Hello to all our worldwide friends and supporters from Los Patojos school in Guatemala!
We just finished celebrations for our 13th Anniversary. The students and teachers worked very hard to share our successes with the families and the community in Jocotenango. A very special time for everyone!
In the meantime, our work with each student continues every day. With more than 410 students, there is always lots to do! Jonathan is an example of our success in changing troubled lives into lives with hope and dignity. Jonathan came to Los Patojos 10 years ago when he was 3 years old. His mother was murdered, and he now lives with his grandmother. Life is not easy as his grandmother cannot afford to feed Jonathan and his brother. This is where our team steps in. The kitchen ensures that Jonathan and his brother have sufficient food morning, afternoon and evening. In return, Jonathan helps to serve lunches in the school and assists teachers with activities in their classrooms. He is studying in the 7th Grade in the afternoons. Dr. Valle and the clinic staff also watch out for Johnathon ensuring he gets assistance whenever he is sick; as well they are monitoring his health and nutrition.
In his own words, Jonathan expresses his love for Los Patojos:
“Here I have grown up, my life has changed because here I can play soccer, participate in other sports, learn to draw, paint and perform juggling. I love to be in Los Patojos because after they murdered my mother, this was where I could be safe and feel happy.”
Thank you to each and every one of you, without your generous support, none of our work with these children and youth would be possible. We are forever grateful. Muchas Gracias!