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Centro Infantil de Los Angeles gets US$20,000 grant from Bernard Weisman Foundation

By Lee Daneker

The Centro Infantil de Los Angeles, a nursery and daycare center for children under six, recently received a Bernard Weisman Foundation grant established in memory of the late Bernie Weisman, longtime resident and active member of the San Miguel de Allende community.

Late in his life, Weisman established the foundation, dedicated to social and economic justice through improving the lives of local deserving families and children. In the years since Weisman’s passing, the foundation’s board of directors has contributed generously to local NGOs that work to better the lives of Sanmiguelenses suffering from lack of well-paid employment, educational opportunities, or serious medical issues.

Most recently, the foundation donated US$20,000 to the daycare (guardería) and preschool (kinder) operated by Centro Infantil de Los Angeles. Both the daycare and the preschool are free and serve the neediest families in San Miguel. The daycare is a safe place where parents from very low-income families can leave their children so that they can work during the day. The preschool serves the same community of financially challenged families and prepares children to enter first grade. Between the daycare and the preschool, Centro Infantil provides education and care daily to almost 200 children between the ages of six months and six years. Parents of children in Centro Infantil volunteer in both the daycare and the preschool to express their appreciation by helping to keep down the costs of running the center.

Centro Infantil Director Patricia Palacios Cortes received the donation from Durand during a visit by foundation representatives to the daycare and preschool this past week. “I am so grateful to [the foundation’s board chair] Julie Durand and to the Bernard Weisman Foundation for this very generous donation,” she said. “It is our objective to be the best daycare and preschool that we can be for needy families in San Miguel, and with the help of friends like the Bernard Weisman Foundation, we are able to achieve this goal.”

“We, at Bernie’s foundation, have been aware of the good work done by Centro Infantil for many years,” said Durand. “They make an incredible difference in the lives of so many children and families, and it is our pleasure to help them continue their outstanding work. My only regret is that Bernie himself couldn’t be here to meet the staff and the lovely children of Centro Infantil and see firsthand how much his support means in the lives of so many deserving families.”

For more information, or to join the Bernard Weisman foundation in supporting Centro Infantil de Los Angeles, please visit centroinfantil.org. Donations to Centro Infantil are tax deductible in both the US and México.

 

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