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Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots

Two lives changed for the better

Although my position as a board member of Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots is only in its second year,  my relationship with this organization goes back to 2000 and a brochure I picked up while in Oaxaca. During that visit to Oaxaca, my daughter and I visited the Centro de Esperanza Infantil  (the program's name in Oaxaca) to learn more about this non-profit  which provides assistance to more than 600 of the poorest children of Oaxaca, making it possible for them to attend school. After I returned to Durham, I suggested to the CRHS Spanish Honor Society, which I advised at the time,  that we sponsor a child in this program. Thus began the rewarding sponsorship of  Rodrigo Mesinas Perez, a 13 year old who had to drop out of school  to help his mom earn money to support their family by selling candy in the street. Now, 12 years later, he is finishing his third year of college, studying to be a Special Education teacher. My daughter Ashley and I became sponsors of his younger brother David when he was ready to begin school. He did not pass 5th grade two years ago, but was given remedial assistance (during the summer and school year) at the Centro de Esperanza Infantil , as he repeated  the 5th grade again the following September.  There is no such thing as "social promotion" in the public school system in Mexico, so you either repeat or drop out of school. He successfully completed his second year in 5th grade, and this year will "graduate" from sixth grade and will enter  junior high this fall. The changes in these two young peoples' lives is significant and was only possible through this sponsorship program. I would love to enlist your support in helping our non-profit earn a sizeable grant from Cultivate Wines. To ensure that we stay in the top 6 of the 30 entries (we are currently in 4th place), we need to have people with Facebook accounts vote for our video every day from now through June 30th. Go to www.cultivatewines.com, click on "The Give" and follow the instructions as to how to vote. It only takes a minute or two and will greatly help us in our endeavors to keep the Centro de Esperanza Infantil a vibrant place for positive change and growth. Please vote for the video "Educating Oaxaca's Children in Need" and, of course, ¡mil gracias!

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