Beautiful Lucy

This is the fourth in a series of blogs from our Founder, John Kerr, reflecting on his recent trip to Oaxaca.

The user name for Noemi’s mom’s email is Bella Lucy, which translates to Beautiful Lucy, and that is the truth as far as I can see.  She is one of the three moms that serve the nutritious meal at the Símbolos Patrios Elementary School to the approximately 140 students who now attend. Although it pays very little by our standards, it is an attractive job to the moms who live by the landfill and Boni wisely rotates it among the responsible ones—those he knows he can count on to show up everyday—and this is Beautiful Lucy’s year.

As many of you know, before we started the “Oaxaca Kids Can” breakfast program, we had a study done and we discovered that about 78 kids attended the Símbolos Patrios School daily. 80% of those kids arrived at school having eaten nothing at all or only tortilla and coffee!!! Poor kids have hunger issues and frequently just do not attend school for a number of reasons.

So 20% of the 78 kids arrived at school prepared nutritionally to concentrate all day…and mathematical genus that I am…that comes out to just about 15 students prepared and ready to go…GOT IT!!!!  15 students of 78 are nutritionally prepared to concentrate for a full school day (the numbers are approximate of course).

OK…NOW…AFTER OUR OAXACA KIDS CAN BREAKFAST PROGRAM…THE ATTENDANCE HAS GONE UP TO NEARLY 140 EVERY DANG DAY AND 100% ARE GETTING THE NUTRITIOUS OKC BREAKFAST…100% ARE PREPARED AND READY TO GO…100% OF 140 IS 140!!!  AND THAT IS VS. 15 OR 16 STUDENTS BEFORE…140 NOW!!!  FROM THIS ONE SCHOOL APPROXIMATELY 125 MORE KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL EACH DAY THAT ARE PREPARED TO CONCENTRATE AND BE GOOD STUDENTS.  THIS IS GOING TO HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY!

And, we have started our beautiful COMPUTER LAB AT THIS SCHOOL…IT IS COMPLETE AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL. AND THESE 140 PRIMARY SCHOOL KIDS WHO LIVE AND GO TO SCHOOL RIGHT ACROSS FROM A HUGE…HUGE GARBAGE DUMP…are also going to reap the benefits of technology like OUR kids do here!

Please join us in what is already becoming the most exciting venture in the history of Friends of Pimpollo!  We need your help as our generous donors are the central part of the success of this program…without you, of course, we can’t do much and they can’t do much…and we have 13 more schools yet to go as there are 14 schools total in the greater Vicente Guerrero area that surrounds the Oaxaca Municipal garbage dump.  With time and your help we can do something that is going to be incredible for some wonderful, deserving kids and families!!!

Call me (503) 881-0931, email me at juankerr@me.com and/or find me on Facebook if you want more info.  Or you can contact the FOP Office at info@friendsofpimpollo.org.

Oh, about beautiful Lucy.  I apologize for getting carried away…and all the CAPITAL LETTERS and !!!!!!!’s.  Lucy is a great story but this is enough for today.

Gracias!

John/Juan

Stay tuned for these upcoming blogs: “Beautiful Lucy Continued…Part 2” and “Juan Will You Accept This Rose? … Part One”

“Alone I can’t do anything…together we can do something beautiful for God.”    Mother Teresa