It happens every day. A woman transmits HIV to her newborn in utero, in delivery, or in breast milk. And according to UNICEF, other children contract the disease through unsafe injections and infected blood transfusions.
Two hundred students clamor into Jubilee School each Monday, eager to learn. On their way, they pass houses strewn loosely together with corrugated metal and scraps. Moto-taxis, buses, cars, people, horses, and chickens clog the roads, the dirt veins that form the heart of the poor neighborhood on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa.
The first Children’s Hope Award Dinner, benefitting Plano-based Orphan Outreach, raised awareness and critically needed funds at the event held Feb. 27 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Gloria Campos (pictured below) of WFAA, a champion of adoption and foster care, served as emcee in her last hosted event prior to her retirement, and Event Chair Joyce Rogge says the entire organization is thrilled with the success of their first awards dinner.
Imagine being thirteen, in a strange city, hundreds of miles away from home, and your mom abandons you at a bus station, driving off into the night with her lover.
“I really like vowels.” Raquel looks at Irene Salazar, the principal at the Asociación Guatemalteca para el Sindrome de Down in Guatemala City, and giggles. A shy 14-year old beginning her third year of studies at the school, Raquel has proven to be an exceptional student and a very willing spokesperson for the unique school that is changing the way people look at children with special needs in Guatemala.
The Westport team had plans for Day 1 - study, crafts, etc. but God had other plans for the day. The team did not even make it to the home today as per the plan they had. God (and Lucy) had a whole different plan for them today.
We are very excited that more than 260 people attended the 5th annual luncheon to hear what a difference the WOW auxiliary is making for orphans and vulnerable children in Guatemala. Most thrilling of all, more than $50,000 was raised to help with the needs of the children in 2014!