A Shout Out to the Angels
By Jesús Aguado
Lorena Ochoa, an icon in the world of golf, shows her support to those less fortunate in San Miguel de Allende.
For the Third Annual Ventanas de Oportunidad Charity Golf Tournament, to be held on June 6 at Ventanas de San Miguel, Lorena Ochoa will meet and interact with golfers, media, and the general audience. The event is an annual fundraiser for San Miguel Angels for Education, an organization founded by Naomi Lawler, who states that it is of the utmost importance to provide children in vulnerable circumstances with educational opportunities otherwise unavailable to them, in order for them “to be able to break the cycles of ignorance, abuse, and neglect that preceded them.”
The organization currently covers all private, bilingual academic school expenses for nine girls from age 8-15 from the local girls orphanage. The scholarships from San Miguel angels include registration, tuition, books, uniforms, tutoring, workshops, field trips, transportation, and other education-related expenses. Daniela Bribiesca, psychologist and Academic director for the non-profit organization, provides monthly workshops with the girls that focus on building positive self-esteem and sense of community. “Of course we want our students to achieve academic success; however, we also want them to be well-balanced, good citizens who are grateful for their opportunities and hopefully one day will be able to give back to their community,” she says. She also comments that the girls they are supporting do public service at Alma and the SPA and will continue to give back to their community as part of those programs.
With nearly two academic years under its belt, Angels For Education maintains its focus on providing quality, bilingual education to children in local orphanages. They have elected to concentrate their efforts on children in orphanages and from single parent homes because education is an essential element to break these repetitive negative cycles and give them hope for a better future. “When people have no hope or opportunity available to them, they can turn to drugs, crime or surrender to the perpetual doom they’ve unfortunately been surrounded by” remarks Lawler.
All proceeds from this tournament go to benefit the less fortunate children in local orphanages with education of quality. Golfers and supporters can participate by playing, volunteering, donating, or purchasing a ticket to attend the Awards Ceremony Luncheon and Silent Auction. For more information visit www.ventanasdeoportunidad.org or contact Naomi Lawler Naomi@angelsforeducation.org.