Suzanne Meyer is from Chicago, Illinois and has been a Padrino since March 2015. Her inspiration to sponsor a child came from a coworker who is actively involved in our Padrino Program.
“Well my employer is very involved in the program and I did it honestly, initially, without giving it too much thought. There was a presentation and it sounded great…and there were some pictures. But I’ll tell you, I supported that from afar, but coming here and seeing the wonderful children and seeing how engaged they are and seeing the passion of the volunteers. I mean that really showed me that I made the right decision to get involved in this program.”
This June, Susanne and her husband made a visit to our school in Ciudad Vieja to visit Carla Lorena in 3rd grade.
“Well, today was my first day to meet my little Karla and honestly words can’t describe this sweet little girl who is very shy and really just…we just connected and just snuggled our whole time together and it was just wonderful.”
The Padrino visits are an hour long and the students can choose what they want to do during that time. Many of students are excited to learn about their Padrino’s lives back home, for Susanne her student found comfort in simply sitting quietly next to her.
“Just sitting there with her and again a very shy girl and getting a little smile out of her and, I spoke a tiny bit of spanish with her so we had some interchanges and it was wonderful.”
Spending time with your ahijada/o builds a friendships and memorable experiences that truly demonstrate to the student the commitment the sponsors have in supporting the education and development of their ahijada.
“Knowing the children that are so engaged and, so happy to be here. Just to see their excitement, their enthusiasm. We take so much for granted and sometimes it’s like what’s next, what’s the next big thing we can do. And these children, are just so, it takes so little to make such a big impact for them.”
The Padrino Program currently has 340 sponsored students, our goal is to have all students sponsored by 2017. For our current Padrinos, keeping contact through letters and the occasional visit makes the sponsorship program something they continue to actively participate in.
“My experiences here make me want to continue to support Carla. Again, from afar you can see it’s a good thing but coming here and just really seeing live the impact of you guys and the children and how it all works together, the passion of everybody. I support that. Good job you guys!”
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