At the beginning of last year, Sergio, a father of one of the students at Escuela Integrada, handed his sons teacher a bag of school supplies saying that it was for Maria. Maria’s family simply could not afford the small amount of additional school supplies that families are supposed to provide for their children. Instead of putting the burden back on the school, Sergio took it upon himself to purchase the supplies.
Love is kind.
The children of Escuela Integrada come from a range of impoverished households. There are some that live in tiny rooms no bigger than a closet, with dirt floors, corrugated metal roofs and walls made up of cardboard and plywood. Some have cement structures that hold up well against rain and others have no running water or electricity. Some are able to provide enough food for their families and others barely get by with less than a few dollars a day to feed multiple children.
The average income for the families at Escuela Integrada is $271.58 and we believe this to be even less since some families are unaware of how much they make. Regardless, this amount is extremely difficult to live off of. This information is to give you a small idea of the situations that our families come from, and to show that financial limitations do not limit human kindness.
At the end of last year, Sergio being only 36 years old, suddenly passed away leaving behind his wife and two children. At his funeral gathered many of his sons’ classmates, parents of children at Escuela Integrada and every single staff member. They sat through the ceremony, walked a few miles with his body to the cemetery and stayed hours at the graveside with his grieving family.
Love is kind.
This year, we will honor Sergio’s life by dedicating our Valentine’s Day cards in his memory. His life, as well as all of those at Escuela Integrada, serve as a great example of God-given human kindness. We provided away for you to donate $20 and send a note to a child or staff member. Thank you in advance for your partnership and dedication. Together- ranging across countries, languages and economic differences- we can be kind to one another and be the examples of God’s unconditional love.
Hannah Nadeau Girón
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7