Project #9451

Give school to abandoned girls in Mexico

by Puerta Abierta IAP

Hello there! How are you doing? Already back from your carnival party ?

Do you know what Carnival is?It’s a Christian holiday in which people wear masks and costumes during many different celebrations, allowing them to lose their everyday individuality and experience a heightened sense of social unity. Well yes, they lose their individuality because of their mask; as we all do sometimes during life. Think about social networks, for example: Facebook shows thousand of smiling faces, as if the world was always happy! Oh God! How good would it be if it were true. But the truth is that we wear a mask to be part of society because we are social animals, they say we born to be part of it all.

Suddenly you don’t know who you are; you can just remember your character and continue playing it.

What does this mean to us? To our foster home? To our little girls? Mostly we receive abused children, they always wear a mask called “ it doesn’t matter, I don’t care.” To find a way to get rid of this attitude is not easy.

For example, we just received in Puerta Abierta a little girl called Belen. She just turned eight years old and guess what? It was the first time she saw a birthday cake. She couldn’t believe everyone was there just to celebrate her birthday. Moreover, she is not able to conquer people’s love. She steals things from the other girls to give it to someone else in order to please him or her. She is literally living an “heart-quake”; when we received her she was happy to finally be in a safe place, but now after a couple of months she seems to have forgotten what she went through and she invents wonderful  - made-up - stories about her mom.

Belen is our little girl and we are starting to work with her as we did with the others. We provide her love, true love. This is our magic ingredient. And besides that, we are looking for a good psychologist to help her mind, body and heart find peace and order. She’s attending a bilingual school where they really care about her feelings and this is possible just because of you and your help.

Thanks to you we can work very hardly every day to help our children to lower their masks in order to find themselves.

You could say that we work for a non-carnival party! A party where everyone of us doesn’t need to wear any mask!

You’re invited of course!

Thank you so much for keeping us dreaming !

With all the love

Puerta Abierta I.A.P

Belen 2
Belen 2
Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake
Building my future
Building my future

 Dear Santa

You’re almost here and we want to thank you. It was a wonderful year, it was a year full of joy and tears. Yes, we are grateful also for the difficult moments we faced; because we learned that happiness doesn’t exist without sadness and we also learned that tears and suffering were very important to us in order to grow strong as trees.

Santa, now we are trees… yes you got it right; do you know why? Because we are putting down our souls like roots in the ground . We think we feel better every day , we think our hearts received a lot of love and comprehension during this year; so what? Thanks Santa, you made it possible because you gave us what we asked ymonth GlobalGiving is matching any ou in the last few years: peace, respect and a family.

As you know, dear Santa, here in Mexico a lot of people need your help: half of the Mexican population live below the poverty line. Often living in poverty, Mexican children are vulnerable to violence both in the home and at school. Violence experienced at school has dramatic consequences because it pushes children to abandon their education in order to look for a job. Furthermore street children also find themselves victims of violence at the hands of their employers or even traffickers who exploit them.

As we were talking to you Santa, we were lucky because we found a new home through Puerta Abierta I.A.P where all the people which are working with and for us give us all we need in order to feel happy and loved. They bring us therapies with psychologists as well as a quality education, which will help us to have a future: now we know that we can dream even if we suffered abuse and abandonment. Now we know we can trust people, now we know that after all we can hope and love ourselves.

Please Santa , we don’t need dolls or games (even if we really like them) ; we just need to dream! Make our wish come true: make people continue to help us with their invaluable donations!

This month Globalgiving will match recurring donations for our project ! Tell all the kind donors to DONATE a little so we can reach our dreams!

Hopefully one day we will help back someway, as we wish. For the moment, Santa, bring them our Christmas gift too: a big hug and smile from all the children they helped.


The girls of Puerta Abierta I.A.P




As Mercedes tells us now “I was born in a very poor home, we suffered hunger and violence. My mother is schizophrenic and was sometimes violent; my father had no money for her medical treatment.  I was taken apart legally from my home and taken to foster home care at 3 as they told me my life was in dangerThis orphanage / foster home took good care of me but nobody adopted me so I was taken to Puerta Abierta´s foster home at age 8.“


56.7 % of Children who have suffered violence will repeat the violence cycle if not properly treated. In Puerta Abierta we work with a loving family model that takes care of emotional, physical, academic spiritual and social needs of our girls.  This model encourages them to become independent, responsible and self-sufficient so they can build a nonviolent family.  


But Mercedes was not able to handle the violence and abandonment she had suffered and kept telling us “ It is unfair, my mother never hurt me, they (DIF: Legal Government area that protects children) are telling lies “. Neither her father nor mother fought to get her back, at that time they just were not present.


