Jun 28, 2018

Sala de Tarea

Meet Miguelina!
Meet Miguelina!

Have you ever seen the smile of a child who just learned how to read and write on there own? That was the radiant smile we saw from ten-year-old Miguelina this week!

Our after-school program, Sala de Tarea, or "homework room", teaches kids to read and write in small, interactive groups led by qualified tutors. It's an important program because many kids in the community never learn these skills even if they attend school. Through Sala de Tarea, many have sucessfully learned to read and write!

Miguelina came to the project two years ago when she was eight. At the time she had never attended school and she didn’t know how to read or write. Her father had abandoned her family and she lived with her younger brother and her mom, who worked as a maid. Miguelina often misbehaved, didn’t listen to her mom, and would get into fights with the other kids in the neighborhood. Her mom wasn’t sure what else to do and considered taking her out of the community to see if she would fare better somewhere else. Instead, Miguelina became one of the recipients of our school scholarships and joined one of our Sala de Tarea groups.

Although Miguelina initally didn't enjoy attending school because she was the oldest in her grade and didn’t know how to read and write, she always looked forward to coming to Sala de Tarea because she loved her teacher and liked the activities—especially writing on the white board.

The day Miguelina declared she knew how to read and write, she was beaming. In fact, she’s been beaming every time we’ve seen her since. She says school is more fun now, and her favorite subjects are math and social studies. Her mother is just as excited, and says she is very happy that Miguelina has been able to attend school and learn to read through our programs.

Our programs at The Bienvenido Project are meant to provide our kids with the skills and resources they need to excel long-term, in every area of their life. Miguelina’s home life has improved, her self-esteem is higher, and she can now complete her school homework and be successful as a student.

Thanks to support from our donors, we are able to provide similar experiences for many other kids beyond Miguelina. The impact is real— their smiles say it all!

And speaking of financial donations… SAVE THE DATE! For those of you interested in making a donation towards our school scholarship fund for the 2018-2019 school year (or towards any other part of our program), on Wednesday, July 18th one-time donations will be matched 50% and reoccurring donations 100%!!! Plus we’ll be competing for additional bonus funds for raising the most funds, most donations, or most reoccurring donations. It's a great day to make your donation go even further and have an even greater impact.

Apr 9, 2018

Poco a Poco

Poco a Poco... Little by Little...

Offering hope is a not a process that can be rushed. It takes time, money, patience, trust, and a whole village behind us. It's putting one foot in front of the other, day after day, no matter what comes our way. And every single moment is worth it because it truly makes a difference in the lives of the children of Bienvenido.

Although we could write out many stories of how we work towards this, sometimes there's nothing better than hearing them first hand. So with this, we invite you to view our newest video where you'll hear the stories of Onis (age 8) and Ricardo (age 18), and learn how the little by little has added up to big change in their lives.

And speaking of little by little...

This week, April 9-13, there's an exciting opportunity for YOU to become part of our village and join us in offering hope. To celebrate the power of the crowd and how small donations add up to big change, GlobalGiving will be matching donations $50 and under at 50%, plus an additional 100% match on reoccurring donations. 

And to top it off, one of our current supporters has also offered to match all reoccurring donations an additional 50%!!!

We will be using donations from this campaign to fund our school scholarship program for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year; a program than both Onis and Richardo have benefitted from. It's just one of the many steps we take to offer hope, and you can be a part of this change too.

Join us! 

Jan 17, 2018

Why we do what we do

Meet Michela!!!
Meet Michela!!!

There are many reasons why we do what we do at The Bienvenido Project. You could look at it from a mission stand point; to offer hope of a life beyond poverty to the youth in Bienvenido, or from an alturistic standpoint; to selflessly give to those most in need. But you can also look at it from the standpoint of the youth, and the difference it makes in their lives. Today, we want to share Michela's story with you. 

Michela is 6 years old, and known as a sweet, loving girl. She lives with her mom, step-dad, and two brothers, ages 1 and 4 years. Although Michela's Mom works very hard to provide for the family, they still live in extreme poverty. Aware of the need in this family, we have been able to help by providing Michela with a scholarship for school, as well as additional help with her clothing and shoes. 

Not long after the school year began, we found out that Michela had become very ill and was no longer able to attend school. When we went to the house to check on her, we found out a large part of this was because her and her 4-year-old brother did not have a bed and had been sleeping on the floor. We were able to bring her to the doctor, purchase the medication she needed, and provide a bed for the family.

We also learned that Michela had become the primary caregiver for her two younger brothers as a result of her no longer being in school. We were able to sit down with her parents and explain that the responsibility that had been placed on her was too much. Michela needed to get healthy again and return to school. The parents agreed to make the needed changes for her health. With our support, and in only a week’s time, Michela's smile returned. She has since been well enough to attend school and our program.

Without the help that came from The Bienvenido Project, Michela and her brother would have continued sleeping on the ground. She would not have the opportunity to attend school, she would have remained the primary caregiver for her younger siblings, and she would not have received the medical care she needed. Michela's mother and step-father also wouldn't have received the support and guidance they needed in learning how to best care for her and her siblings. 

Michela is why we do what we do, and she is just one of the hundreds of children we work with.

Thank you for helping us care for Michela! Thank you for making The Bienvenido Project possible!

 
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