Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Starting and Finishing Projects

We are fortunate to have our renowned artist friend, Louis Cogley, do some extraordinary murals in the living room of Casa de Fe. Because Louis is so busy it is a work in progress but it's a true blessing to see the work in different stages of completion and the finished product is beautiful.

We are finishing our swing set and playground. The original design was approved and funds donated by the Lions Club of San Felipe. Upon closer planning for the use of 8 children the playground equipment was expanded to accommodate more children than the pre-made set would accommodate. Additional improvement materials were supplemented by Home Depot. The other photo is of the bird feeders the girls made and painted.

We were blessed by a food donation from Lion’s Club of $1000
credit for food at La Vaquita III market. This is such a better way for donations to be made in that everyone knows exactly what their donations are being used for. We are also receiving food donations from people leaving town for the summer. Many people don’t want to leave food sitting in a hot house for 3-5 months they are gone and it greatly supplements our food budget when they donate it to us. We are blessed with your support and cannot thank you enough for your donations.

This week it seems that summer has arrived and we are now in the season for air conditioning.
Our electric bill will triple by August, making this our most important expense. We ask that you help us by talking with your families and friends to expand our circle of support. If everyone could let us know about 5 people who would like to follow our progress and offer support it would help us more than you can imagine. If we can get out to enough people it will be easy for people to help us with $15 - $50 dollars and have that accumulate to cover our expenses.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cars - Family - English

We finally have a vehicle that will hold all the children and Tia Lupita. We were lucky to find an older Suburban that works really well for taking the kids to school but more importantly we can all go safely to church or the beach and everyone can have a seat with a seatbelt.

In order to cut costs Carol & Bill are working 2 days/week to save costs from an additional house Tia. DIF wants family interaction and it works well to do this. We frequently have meals together like a family and can hear about the kid’s day and any challenges that may have arisen.

One of the older girls is taking English class with a scholarship supplied by the Rotary club. It requires her adding an extra hour to her day with her getting up at 5am every school day. Her school day is from 7am-12pm. We have a tutor come to the home 3 days a week to help the kids accelerate their learning. Neither of the older girls could read nor write well when they came here, and now Alejandra may be able to skip the 2nd grade with a special exam. They are now accepting that they really are smart girls. Since we speak both English and Spanish in the home Amanda is growing up being bilingual and the other girls and Carol are learning and speaking more English and Spanish all of the time. Bilingual volunteers will be greatly appreciated to work and play with kids during the summer.

We are looking for people to help us get out to a larger group. If you would like us to come and talk with your church or service organization please let us know and we will be happy to see you.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Casa de Fe Update

After being approved by DIF for the State of Baja in April, 2010 we received our first 3 kids on Nov. 3, 2010, ages 4, 7 & 8. They were with us for a couple of weeks when our 2yr old was brought to us. She had never been with a family and was very angry and confused about being with us not knowing what was going to happen. Now they are all sisters and are getting along as normal sister do.

Our primary house Tia left after 2 weeks due to schedule conflicts which left us with a huge gap in assistance. Carol worked at the home 24/7 for 2 ½ months before we found Guadalupe (Lupita) Perez and she was through the approval process. Though she had worked in Casa Hogars in central Mexico for the last 10 years she still had to go through this DIF office approval before she could be alone with the children overnight.

We go to a Mexican church every Sunday and the girls have bible study in the evenings with Lupita. Often they will tell us about the different bible stories and verses they are learning.

We are asked all of the time what people can donate to help us out the most. The donations of clothes and toys have been overwhelming and we are blessed to have local businessmen who have been donating to our food budget and sanitation services. Our biggest need is to have donations of money or the availability of fundraisers for the monthly expenses that cannot be covered by material donations; such as propane, electricity and water.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with care and cleaning at Casa de Fe and would love to have some bi-lingual ladies interested.