Educational program of Ventanas de Oportunidad
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The charity golf tournament Ventanas de Oportunidad will take place on July 5 and has the goal of raising enough money to provide quality education for the girls of Casa Hogar Santa Julia. If sufficient funds are raised San Miguel Angels For Education would like to expand the program to include boys from Casa Hogar Mexiquito.
Ventanas de Oportunidad was held for the first time in 2013 by the organization Angels for Education. It raised enough money to provide education for 11 girls from the orphanage, ten of them in primary school and one in secondary school. This year, the organization has the goal of raising a sufficient amount to keep supporting the girls and also creating a fund that help the students go on to college.
Naomi Lawler, organizer of the tournament, said that the money raised goes toward tuition, uniforms, transportation and related educational expenses. The girls are currently studying at Colegio Atabal, which has an educational model called “Education with Love.” “Education,” remarked Lawler, “is important for the girls and will help them to not repeat the cycles of poverty, violence and lack of education that they experienced in the past.” She also highlighted that the students, if they are capable, could be lawyers or doctors if they wish; but if not, she said, they are receiving a bilingual education that will help them to work in this touristic city and interact with different types of people.
Lawler said that they want to support more kids.
Currently the organization is seeking mentors to attend school related programs and activities and engage in the kids’ educational development.
For those interested in volunteering, the organization is looking for indivduals or couples who speak Spanish, are positive role models and are willing to commit for at least one year.
For more information contact Naomi Lawler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the prizes for in the tournament is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, to be awarded only if a player gets a hole in one. For more information about sponsoring or enrolling in the tournament go to www.ventanasdoportunidad.org.