Children from Mexiquito now have their own library
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The Casa Hogar Mexiquito received 2,000 books, which will help the students do research and improve their grades in school.
The Santuario Hogar Mexiquito was founded in 1978 by Franciscan friar Guadalupe Mojica with the aim of providing love and protection to abandoned boys. Nowadays the house shelters 27 boys from 2 to 14 years of age; some of them attend kindergarten and the rest primary or secondary school. Mother Teófila Jaime Sabines (Madre Teo) said that the donation of this library will help the children get into the habit of reading and learn to find information from other sources besides the internet.
The books were donated by Casa Santa Hipólita, a nonprofit organization begun 23 years ago in Mexico City with the goal of supporting children staying in orphanages such as Casa Hogar Mexiquito with books and scholarships. Doña Aide Jiménez de Taylor mentioned that they found out about this casa hogar through the Mexican Confederation of Orphanages, which includes more than 300 orphanages. Currently, the organization also provides scholarships to some children from Mexiquito ranging from 210 pesos to 1,200 pesos.
The library donated by Santa Hipólita includes more than 2,000 textbooks, novels and some magazines. The hall is also equipped with a television and a computer donated by Hans Schwerdt from Cim Concept. Schwerdt said that his father started supporting social causes a long time ago, as he does now, and currently some of his employees are also supporting casas hogares.
The library has been named after Helen Schwerdt, Hans’s mother, who also supports some children in orphanages.