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Sponsor a Book and Learning To Fly

Patricino un Libro (Sponsor a Book) is a non-profit organization based in Monterrey. Their mission is to introduce children in underprivileged, marginal, and high-risk neighborhoods to Christian and universal values through cultivating the joy of reading, and to transform their lives in the process. In the past five years, Patricino un Libro has distributed over 75,000 books to some of Mexico's poorest neighborhoods, mountain villages, hospitals, cancer centers, orphanages, and nurseries for the children of underprivileged single mothers. Programs include:

  • Contests with prizes
  • Musical shows
  • Workshops for the mothers
  • Book distribution where each child receives 3 to 5 books
  • The donation of a complete set of books to the school or institution visited

In 2013, the Sponsor a Book team expanded their ministry to include a Workshop Program for female prison inmates. Their "Learning To Fly' program involves weekly includes weekly classes, workshops and group and personal counseling sessions for inmates. The 6 month program covers topics such as self-esteem, forgiveness, conflict resolution, values, communication, assertiveness, the importance of having a life plan and more. Isabelle and team have plans to further expand the "Learning to Fly" program to include juvenile delinquents. Stay tuned for more updates on this life-changing program.

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Recent Events

Patricino un Libro’s campaign with the Otomi Indians

Isabelle Nizincourt

It was a joy to resume our programs after nearly everything in Mexico came to a halt in April due to the flu emergency. We recently returned from our first campaign in the State of Queretaro at the Otomi Indian communities. The Otomi are the 5th largest Indian population in Mexico, and like most other tribes, the majority live in poverty and exclusion. Some Otomi Indians move to the cities, others to the US, and those who remain on their lands are faced with high unemployment and marginalization.

Patricino un Libro’s 2009 Children’s Day celebration

Isabelle Nizincourt

Our volunteers at Patrocina un Libro celebrated Children’s Day 2009 at the “Arena Santa Lucia” in Monterrey, Mexico. This year Children’s Day came a little later than usual due to the swine flu scare, but thankfully by June 13 everything was back to normal and we were able to organize a special event for patients in the children’s wing of the Metropolitan Hospital as well as children from local orphanages.

Mission to Hidalgo

Isabelle Nizincourt

The state of Hidalgo ranks as the fifth poorest among the 32 states of the Mexican Republic. Located a few hours away from Mexico City, this mountainous area is home to many local Indian communities as well as a significant displaced Indian population.

Making the invisible visible, Part 1

Izabelle Nizincourt

Our three Christmas celebrations for the disadvantaged in México City put us in contact with many “invisible” people, those whom most of society don’t see or hear about. “Patricino un Libro” (Sponsor a Book) volunteers are so thankful that we were able to show these desperately poor people some recognition, encouragement and love during the Christmas season.

The “Pepenadores” of Ciudad Neza

Making the invisible visible, Part 2

Izabelle Nizincourt

Our first “Sponsor a Book” campaign for 2009 took us to Guerrero, the home state of famed Acapulco, but also the land of some of the poorest municipalities in México. We held six King’s Day “jornadas” (events) for a total of 1,200 underprivileged children in four schools, one small community, and one boarding school, as well as two workshops for parents. Our volunteers distributed 150 toys and 4,200 sponsored books.

The Program

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