Angel and Mario are happy with their moon!
If you read my last blog post at www.expandcasahogar.com, then you have already read this.
I have arrived back in Austin from Oaxaca, Mexico and it’s long overdue that I update everybody on Global Giving about Casa Hogar! I felt that they had progressed immensely since I had last seen them. The organization seemed to be better, and the children happier. It was wonderful getting to see all of the familiar faces as well as the many new faces. It’s was also getting to hear some of the success stories of the children who are no longer there. “Gordito” and his brother Adelo went with there mother to another city where she was able to open up a shoe shop and Yazmin and Azucena were adopted by a family member. It was sad for me not to see them there, but also wonderful to know that they are now able to have a steady home life and be with their families once again. Now, as for Casa Hogar in general…
1) Do you remember that one of Coco’s (the founder) dreams for the future of Casa Hogar was to provide basic education for the mothers? Well, they now have a haircutting class every Thursday giving them the opportunity to learn a trade that they can turn into a profession. 6 (out of 26) attend.
2) They have finished out the one-room house that stands on the land they are now renting but would like to buy which means they have a third bedroom for the children. Now, the older boys sleep here. There is a small bathroom with a toilet and sink for them to use.
3) A homework tent with desks where the teacher helps them with homework after they arrive from school.
WHAT’S THE SAME:
1) The plan. They still hope to buy the piece of land next to them and build a second house.
2) The problem. They are still unable to accommodate teens.
So, that’s it for now everybody! Keep up with us by liking our Expand Casa Hogar Facebook page if you haven’t already! If you don’t you might miss some pretty good stuff…if you are in the Austin area or are part of the Austin Waldorf community, don't miss my project presentation at the Austin Waldorf School on Friday April 13, 2012 at 8:30. After the presentation I will be auctioning off two wooden moons painted by the children along with photos of the children who painted them. Don't miss the opportunity to bid and/or hear all about the process of conducting and creating this non-profit project!
Sincerely and with gratitude,