Education must be wholesome. We must understand that a person cannot be dissected to be educated, we must assume a wholesome approach to it.
When going through school, education must be inclusive, taking care of cognitive matters, but always including social, emotional skills.
Puerta Abierta has strived to educate the girls with empathy to their “sisters“ when they are in need of being heard and most important, to take the steps in trying to help when needed. We understand that the girls have these virtues, but they need to be encouraged and nurtured, so that they take the necessary steps to help.
One of the strategies followed is that of the “good listener”. Being there when needed, and having the time to follow up on the individual needs of each girl. This takes time and patience. Being kind and loving when someone has made a mistake or had a grievance with another, make them talk to each other and be forgiving. Understanding the position of each other, and looking for their wellbeing, eventually brings peace and happiness.
We know the importance of proper timing, for listening as well as for intervening when needed, and for understanding the time for the maturing process of each girl.
We as adults and carers have had the patience, perseverance and hope that the love bestowed upon each girl be part of their acts of goodness towards the rest of the family and friends. Today we can see this kindness and goodnes in our girls. We can see how they are bond and how much they protect each other when one of them is vulnerable and this makes us feel good.
You the donor have made this possible for our girls. You can feel proud of yoursefl and of our girls.
Hello Dear Donor
We will tell you a story, please read all of it as you will understand our girls. We will invite you to donate today, as it is Bonus Day and whatever you give GlobalGiving will match at 50% so read their stories and help Puerta Abierta if you can.
The date was June 12, early morning arrived and with it rain and thunder that woke up three frightened little girls who then proceeded to wake up the entire house at their new Children´s Home.
Puerta Abierta is the name of this particular home for Girls, and it literally means Open Door. A name that had never made more sense, for since these three little girls arrived their new home and the people inside received them with arms and hearts wide open. They in turn arrived to change the life of everyone living here.
It is indeed true that rainy season brings with it new life and opportunties.
Their cheeks wet from crying and their soul damaged, the 3 little girls spent days crying none stop. For they were carrying around a huge burden, whilst they were not babies anymore, at such short age they had suffered and lived through such terrible situations. Situatuons that not even red riding hood standing in front of the wolf could imagine feeling. For at least Red Riding hood had a grand mother to look after her.
Nobody knows how or who left them on a doorstep with nothing. The important thing here is that they had now found a home and a fmaily. Lupita, Maria and Angeles came to be part of a family whose core was not based on family by blood, but family by LOVE.
Lupita has the biggest imagination; she builds worlds of her own surrounded by fairies and tales, from castles to jungle adventures. Lupita lives through her very imaginative mind, which is just as big as her heart, her love and her respect for animals and nature. You could say that she over came the deficiencies she suffered in early age and rose above that and she learned that with the use of her wonderful mind she would never be alone. She is the princess and the heroin of her own story.
Maria was the first triplet to walk, which quickly turned into running. Nobody could stop her, and you could always find her running or skipping around through the halls and fields nearby. At school she was part of the track and field team.
Maria learned to trust the strength her legs provided her, and that this could impulse her towards anything she set her mind to. This gift would keep her safe, in case she ever had to run away from the big angry wolf.
Finally, the third sister is Angeles. She is the shortest in height but biggest in spirit. Her mind always looking for new information, finishing book after book, and if ever anyone wanted to find her all they had to do was look neat the Girls home bookshelf. She knew the answer to most questions and always had an input into any situation. She had an answer to everything, except perhaps the question that lingered in the back of her mind; why had she been abandoned here.
The story you just read is as real as it can get. These 3 lively, lovely and active little girls feel, read, imagine, run and love everyday. This story I just told you about could be the story of all the other 7 girls living in this Girl´s Home for abandoned children. It could also be the story of girls who did not find a place like Puerta Abierta and are still out there trying to find love and a home!
Lupita, María, Ángeles, with the love and unconditional support they received in their now family at Puerta Abierta have overcome all expectations and grown to be exemplary women. They are going to University to study; Psychology, Sport Science and Medicine.
