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Sponsor a Book, Mexico, 2011 Report

Isabelle Nizincourt

Thanks to the generous donation of books we received from Activated Ministries in April 2011 we were able to bring educational and inspirational books to:

Sponsor a Book reaches more than 1,000 underprivileged children

Again, we want to thank you so very much for your support of our projects and for donating the books we distribute. Mexico finds itself in a very difficult situation right now, after 25 years of having religious and moral education banned from the schools (the government just re-instituted civic instruction and is training their teachers to do so). Being able to distribute value-based literature to the most vulnerable and at risk children is such a powerful opportunity to help stem the tide of organized crime.

5 days, 5 Indian communities, over 1,000 children and more than 4,000 sponsored books distributed

Isabelle Nizincourt

Imagine you are a boy or a girl, born in remote community of Guerrero (one of the poorest state in Mexico). The closest “big” city (of 100,000 inhabitants) is over two hours away, half of the way on mountain dirt roads. The place is dormant under an implacable heat. Nothing much happens here, especially in the way of entertainment, and one day you hear that a team of foreigners is on their way to do a program in your village, and that they are bringing with them gifts of toys and books. Wow!

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.

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

6,800 books to the children of Mexico City and Tabasco, Mexico

Isabelle Nizincourt

“I asked my mommy for a doll for Christmas, but she couldn’t get one! Thanks for the pretty doll!”

“These kids will never forget your visit here today. You do not understand what it means for them!”

These were just a few of the reactions that we received during Christmas and Kings day as our team of volunteers distributed toys and Activated Ministries sponsored books to the children and parents at the AMANC Hostel, a facility for low-income families coming from the provinces to Mexico City for cancer treatment.

Mission to Guatemala and El Salvador: 4,500 books distributed

Isabelle Nizincourt

“I Xin J’o! “I Xin J’o!” , “We love you!” “We love you!” chanted the kids from the rural Indian community after our visit to their school.

Box of the year

Melissa Roser

How long does a phone call take from Belgium to Beijing? One minute. How long does it take to shoot a rocket around the globe? One hour. How long does it take to mail a letter from Luxembourg to London? One day. How long does it take to drive from Moscow to Madrid? One week? No! Much less than that. What about a box of books for kids in Africa? One year. No less. Hard to believe? Read on.

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