Four times a year, we provide diapers to the approximately 35 families with children 3 years of age and younger, living at Seneca House. The facility allows for the families to get back on their feet, eventually finding there own place to call home. The latest project was held outdoors, to take advantage of the beautiful NY weather. The families, Seneca House staff, and our volunteers had an excellent day!
Like at Seneca House in The Bronx, we also conduct 4 yearly projects in India. Food, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, and more are provided to the children at 3 separate facilities that serve poor children in the specific areas.
Germalise, pronounced Yam-a-lees, has been at Nutre Hogar, a home in Santiago, Panama, for malnourished children, for about 9 months. The children mostly come from the rural mountain area hours east of Santiago, where subsistence farmers live. We first met her back in November of 2015 when she was a relative newcomer to Nutre Hogar. She never moved from where she was placed on the floor, having no strength to crawl or walk. She never uttered a sound. She just sat, staring blankly. Now, she walks on her own, speaks, reacts to the adults and other children. She will soon be well enough to go home. These are the children you help us serve with your generous support, and we thank you for it!
Doing two projects a year in Orlando, Florida, allows us to concentrate on 2 much needed items for the children. Hygiene items for one project, and sweaters or sweatshirts for the other. This year, we added another school along with Ivey Lane. It's called West Oaks Elementary. The children get engrossed in hearing about children in far away places, and how much tougher life can be for them.
100% of your donation is spent on the children. All expenses are covered by the Board of Directors.
Meet Germalise, from Sanitago, Panama
The children we support live in orphanages or are from impoverished backgrounds. While some have families, most of those parents or guardians struggle to care for the children.
It is important to us to provide the much needed essentials, as well as time and our love to the children. Despite language barriers in places outside the US, we manage to talk to the children, asking their names, what they want to be when they grow up, what their favorite color is, favorite sport and school subject. We play and joke with them, give hugs and high fives, and tell them the importance of studies in order to make a good life for themselves. Often, the children want to show us their drawings or want to sing & dance for us. It may not seem like much, but the children appreciate and cherish the time we spend with them. On each project, our local Ambassadors show compassion and understanding to the children, so that they know there are people who care about them. This is equally important as the things we provide.
Our yearly trip to Santiago went exceptionally well, with an additional 4 volunteers joining us. We provided nutritional baby formula to help them get back to health and return to their families in the remote areas of central Panama.
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