One of our children
2004 © Elizabeth Slaymaker
Mary Pat Wilson and Bob White (Our child) came into our lives when she was seven years old. Along with her older brother and her parents, she lived in a small two-room house in Oaxaca. Limited electricity, concrete floor, a water pump in front of the house, and a shared outhouse in the back. We fell in love with her from the start. It didn’t matter that she spoke no English and we were beginners at Spanish.
Over the past five years her life has improved. By piecing together numerous jobs, her parents have managed to move the family to a better house in a village outside the city. Now twelve, she excels in school and is captain of her soccer team. The sponsorship helps pay for school books, uniforms, and shoes.
Claudia Maria Morales Santiago "When I was a little girl I dreamt about doing something for my people who are Mixtecos, an indigenous group from the Mixteca region in Oaxaca. We, as indigenous people, have always been surrounded by endless limitations; and one of those is having access to an education. I was one of the privileged who had the opportunity to go to school with the help of C.E.I. Now, after 8 years of support I´m working as a teacher and I can help my people just as I had dreamed. Not everyone understands the importance of being educated, I had the chance to understand it thanks to my sponsor who supported me with my studies."
Teri Schwartz I first visited Oaxaca Street Children's center 5 years ago at the recommendation of a dear friend. I fell in love with the organization and its mission and I sponsored a child. Being a part of this organization and the lives of the children who are touched by it is very important to me.
Kathy Smith- Wenning My volunteer experience with Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots took place August, 2008. I arrived at Centro de Esperanza Infantil in Oaxaca City, Mexico with Michele Durante and Becky Cohen-two of my anthropology students from Monmouth University. We arrived for a short
but very sweet volunteer assignment which was the culmination of an anthropology course, American Diversity. The course highlighted the immigrant experience in NJ and included tutoring ESL two evenings per week at the local public library. The majority of the ESL students were from the state of Oaxaca. The anthropology students now had the opportunity to work with children in Oaxacatriggers known to cause an asthma attack...Many parents told of rocking children during a night time attack outside of the dwelling hoping the symptoms would subside. While there is an ambulance service in Oaxaca City it is unavailable for poor children and their families. Treatment would be sought usually in the morning unless a family member could find someone kind enough to drive them or lend them money for a taxi.