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Oct 9, 2018

Fall 2018

Ping Pong Table
Ping Pong Table

Greetings to all and Happy Fall,

We are so fortunate to have return supporters and visitors at Ojala Ninos. I'd like to thank them, their efforts are so appreciated as are our Global Giving Donors.

Cherrilla Brown  from Connecticut crochet 70 warm hats and Troy Campa in Texas, is bringing them to Mexico, specifically to our community, San Miguel Viejo for the children of Ojala. This was a joint effort and we are happy to say that before the kids break for Christmas they will have warm hats.

 Another round of applause to Stan Allen who has volunteered teaching English in the past but this year had a Ping Pong table top made for the kids, he comes out and practices with them, often it's still an English class. It brings great joy to us and the kids when they see these visitors return. Thank You.

We are excited to announce we have a new director, Eva Tatum who is bilingual and has a back ground in communication and design, she is well connected in our city, San Miguel Allende and we look forward to taking our building project to the next step.

We know how important it is to use sustainable materials. Sustainability means to make something last, and that is precisely what we want,  a lasting community building, built with solar panels, dry toilets, water catchment and rain water recapture. Our board is working hard to achieve this. We want to make an impact, in education and opportunity not a negative human impact on our earth.

The women continue to sell their paper flowers with success, our attendance is up as we have some new classes. We invite you to come see our site, meet the children and staff and see where we hope in the near future to break ground on the building.

Please remember small things do matter in this big world!

Saludos

Betty Lopez

Jul 13, 2018

"It takes a village"

Greetings

I hope everyone's summer is going well. 

Recently the women in the community have been given an opportunity to sell their paper flowers in Texas.This enables them to earn money as well as helping in our ultimate goal in building the community learning center. We are grateful to our supporters in Dallas, Little Things Matter for making this possible.The women have a great time bonding, as well as expressing their talent and creativity.

We have modified the building plan and hopes this can become a reality soon. We are fortunate to have great supporters, nothing is too small! I'd like to thank Dietland Vanderschaff for her donation from proceeds from her encaustic exhibit in Portland Maine. This is exciting also to us, her father was a volunteer in the past and shows the excitement and commitment amongst our Ojala family.

School is out, we are working hard to maintain fun, inspiring classes. A new building would be of great use during these monsoon rains. 

We are hosting a concert at the historic capilla de San Miguel Viejo on July 29th, not only does this  raise awareness for Ojala as well as funds but it's a great afternoon to the members of the community we serve.

On behalf of the children of Ojala and the community of San Miguel Viejo, I thank you for your continued support

Best Regards

Betty Lopez


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Apr 25, 2018

Rooms for a computer lab

Hello Everyone,

Ojala is excited to announce that we have a new Board President. Antonio Cervantes joins us with committed enthusiasm, years of experience as an educator and bilingual/bicultural background.

The structural wall with iron gate is up, securing the property. Spring is here and soon, the rainy season. Our next step is to build the first few rooms of our ultimate goal of a complete Learing Center for the community of San Miguel Viejo that we are privileged to serve.

We recently receied a small donation to help us with the purchase of some computers, further demonstrating a strong community involvement. A computer lab was at the top of the list when we surveyed the members of the community, so we are anxious to provide this.

March 15th we had some very special visitors. 80 members of the Yale University Choir from the United States visited and sang for the community. We were able to invite visitors from San Miguel Allende and this provided a lot of exposure to Ojala and our project. It was a magnificent experience for our kids and the Yale students.

 April 8th we held our first annual 5K run, it turns out, there are a lot of runners in San Miguel Viejo and the community is very supportive. The run started at the gate of our new building project so that everyone could see our progress. We had a lot of fun and hope to do this again soon.

 

April 30th is Dia del Nino, "Day of the Child" in Mexico, yet Ojala Ninos celebrates children and their families everyday. 

Together with Global Giving and generous donations such as yours, we promise to work tirelessly offering opportunities in our small community not otherwise available.

Hope is an illusion without opportunity!

My sincere gratitude

Betty Lopez

 
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