Meet Diego

 

Diego looks like your typical young boy.

Diego is 11 years old and he needs your help!

You’d never know that he recently fled a dangerous political uprising that threatened his life.

Now his family struggles to put food on the table for Diego and his two small brothers.

I had the opportunity to meet Diego on a recent trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and life is really hard for them! 

Diego hopes you will help. Will you, please?

Diego left behind his indigenous and rural roots, trading them for a safer, but deserted place outside of Oaxaca City in the El Paraiso community.  Paraiso means “paradise” in English. Because it lines the city dump, rent is inexpensive and the poorest comb the dump for their livelihood.

This is Diego’s new home.

Even here, they are among the poorest! The family is often left without money for essentials like food even with their dad’s paycheck and mom’s faithful efforts combing the dump for recyclables. As a result, the boys don’t eat much:  coffee and bread in the morning, and on good days, the money stretches for dinner.

They need your help!

Diego’s dad is determined to build his family a home in El Paraiso. This would replace their makeshift home constructed of recycled materials. Could such a thing even be possible for Diego and his family?

Diego and his brothers at their job site

The school year had already begun, so Diego’s dad had his sons work alongside him at his new job as an abañil assistant (concrete block homebuilder). He didn’t have the money for school uniforms, supplies, or lunches anyway. Diego feared this was the  end of his schooling.

Then, one day at work they met a kind man named Bonifacio who works with the local schools.  He encouraged them to consider attending. After some convincing, Diego’s dad hesitantly enrolled his boys at Primaria Porfirio Diaz, a school you’ve been supporting for the past few years!

Every day Diego struggles to stay awake in class. It doesn’t help that he has no desk or chair to sit in unless another student is absent. Diego knows that an education will change his life forever.

His grumbly stomach is a constant reminder of this as he helps his father make concrete posts after school. As he works, Diego wonders if there will be dinner tonight. With your help, Diego can feel secure and hopeful again.

The Oaxaca Kids Can breakfast program at Diego’s school

The school’s Oaxaca Kids Can breakfast program is what keeps Diego going day after day, but unfortunately the teachers can’t keep up with the demand. Primaria Porfirio Diaz has been flooded with many others like Diego in search of a safe and secure life. That’s why Diego desperately needs your help today.

Your gift of $30 will provide Diego with the healthy breakfast and support he needs to pursue his education for an entire month!  This same support will be extended to nearly 140 of Diego’s classmates at Primaria Porfirio Diaz for an entire year with $50,000 raised by December 31st!

Despite numerous setbacks, Diego remains optimistic and gives his best effort even when it feels impossible. Your gift of $30 will give Diego the help he needs for  one month. Hunger and discouragement return. You can multiply your impact by supporting Diego and his fellow students.

This is your personal invitation to be part of Diego’s transformation story. It’s not  too late. How will you take part?

 

For the Kids,

John Kerr

Founder & Friend of the Kids

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