Lupita, María, Ángeles are the stories of success, the stories that push us to keep on, to keep on caring for abandoned girls, donating. Watching them grow up, and turning into wonderful women full of dreams and plans is a triumph for us at PA.
Help us to keep on writing these stories of success. Your donation, no matter how big or small is the key to pave the road that will impose us to grow and to build more Girls Homes just like Puerta Abierta.
Hello everyone ,
How are you? It’s been a while since we last spoke! Hope everything is going well for you!
Today we want to discuss with you about fire. Fire is an agent of natural relationship between microcosm and macrocosm. It’s a dynamic element because it generates transformations. Particularly, fire can purify all things, bringing them to a higher level of purity.
And Belen seems to understand that; do you remember her? She‘s our little girl whom was adopted by an Italian couple. She has just arrived in Italy with her adoptive parents and has started a new school with new friends and consequently new challenges.
Apparently in the very first moments she was scared about her new life but then … then she was on a trip with her new classmates and after a magical reunion around a bonfire she went back home and told her parents she was the most fortunate girl in the world because she found them: mom and father.
Something happened during that circle which made a big transformation in Belen’s heart. She understood that nobody was asking her to forget her origins, but just to include her present in her soul in order to create an explosive and warm future full of hope and happiness.
Therefore we also started thinking about how this big change impacted our home and our little girls; because as you know, dear donor, this has been our first adoption experience. We still feel sad and a bit nostalgic because we deeply miss Belen, but we are really happy to think that our girls may have the possibility to find a family forever, a family made of mum and dad.
We know we are (us and you) the family of these children, but to have the possibility of being desired by a beautiful family was a dream for Belen and probably the same could happen to the others.
We are considering the opportunity of being like a “family-bridge” for all the Mexican children who will leave a foot step in our home in order to help them find their future in Mexico or in another country of the world . As you can imagine, dear donor, this would be a big change for our organization because it would imply transforming Puerta Abierta in a big agent of transformation connecting lives, helping children to reconnect to themselves as we always did and then to connect them with their new adoptive family. What a big impact that would be for society!!
We are really grateful for the help you gave us; if all these changes are possible it is because you brought us a big part of what we need to allow children to attend school and psychological therapy, changing their destiny. Please, we still need you to help our Mexican children to transform their lives: “to bring them to a higher level of purity”, just like fire does…
We will keep you up to date
See you in the next report
Puerta Abierta IAP
THE MAGIC WAND
“If you had a magic wand what would you do Belen?”
“Well…I would like lots of pencils and a family forever, a family to live happy and loved for the rest of my life.”
Wishes come true and Belen found her mom and daddy , they are Italian and they have been waiting for their little girl for five years.
Hello dear donor,
How are you? I have great news: one of our girls has been adopted, her name is Belen and this Christmas she asked for a family. Just a few weeks later we received the notice that our social services had found an overseas family for Belen.
Actually we were shocked, as you know here in Puerta Abierta WE ARE the family of our little girls, and besides it never happens that someone wants to adopt a girl who is nine years old. Usually they want little babies, which we understand and respect, therefore our heart was full of joy when they gave us this wonderful news.
“To adopt “ means “to desire”, to adopt means to find whom you were looking for: your soulmate.
And that’s what happened to Belen, this is her happy ending story. This was Belen’s fairy-tale.
Everything sounds perfect until here right? Yes, I agree with you; but the point is that thanks to you, thanks to your help and kindness Belen, just like the other girls living in Puerta Abierta, is not leaving an orphanage without love and care, but she’s going away from a warm little house full of love and warm feelings. A little house called Puerta Abierta, where our children live like sisters and where they learn to protect each other and to visualize their life together. And then one day Belen’s desire comes true. So she’s happy and their parents too, and so are we but.. please take a breath and close your eyes. IMAGINE YOU ARE ONE OF OUR GIRLS. Your name is Ximena and you are ten years old. You have been living in Puerta Abierta for the last two years and Belen is your best friend. You are living with us because your adoptive mother didn’t want you anymore and “returned you” like a box to the social services. This is your story, at the end of the day you’re happy because in Puerta Abierta you have found love and Belen. But now she’s going away, now she’s been adopted, now she’s going to live in Italy and she’s happy… so you have to smile to her and pretend to be excited about her new life. But your heart is broken, once again. Please dear donor, open your eyes.
