Arturo - Arturo’s early life in Monte Blanco, near Cordoba in Mexico was very hard. With no money for food, the family was always hungry and from the age of seven, Arturo was expected to work every day in the fields harvesting coffee and sugar to earn a few pesos to support the family.
In 2005 when he was 12, the Sisters of Mary heard of his difficulties and were able to offer him a place at the school for boys in Guadalajara. At school he was well cared for, properly fed and finally had access to education and healthcare. He was a keen student of English and he taught himself French in his spare time. He also thrived on more practical subjects like bookkeeping, geography and biology.
He graduated from school in 2011. He is now fully qualified as an accountant and after working for IBM has progressed to a role as auditor for Technicolour Film services. He is based in Mexico but travels extensively through Europe on behalf of the company and in October 2018 the charity were thrilled to catch up with him when he visited us whilst on business in London.
Arturo is now the sole support for his mother, father, and other members of his family, providing funds for food and healthcare and lifting them out of their lives of poverty. His family rely on him completely.
"Before, due to the poverty of my family it seemed as an unattainable dream to be able to keep on studying after elementary school, until the Sisters Of Mary came to the town to change my life...I shall never have enough words to thank the people who make possible the mission of the Sisters of Mary, as I am the living proof of how their donation can transform lives" - Arturo
Arturo picking coffee in the fields before he came to us
Arturo (Right) recieving his University degree
Eva was the youngest in a family of eight children living in the slums of Honduras.
Her father was a construction worker but work was unreliable and the family struggled to survive. Living in poverty, begging and scavenging on the rubbish dumps, life was harsh for them all. Instead of attending school the children were working long hours in danger to support themselves.
In 2013, the Sisters of Mary met Eva and, with the generosity of our donors, they were able to provide a place for her at school in Tegucigalpa in January 2014. Eva studied hard at school and in the care of the Sisters she excelled in her subjects. In June 2018, she was awarded the Gold Award for Academic Excellence by President Juan Orlando Hernández, an award for only 12 students in Honduras each year. In July 2018 she represented the school in the regional Maths Olympiad. She went on to win this and then the National Math and Physics Olympiad. Later in 2018 she represented Honduras at the Ibero-American Physics Competition held in Porto Rico.
When Eva first started school she wanted to become a teacher. Now aged 18 and with her new skills in Maths and Science she wants to help her family and ‘bring food for all the poor people in Honduras’ and she has won a full scholarship to Zamorano Agricultural University in Honduras, centre of excellence for agricultural studies in Latin America. She is a shining light at the University and destined for a future professional career that will be ‘of benefit to the most needy communities.’
Eva while she was still at school
In the Philippines Irenea was the eldest of eight children. Her parents had a very basic education, there was little paid work to be found and the family were living a difficult existence, undernourished and vulnerable in the slums of Batangyas in 1990 when the Sisters met them.
With the kindness of our donors, the Sisters were able to provide a place for Irenea at their girls school near Cavite. With proper nourishment and access to healthcare and education Irenea thrived. She graduated from school into work, pursued a business degree and has now grown into a confident and accomplished young woman. She is talented at languages and works as an executive at the Brazilian Embassy in Cavite.
She has supported all her brothers and sisters through college and into work and continues to support her mother and father on a daily basis. She has lifted her entire
family out of poverty.
“I’m so grateful for all that I’ve learned in this school. May many many more poor children and their families be helped by World Villages for Children and the Sisters of Mary.” - Irenea
Irenea at work in the Brazilian Embassy in The Philippines