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A Different Christmas Dinner
For the past several years we have conducted ongoing projects for the poor and needy of our city, including children at a local orphanage, residents of a home for abused women, and about 250 low-income families. Read more
Bringing Comfort to the Barranca Dwellers
The Sponsor a Book team of volunteers has been steadily growing, and last year two Family International singing groups added a lively musical component to our distribution programs. Read more
Laughter Therapy in Action
In 1998 I had the opportunity of meeting Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams in person. At the time I was living in Santiago, Chile, and was doing a lot of work with shows for children. Read more
“Dr. Payaso” Project
“Dr. Payaso” is a project that we began helping with in early 2005. It is based on “laughter therapy”, made famous by Dr. Patch Adams. We have incorporated a lot of material on personal interaction and have put together seminars on the subject that we teach to the medical students. Read more
Christmas Posada for an orphanage
We held our annual Christmas Posada at the city park in 2006. We asked people we had been in contact with throughout the year if they would like to buy a Christmas gift for a child in need. Each person or family picked a child that they wanted to sponsor, along the lines of a “secret Santa”. Read more
Children’s Christmas Play
In 2006, we organized a Christmas play with the children from a DIF shelter, so that they could perform it in surrounding villages. We prepared the costumes, and rehearsed the songs and motions the kids would need to perform the story of Jesus’ birth. Read more
A Multifaceted Children's Day
What could be more rewarding than an appreciative smile from a little child? Dia del Niño (Children’s Day) is one of the happiest days of the year in Mexico. It is a special gala focused on children, and is anticipated all year long. Read more
The Day When Children are Kings
Dia de los Reyes (“Kings’ Day,” on January 6) is quite a big holiday in Latin America, as well as a very good opportunity to remind people of the real meaning of Christmas. We hosted an event at the San Vicente orphanage and daycare center, and 110 children attended. Read more
Aid to Chiapas
Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, had been experiencing heavy rainfall for two weeks prior to Hurricane Stan, so rivers and dams overflowed when the storm hit, and many communities were destroyed. Read more
Prison Performance and Follow-up
We were invited to participate in the annual Cultural Week program at a state penitentiary where there are about 2,000 male and 200 female inmates. Members of three Family International communities in Cuernavaca performed songs and a drama portraying a message of God’s love. Read more