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One miracle at a time at Casa Hogar Santa Julia

By Irene de León


Karina y Hernestina

For those who do not know, Casa Hogar Santa Julia is the only nonprofit girls’ home located here in San Miguel de Allende. We say it is where love grows miracles. The girls who live here cannot live in their homes of origin due to circumstances beyond their control. At present there are a total of 50 girls of all ages. They attend school and when they finish high school, there is no future for attending university without a donor to pay for their education. The girls are being prepared for higher education without a fund to pay for it.

The school year will be ending soon and Casa Hogar Santa Julia has two residents who want to continue on in a university. Please consider a tax-deductible donation for these young women who want to have a better future. They have no one to help them make their dreams possible and they crave the chance to do so. Here, in brief, are their stories.

Ernestina is 18 years old and has been at Santa Julia since she was four. Her mother died when she was born and her father could not care for her and her sister. The nuns have taken care of her ever since. She is on scholarship at a well-known private high school and wants to continue her education. She is excited about becoming independent. She will stay in San Miguel to be close to her sister at Santa Julia. She is looking for housing and to be a part of a family to learn how to live on her own. I have known Ernestina about half of her life and can honestly say that she is very responsible and mature. She has curly hair, and so is known affectionately as China (pronounced Cheena).

Karina is presently in León in a supported living environment, but will be returning to Casa Hogar Santa Julia when she graduates from high school. She is on full scholarship at a prestigious high school. She is 19 years old and has been at Casa Hogar Santa Julia since she was 10. Her mother had never sent her to school until she came to Santa Julia. She wants to study design but has not yet decided what kind of design.

Last year, Casandra left Santa Julia to live with a family and is now finishing her first of three years at the University of León here in San Miguel. She has become much more confident and has learned how to take responsibility for herself in the world outside of Santa Julia. Our latest success story, she has set an example for Ernestina and Karina and has become their role model.

Presently there are three girls who have left Santa Julia and are successfully continuing their education and proving that they can break the chain of poverty and dependency that so many girls face.

Please consider donating to Friends of Santa Julia noting John J. de Leon Scholarship Fund on the memo line. All US donations are tax deductible. Please call me at 154-4117 or email me at for more information.


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