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Saturday, April 4, 2015
A word from Natalie....
Once again I had the
privilege of returning to Todos Santos to be a part of the Rabies/sterilization
campaign. It’s a 10 day event I look forward to every year.
Loading up the van, securing the totes.
Educational day in the community
Last year Allandale took on the responsibility of helping two young boys
continue their education. Unlike Canada it costs to continue education past the
primary grades in Todos Santos and many are unable to do so as it is a very
poor region. We had two young house boys named Mario and Christino at the hotel
we stayed at last year.They always
seemed to be there: at 5 am when I got up and 10 pm when we went to bed. We
inquired through our translators why they were not in school and found out about
the cost of continuing education. Both boys come from an underprivileged
background and needed to work to support their families. They were only 14 and
16 years old!! They were such hard workers and always had smiles on their faces.We felt we had to help them. We approached
the program directors to ask what it would take and found out what we needed to
raise for the boys to go back to school.
Both boys have done very well and their grades have improved over the course of
the year. I was so excited to hear how happy they both are to be attending
school and they want to continue to do so. Mario evens plays in the school
band!! Some of the money we send is to allow the boys to do their homework at
the internet café. They need the computers and a printer to complete their
assignments and it costs for the time on the computers. This year we are hoping
to raise funds to purchase two gently used laptops and printers so they can do
their homework from the convenience of their own home instead of having to line
up (and spend money) at the café. The boys worked so hard at helping us when we
are in Todos Santos that I think it would be a much appreciated thank you
We were approached by The GAAP program director as the younger siblings of both
boys have expressed an interest in continuing their education when they finish
their primary school this year. What started out as a project to help the
animals has snowballed into helping the humans as well.
Helping to restrain a kitty for vaccines
I look forward to the year ahead; to receiving updates on Mario and Christino,
fund raising for a cause I truly believe in and returning next year to continue
the work in a community I have grown to love.
Through education and support we are helping a
whole community become a better place to live.