Today I would like to extend the reach of our fellow readers to a friend of ours who has recently contributed to Teachable Moments from Around the Globe Via Postcard. For 8 & 1/2 years my friend has sponsored this young man Gerardo and recently he made an incredible trip to Central America in January 2010 to meet and visit the child [now teenager!] Gerardo who he has sponsored through Children International for approximately 8 1/2 years now. It was an awesome experience, and January 26 was easily the best day of my life!
Throughout the years, he has been able through their program to provide for many special gifts to him, but the one that is most dear to his heart at this time, he cannot provide alone. That is to build him a home! Hence the name of the page: Gerardo's House! And in his country, it could be done for so little! Since he works for a non-profit as well, he is looking for help to do this, from the smallest to the most generous of donations.
Gerardo lives with his mother and younger half-brother in the gorgeous countryside of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and as pretty as Honduras is, it is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Right now, his mother is renting a tiny multi-purpose room in a rural area where farm animals run freely on the dusty, bumpy roads. Their home is simple and clean; they are very proud people, and happy and healthy, thank goodness! While Gerardo and his younger brother go to school, their mother is a domestic employee, and makes very little. The amount she pays for rent is just short of 30% of her wages. This fact blew us away! Since Gerardo is in the program until he 'ages out' at 19, I would like to build them a home that they could call their own soon so they could better spend their money on other things, and enjoy a nicer quality of life. (And possibly breathe a sigh of relief and sleep well at night!) Maybe if his mother were not spending this percentage of her earnings on rent, they could buy a refrigerator or an actual stove instead of the tabletop gas burner she prepares their meals on. On the website is a photo of him and his mother leaving their home on that beautiful day! This is a cause we all should be MOST passionate about!
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my friends fundraiser efforts at this time.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Help my friend Kevin G and Teachable Moments build a home for Gerardo! Please and Thank you.
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