Recently, a group of Cultural Care local childcare consultants and staff from around the world visited the children of Huizichera, Mexico on a service trip. We brought with us school and art supplies, musical instruments, toys and puzzles, and lots of good wishes from our friends and family back home. We played with the children, did arts and crafts projects, read stories and taught each other English and Spanish words. We laughed and we sang and we hugged. We built them a peace garden, with plants and flowers and a meandering path and a bench to sit on. The kids painted rocks and decorated their new peace garden with pride. The garden was now the most beautiful place in their lives, a stark contrast to the impoverished, violent neighborhood they live in.
We learned while we were there that the biggest item on their "wish list" is a new soccer field. The one they play on now is mostly dirt and covered in glass and debris. Every one of the 1500 children in the community has access to the soccer field and playing soccer is often the only exercise they get all week. In addition to the physical benefits of playing, soccer provides these children with self confidence, camaraderie, sportsmanship, an outlet for stress and a way to get off the streets.
We would LOVE to give these children a new soccer field and will be raising money for Giving Tuesday with a goal to collect $5000 which will then be matched by Cultural Care Au Pair, so we can invest $10,000 in making the lives of the children of Huizichera, our new friends, a little brighter.