How do you feel? Because this is a real story, the real story of Belen and Ximena. Now we have to deal with the sadness of Xime (like we use to call her) and try to find a light in her in order to see her calm and in peace.
We did a good-bye party four days ago to say good-bye to Belen; we thought a lot about how to organize it and then we decided to start finding that light that Xime lost because of Belen’s adoption. So we lit a lot of candles, and we all said something to Belen; everyone just said a word or just smiled. Then we made an energy circle to support Belen and to support us: we desire you all the best Belen but we will miss you, we will miss you a lot little princess.
Dear donor, like you may imagine soon a new girl will start living with us (of course we will tell you everything about her in the next report) and your support will be really important like always in order for her to have the same opportunities you gave, and are giving, to the other children of Puerta Abierta.
Now, to be honest, we all need to learn to live without our Belen, but we are happy and proud of her; we are all looking forward to eating her first home-made Italian pasta!!
Puerta Abierta IAP
How are you? Today I would like to play a game with you! Are you ready?
So …let’s start! As you know, today is Giving Tuesday. The day to give. However, I’m not here only to ask for money. I don’t want, dear donor, just to tell you what to do and why to do it. I really want to play a game: we want us to IMAGINE together. Do you want to work with me for a better world? If you are reading these few lines, I’m sure it is so.
Well, here in Puerta Abierta we started to dream about 13 years ago and ever since we have never stopped. Since then, we have loved many little Mexican girls; some of them have already grown into women, wonderful women whom thanks to you are reaching their dreams. Others are growing up with difficulty and pain but are still believing that things can change for better.
Personally I think Giving Tuesday is a day in which people should imagine all together how to find a way to help someone else. Because if all the world acted like a chain, imagining to being close to every other person living on the earth probably everything would be easier.
Please, dear donor, start playing with me: IMAGINE!!!!
Imagine: what would happen if today you tried to smile to the stranger crossing the street?
What would happen if you shared your meal with the homeless living on the corner of your house? What would happen if you tried to smile to the difficulties instead of being angry all day long?
What would happen if you thought that YOU can REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Dear donor, positive thinking is the element that, together with your help, has helped us to keep on going with this life project called Puerta Abierta IAP; therefore today I just want you to imagine the sun, the light, love and energy. I just want you to live in a different way today.
Here in Puerta Abierta we want to send you our blessings and our positive energy; we would like to know you’re having a wonderful day. We decided to spend this giving Tuesday trying to give you back all that you have given us in the past. So … we would like to ask you: HOW DO YOU FEEL? HOW IS YOUR LIFE?
If we just could meet it would be easier, because we would offer you a piece of chocolate cake and a hot coffee, and then we would invite you to sit on our little sofa and we would listen to you, to your words and your silences. But please IMAGINE being here with us (please google chocolate abuelita, it is the most famous and yummy here in Mexico.. smells like cinnamon.. we’re cooking this chocolate for you!)
Close your eyes dear donor, you’re here with us. Close your eyes dear donor, and then if you have time to do it, check out our photos on global giving: we’re sure we will steal you a smile !!!
We are just twelve lovely girls living in a children´s home and dreaming of building our life out of education and love. We just want to give voice to those people – you donors – who every day help us to fly in the adventure of life. That’s way this time we want to make a challenge and see if we can reach you in some way: please write us a letter, just saying hello or even use us as your secret diary. We will be really pleased and delighted to read about you and to answer you ..You can tell us anything you want, we will take care of your feelings and we will try to make you smile. If you want us to help you, and if you want to keep in touch with us please write through our web page
We will never share your feelings and your thoughts, we will just try to GIVE YOU BACK all that you have done for us day by day.
That’s all for now, go out and LIVE. We will be waiting for your emails.
With all our love
Puerta Abierta IAP
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