Leslie Johnson via Crowdrise
December 04, 2012
Dear Family and Friends,
It is that time of year again when I reflect on my year with the children at El Faro and ask for your help and support.
Have trouble believing these amazing children have already been a part of my life for eight years. They remind me as the "babies" are now in school learning to read, use computers, and speak English; the elementary school aged children are now teens and all that brings; and a few of the children that were young teenagers when I met them are now fortunately attending Universities.
El Faro, the orphanage, physically has grown much over the past eight years as well. While still so far from perfect, the progress is indeed notable (new visitors comment on what good shape it is in and it makes me smile remembering where we started from). Yet I still dream of the day we can move the children to a more stable location, El Faro has grown so much with your help over the years.
I thank you all for your support financially, with both monetary donations and supplies, and also with the constant loving kind words you all have expressed to me on behalf of the children (let me tell you when I get tired ...I hear all your voices and it keeps me motivated).
Like many charities, Corazon De Vida, has felt the strain of the recession with the lessening of donations. So, this year Project Casa De Vida (www.projectcasadevida.org) has decided to make a firm commitment towards some monthly expenses while continuing to look for some bigger solutions towards the eventual relocation of the children.
The following expenses will be covered by your donations:
Food - PCDV $375 (of $1,355)
Propane (average) 100
Utilities-electricity (average) 200
Total monthly expenditures for El Faro $2,415
Please know that as always I am grateful for your generosity. Donations can be made here or by check to my home (PCDV c/o Leslie Johnson, 3991 Hemway Court, Simi Valley, CA 93063).
Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy and safe holiday season.
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