With thanksgiving just behind us, we’d like to take this opportunity to let you all know how thankful we are for your support and to let you know that our Costa Rican Orphanage Project is about to take off and fly! So many of you are about to make a real difference in the lives of some very special children who are waiting to be adopted and loved. With so much generous support, we partnered with our not-for-profit adoption agency, Gladney Center for Adoption, and collaborated with one of the largest orphanages in Costa Rica to help them create a sustainable effort to care for the children. Check it out:
La Pandería y Más! (The Bakery and More!)
Seventy children, mostly girls, are living in humble conditions at the Hogar Cristiano (“Hogarcito”), a children‘s orphanage in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Like most orphanages, the Hoagarcito depends upon the goodwill of others to help provide for the children. La Panderia y Más is a project to build a bakery and more to help the Hogar’s caretakers provide for the children. $10,000 was raised for this effort.
Bread, Eggs and Meat
Project Pandería y Más creates a sustainable effort to help the Hogar’s caretakers feed the children. Through the purchase of an industrial oven, uniforms and its equipment, the project will assemble a bread-baking bakery, Pandería Hogar Cristiano. The Bakery will help feed the children, earn extra money for the Hogarcito and train the older children who may never be adopted in new, marketable skills – planning, baking and selling the bread. The project will also purchase 40 hens for the children to help raise and the Hogarcito to use for meat and eggs.
Color My World
Fifteen Costa Rican and North American volunteers, at their own expense, will come together for one weekend in February 2013 to paint the “casitas”, or little houses, where the children live. Volunteer artists will also work with the children to create two murals on exterior walls, while others engage the children in play activities for the weekend. The project will also help support the local economy by hiring nine local laborers to fix, patch and prepare the walls for painting.
Clothes, Treats, Sheets, Toys
Needed items from across the U.S. are being donated by individuals and corporations. A Costa Rican Brownie Troop of ten girls has “adopted” the project and will put together personalized care packages for each child. If you'd like to donate any gently used or new items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org!