Well, in ancient times the Mexican people honored their ancestors to respect and remember them. Similar to many cultures, their deeply held belief in a spiritual realm was that the "other realm" helped influence daily lives. The love and guidance of loved ones was welcome and especially highlighted once a year during DoD festivities...which are not usually somber and involve lively music with great food! Celebrated over two days, November 1 & 2, residents construct altars in their homes to help them honor the spirits of their loved ones. They are adorned with foods, candles, personal items and photos of their loved ones. This, and a trail of marigold petals from the road welcomes them home.
While our young students endure much hardship, which is hard to imagine in a modern world, they stand on the shoulders of their strong ancestors. These students know they are loved and guided. While hampered by the Spanish conquest, whose effects continues today, they strive to move ahead out of poverty and into self-empowerment. Casa de Kids helps them to achieve this!
Thanks to hundreds of caring people, Drew's work that began in Oaxaca in 2008 continues to expand. Since CdK's work began in 2015, CdK has made possible:
- 7 graduates from high school, college and university
- 25 students currently enrolled in high school, college and university
- Personal care - food, rent, school needs, and healthcare
Your gift today enables a student to achieve education and self-reliance.
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Thank you. Sincerely,
Drew, Pamela, Loren & Jim