Pedro receiving his Christmas gift and basket
The end of the year is always a busy time for our Child Education Support Program. Once December hits, sponsors begin to send extra support to provide gifts and Christmas baskets for their sponsored students. This year, 53 sponsored students received gifts and baskets, which meant there was a lot to accomplish in a short time!
Project Manager, Johanny Quieju, told us, “For me, this is the busiest time of the year because we have to accomplish so many things!”
And that’s no understatement. Johanny and other project staff put together all of the 53 Christmas baskets, which included bread, fruit, spices, and other supplies to prepare a Christmas meal. They also went shopping for clothing for the students’ gifts, making sure to get all the right sizes and colors for each student.
After all this hard work, the payoff was absolutely worth it! Families arrived in the Pueblo a Pueblo office the week before Christmas, excited to receive their Christmas goodies. For many families, these end-of-year gifts made a huge difference, and helped to brighten the holidays.
One 10-year-old student, Pedro, comes from a poor family that is hardly able to pay their rent each month. Up until now, the holiday season has been a sad time for Pedro’s family, as they have never had enough money to prepare a real Christmas meal. This year, however, Pedro joined our Primary Education Scholarships Project, which has relieved a lot of financial stress for his family. Thanks to his scholarship and the Christmas gifts, Pedro and his family were able to enjoy their first traditional Christmas meal this year.
Following this exciting and busy time of year, project staff and students will be able to rest for the holidays. Now that January has begun, the craziness will start all over again as they begin to prepare for the beginning of a new school year!
Johanny and Jemima shopping for gifts
Happy family with their holiday gifts
All of our sponsored students with their gifts!