Those of you who have never witnessed a Mexican birthday party have missed a real treat. The birthday boy or girl blows out the candles just like in the States except for one small difference: the birthday boy or girl willingly allows his/her face to be smashed into the icing on the cake. So, here is a photograph of what you have missed.
Fishersville United Methodist Church of Fishersville, VA visited La Familia with a mission team in late July. As has become their tradition, the Fishersville team purchased shoes for all of the children as well as some much-needed clothing.
Meli, oldest child in a family of four who recently came to La Familia from a community near Palmarito, is obviously elated with her new shoes.
A team of 13 missioners from Saint Andrews Episcopal Church visited La Familia in mid June. The team made up of half youth and half adults got a lot accomplished in between highly competitive soccer, volley ball and basketball games with the children of La Familia.
Several projects were completed during this visit:
Everything on the kitchen shelves and the storage above the shelves was completely removed for cleaning.
While the shelves were empty, the youth on the trip painted them while the adults painted the walls surrounding the shelves.
One missioner in particular — Mark Spitalli — with bucket of concrete in hand, roamed all over the house and outside the house looking for sections of concrete that needed repair.
The area where the garbage is kept had become full of scraps of wood from the construction of the main home, so three of the missioners — Steve DePeder, Mike Maher and Mike Spitalli — built a huge bonfire behind some old concrete block and burned the debris.
A member of the Saint Andrews’ team — Mary Jane Haley — is a professional story teller. In her normal workweek, Mary Jane travels to schools in the midwest telling stories. Below is a photograph of her telling the Three Little Pigs nursery rhyme to the children of La Familia.
Because virtually everything the children eat at La Familia is fresh, there is a huge need for missioners to help out with the chopping of vegetables. See below a photo of some of our missioners — Vera Martin, Mary Jane Haley and Jordan DePeder — helping out with the chopping.
On our final night at La Familia, the children put on a show for us and afterward posed with the mission team for a group photograph.
Some of you may have seen Silvia’s Facebook post that a storm with heavy winds blew through the Quecholac community and blew out the temporary (plastic) covering that the directors had used to cover the window openings until we could raise the funds to purchase permanent windows.
So now we need to see what we can do to raise the funds necessary to completely finish the second floor.
Here are the prices (US Funds) we have received from the window and door manufacturer:
Large Windows – $275 each or $3,850 grand total for all 14 Large Windows La Familia needs.
Small Windows – $93 each or $372 grand total for all 4 Small Windows La Familia needs.
Doors – $422 each or $2,954 for all 7 doors La Familia needs.
Large French Doors for the balcony – $607 each or $1,214 for the two French Doors La Familia needs.
Please send your donations to:
Embrace the Dream Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 5558
Greenville, SC 29606
Please also indicate which product — Large Windows, Small Windows, Doors, French Doors — your want your donation to purchase.
Thank you very much,
Embrace the Dream Foundation, Inc.