Puerta Abierta always believed in her, we got her to learning therapies, tutoring and emotional support, we kept supporting all her needs, at some points we thought she wouldn’t finish elementary school as she did no progress.  She was always frustrated and had disruptive conducts and bad temper. Lucy, the “mother-caregiver“ kept supporting her against all odds, specially in her emotional needs, we all kept loving her and showing her how much we cared.


At age 15 she kept dreaming of a family she wanted, not the one she had, at this point Puerta Abierta´s team and all the specialists around Mercedes decided we had to confront her with reality. Assessed by  a therapist Mercedes had one contact with her father in a very contained environment. After that meeting WHAT SEEMED IMPOSIBLE BECAME A REALITY, Mercedes got a straight A in math in her 2nd grade of secondary school. Since then Mercedes shows a personal motor that keeps her pursuing her dream.  As she says “ I want to become a university graduate so I take care of medical treatment for my parents“  Mercedes has one more year to go before heading to University. 


With all the support from generous donors and Puerta Abierta, Mercedes can now tell a successful story, we are very proud of Mercedes and grateful for your suport, as without you it wouldn’t be possible! 



Ana Gaby
Ana Gaby

Telling a story about life is not easy at all, describing you what we do every day could be easy and impossible at the same time, because we work with souls and feelings. Because our aim is to give hope and love. How to describe in words these concepts?

Our little girls arrived when they were just four years old and today they are normal kids with all the problems that you can imagine. How are the girls living in Puerta Abierta? They are just like our children , we want you to imagine them like your daughter or son. Only, with one difference: they have a big sorrow, they have been abandoned. Working with them means one has to be doctor of the heart. Working with them means one has to mother, educator and friend. Do you already know theirs names? I want to introduce you our precious girls: Moni the youngest, Angeles Maria and Lupita our twins, Ana Gaby, Mercedes, Juanita ,Karla and Margarita the oldest one.

Moni is sweet and really needs a lot of love , she needs to be hugged , she needs you to look at her… and Angeles …she speaks through her eyes.. she speaks a lot but her eyes are the real image of her heart… Karla pretends to be the coolest of all, can you imagine that!! Imagine them coming back from school every day laughing and screaming like every child, imagine them hungry after school running to ask : “what we are going to eat today” and then… try to smell our soup or pasta which Gris, one of our workers, is cooking for them. It’s a normal home’s scene isn’t it? But there is more behind their voice.. there is more behind their hunger. Because every day one of them starts to be sad without no reason , becomes angry without an apparent explication. Here is where our work starts: to think along their side, to love them, to hug them… to tell them that everything will be settle out for the best..

Today is Partner Rewards Bonus Day, we need your help to keep being doctors of the heart, all you donate today will be matched by 50% by GG while funds last !! Just click the link below and become part of this great project !

Thank you with all our hearts.. we would like to finish this short letter with some words of one of our girls’ favorite songs …

“time stands still , beauty in all she is, I will be brave, I will not let anything , take away What’s standing in front of me , Every breath, Every hour has come to this.. One step closer..”

With all the best,





In Puerta Abierta we aim to give Hope and Love because our girls are just like our children, we want you to imagine them like your daughter or son. Only, with one difference: they have a big sorrow, they have been abandoned.

Working with them means one has to be doctor of the heart.

Working with them means one has to mother, educator and friend.

Do you already know theirs names? You already know our girls as you have been supporting them but maybe you dont remeber their names, Moni the youngest, Angeles Maria and Lupita our twins, Ana Gaby, Mercedes, Juanita, Karla and Margarita the oldest one.

Puerta Abierta will be part of Microsoft Bonus Day April14th and we need you as a friend, as a mother and as an educator, your support this day will get them a Mother, a Friend and an Educator. Be part of the future of our girls.

Please go to our project TOMORROW April 14th not today as the matching funds will be released on the 14th of april at 9am EDT Mexico 8am. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DO IT EARLY MORNING 14th APRIL! If yu want to help you can paste this link to your browser and that will get you to our project

Thanks to people like You our little girls can dream: BE PROUD OF YOURSELF, IT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT GIFT you can do to someone. You are giving a future to these children, this means that YOU are changing the world: because children ARE OUR FUTURE.

From the bottom of our hearts thank you!

Puerta Abierta



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Puerta Abierta IAP

Location: Queretaro - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Constantina Roberson
Queretaro, Qro Mexico
$89,523 raised of $95,000 goal
1,157 donations
$5,477 to go
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