Help educate Santa Julia’s girls
By Naomi Lawler
Nearly six years ago, after meeting two little girls named Angeles and Elena, my life was changed. I was in my early thirties, childless, suffering a great loss and trying to find purpose in my life. One afternoon after visiting Casa Hogar Santa Julia (CHSJ), I met the gaze of a toddler girl of approximately two. Our eyes locked, her chunky cheeks stretched and I couldn’t help but return the exaggerated expression of being so happy to see into the soul of someone else so needy to be recognized, understood and loved. Soon after, I learned that this girl arrived two weeks earlier after being removed from her home for severe abuse and neglect. The little toddler I took for a two-year-old was actually four, going on five, and her malnutrition, neglect and abuse robbed her of good health, stature and size and made her the mini version of who she should be. But her smile was larger than life and her spirit spunkier than any other. I immediately approached her and she stretched out her arms wide for me to hold her. We connected immediately, I committed and I’ve never looked back.
Charity Golf Tournament
Fri & Sat, Jul 5&6, 9am
Ventanas de Oportunidad/Windows of Opportunity
Ventanas de San Miguel Golf & Resort
Carretera de Dolores Hidalgo 1.5
After visiting Angeles for a month, I learned that her older sister Elena was also at CHSJ. These girls have spent weekends and vacations with me for the past six years. I’ve watched their struggles, fears and needs for some things I’ve been unable to provide. However, I’ve also witnessed their growth, happiness and hope for their future. This has been both a complicated and simple life experience, but mostly it’s been the most challenging and rewarding effort I’ve ever made.
I am committed to CHSJ to ensure that Angeles and Elena and the 37 girls who share similar stories are cared for in a thoughtful, humane and kind manner. Under their current care our girls eat three meals a day, attend school, receive psychological therapy, medical care and tutoring, have comfortable safe shelter and enjoy enriching activities.
Today, CHSJ is struggling financially to continue caring for our 39 girls. A decline in donations in 2012 and 2013 has caused great concern that we must address immediately. If we don’t, the great care that we’ve worked so hard to give could be compromised. We have hopes and dreams for greater things like private, bilingual education and college degrees. Current budgetary limitations cannot provide the quality of education our girls need to be best prepared for life on their own.
With the generous support of Ventanas de San Miguel Golf & Resort, Gazo Sistemas Vehicular de Gas, Recreo, Cuna de Tierra, San Miguel Weddings, La Azotea, Chrysler San Miguel, Club Car, Esencia Yoga Spa Retreat, La Morada Hotel, Namuh, San Miguel Management, Premier San Miguel and other local businesses and individuals, we are hosting the First Annual Ventanas de Oportunidad, an annual charity golf tournament dedicated to raising funds for the education of children living in local orphanages. Our goal is to raise US$40,000 in 2013 to provide scholarships for CHSJ children to attend private, bilingual schools in fall 2013. We cannot reach this goal without the San Miguel community’s support.
Registration fees for the tournament are: ladies 2,500 pesos and gentlemen 3,000. Local San Miguel residents pay 500 pesos less. Incredible prizes, including a lot at Ventanas, three club memberships at Ventanas, i10 car from Chrysler San Miguel, Club Car and more are up for grabs for participants in this tournament. An awards lunch ceremony and silent auction at Ventanas at 2:30pm on July 6 is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance for 750 pesos, which includes a beautifully catered 4th of July style lunch, beverages and entertainment.
We call all golfers, volunteers, donors and/or cheerleaders who are able to participate in Ventanas de Oportunidad Charity Golf Tournament to please visit our website www.ventanasdeoportunidad.org for more information. Find out how you can help by calling Naomi Lawler at 044 415 153 5420 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.