día de las Madres and Día de Maestras in May. Our kids dressed up in costumes, bounced in bouncy houses, broke open too many piñatas to count, and created beautiful presents for their mothers.  It seemed like every week we had something to celebrate!

We have also hosted volunteers from all over the world this spring, from Vietnam to Vancouver Island to Denmark to Arizona and we have loved having them visit and become part of this special place.  We love our volunteers and we couldn't do what we do everyday without their help.

However, as summer begins, we can’t help but feel a little sad looking at our oldest children, knowing they soon will be leaving us, ready for their next step to kindergarten. We’ve already begun planning for graduation, a very special day for our families, and the children are busy learning their songs and dances for the ceremony. We are so proud of our biggest little ones and we are confident that when they begin school, they will benefit greatly from their time at the daycare. They have had many advantages most of their peers won’t have had: experience in a structured classroom, regular practice of their reading, writing, and math skills, socializing with classmates, and tons of creative projects that have allowed them to develop their motor skills and imaginations.

We are also proud of their mothers, for making a commitment to bring their children everyday and for participating in our community. It’s not easy to get your children dressed and ready to go each morning, but they do it everyday and both their children and the mothers themselves benefit immensely.

Please help us continue growing and serving more children in need in San Miguel de Allende with your donation and we will keep you updated on our progress here!

Another pinata!
Another pinata!
One of a wonderful volunteers from Denmark
One of a wonderful volunteers from Denmark
Celebrating Dia de Maestras with cake.
Celebrating Dia de Maestras with cake.
More volunteers including our youngest yet!
More volunteers including our youngest yet!

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May 9, 2016

El Dia de Ninos

We had LOTS of fun in the bouncy houses!
We had LOTS of fun in the bouncy houses!

There are few countries in the world that show so much love their children as they do in Mexico and the wonderful celebrations of Día del Niño (Day of the Child or Children’s Day) are just another expression of that love. Here at Casa de los Ángeles we have a annual party for our kids and it’s always great fun.

This year, because of generous donors, we were able to afford two bouncy houses for the kids, doughnuts and pan dulce for breakfast, and pizza—a special treat for children everywhere! The Red Cross also visited us, bringing goody bags and a bouncy ball for each child, a huge cake, and face painting supplies. But don’t worry, we also gave them fruit and healthy snacks through out the festivities!

Earlier in the week, our volunteers helped prepare goody bags for each child with the candy mothers donated, as well as helping the little ones enjoy the bouncy houses and one of them made balloon animals which were a great success. Each child left with a big smile on their face, their arms full of candy and a second piece of cake to enjoy at home.

But despite all the love and affection Mexicans have for their children, sadly more than 56% of children live in poverty. Without the generosity of Casa de los Ángeles’s donors, these children would never have been able to dream of such a wonderful Día del Niño, so we all say Muchas Gracias!

See! The kids ate fruit too! Not only junkfood.
See! The kids ate fruit too! Not only junkfood.
The balloon scupltures were hit with everyone!
The balloon scupltures were hit with everyone!
Our kids got their faces painted by the Red Cross
Our kids got their faces painted by the Red Cross
It was a very happy day here.
It was a very happy day here.

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