one little child
in My Name
Spirit Life Bible,
King James version
This is a true story about
FAITH, HOPE and LOVE.
is about Manzanillo's children who are innocent victims. Innocent,
because they are only children. Victims, because they are being
abused, live in poverty or are homeless, need food, an education.
They need to be rescued.
solution lies within each and every one of us, whether we live here,
or just come for a vacation.
Bobbie and Connie Berry,
representing the United Methodist Church of Arlington, Iowa visit
the orphanage bringing a cash donation and used clothing. Bobbie
gets a hug from Gabriel, age 3.
course, there are millions of children throughout the world in this
same situation. Here in Manzanillo, we have several organizations
specifically formed to meet these needs, and www.gomanzanillo.com
will feature each one of the funds as the months go by.
during those months, visitors to our beautiful city of Manzanillo
will remember to bring or do something for our precious children.
The foundation, "Casa Hogar Los Angelitos," was
established in 1996, by Nancy Nystrom, after a personal
tragedy--the loss of her young son, Freddy.
read Nancy's story, click
and Nancy Nystrom, with their son Robert.
Lupita Carbajal and Eva, a
with Damaris, Pilar and Benjamin.
referred to as the Los Angelitos orphanage, it provides for
the needs of the homeless and forgotten children of
But there's a lot more to Los
Angelitos than just
food, education and shelter. There's...
FAITH and LOVE.
evidenced by the abundant hugs, kisses and smiles passed out
like sweet candy among the volunteers, house mothers, and
social workers, the kids receive true loving care in a safe
atmosphere that builds self esteem, and sets guidelines for
strong spiritual and moral foundations. At left, Jenny
Kimball, from Vancouver, Canada, helps with the children
is not always easy to bring beauty, harmony, laughter and security
into a world stemming from abuse and neglect. It is not easy to
change young lives, get children off the streets and into a safe
shelter, help them see that without an education, they will never be
able to become positive, productive and self-fulfilled members of
It's not easy, but it can be done.
Hogar (a term in Spanish for a foster home) Los Angelitos' is out to
set and raise the standards of orphan child care throughout Mexico,
and they plan to do it with faith, hope and love.
At left, Rosa and
Sunny (the author's poodle), become friends.
its inception, Casa Hogar has been granted miracles and setbacks.
Successful fundraisers were held. Land was purchased for an
orphanage. Another tract of adjoining land was donated. A local
architect drew up plans for the orphanage.
Funds were being raised
for the building materials. People were going to donate their time when the
land became ready to build upon.
Then the government decided it was
going to put a drainage ditch through both properties, and other
properties adjoining the site. They purchased the land from Los
Angelitos, installed the drainage ditch, but Los Angelitos is still
waiting to be paid by the government for the land.
property owners have been paid... Los Angelitos' is still waiting. It's been
Meanwhile, another piece of
donated, but it has a big
hole that cannot be filled, and is unusable.
several years ago, the "little angels" prayers were answered,
and the foundation was able to purchase a new "Casa." Of
course, it isn't really new, and there's still work to be done to
remodel it, but the 30+ children have a safe and secure home, with
plenty of room to play, do their homework, watch TV, have 3 meals a
day--all the things every child should have.
On a recent picnic at the El
Salto waterfalls, Manzanillo resident and volunteer Ginny Ruiz plays "War" with
the youngest girls, Selene and Bertha.
Ginny and husband Ruben
prepare picnic lunches for the children and volunteers.
Josť, age 9, clowns around in
the children's pool, at El Salto National Park.
After the picnic and pool play, house mother
Alejandra helps the girls with their hair. Annay (pictured) wants to
be pretty for the final group photo.
more photos of the children at Los Angelitos', click
2-story home is clean and cool, and well-managed by three sets of wonderful
houseparents. The downstairs has the
kitchen, and dining/living area, and the boys rooms.
Upstairs, there are bedrooms, where each girl has her own bed and space
to keep personal effects and hang clothes.
Casa Hogar Los Angelitos also had a "Soup Kitchen" which
served free lunches to any child in the neighborhood who was hungry,
whether or not they were in the foster care program. It has been closed
down due to lack of funding and volunteers. They are struggling to get
the funding to open
One of the biggest miracles and tragedies of Los
Angelitos' was the
campaign to help one girl, Yanira, who had leukemia. She was with Los
Angelitos' for almost 5 years, but unfortunately, they lost her at age
16, before she could get a desperately-needed bone marrow transplant.
Lupita Carbajal, administrator, cries when she relates the story of
fund-raisers were held in Manzanillo and Colorado to help Los Angelitos'
put together the money for the testing and studies that have to be done
in order to do a transplant. The father was located, and he
volunteered to be the donor.
money for the transplant was raised and was given to the hospital in Mexico City a
year-and-a-half in advance. As Yanira had numerous setbacks and and
equal number of remissions, Nancy and the others at Los Angelitos' fought with the
doctors who were in charge of Yanira's case. The physicians said it was
too soon; she was too weak. They stalled--they wanted to be 100% certain
the transplant would succeed.
and on the list of excuses went, and through it all, Yanira remained
cheerful and hopeful. Sadly, time ran out, and she died several months
ago. For some at Los Angelitos', it is too soon to talk about it without
tears, but everyone who knew Yanira will never forget the courage of
this one young girl who never had a chance to live a full life.
it is too late to help Yanira, you can help make life better for many
others. Yanira, the newest little angel, is serving as an inspiration to the
people involved with Los Angelitos'.
additional information regarding the Casa Hogar Los Angelitos children's
home and The Children's Foundation go to their web site at www.childrensfoundationinc.com
P.O. Box 1031
Niwot, Colorado 80544-1031
U.S. Tax I.D. # 84-1329480
Call Toll Free: 1-888-934-FRED (1-888-934-3733)
Colorado fax number (970)
Nancy Nystrom can be
contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by writing to Nancy at P.O.
Box 1689, Loveland, Colorado 80539
Phone number of administration in Manzanillo:
Lupita Carbajal, administrator: (from the U.S., add: 011-52-314-333-1009
(If calling locally from Manzanillo, call Lupita at
Author's Note: As a resident and
businesswoman in Manzanillo for more than 17 years, I believe it is
important to invest in the future of the community you've chosen for your
permanent home. Investing in the children is one of the best choices you
can make--children are our future. I hope
that this article will encourage a feeling of camaraderie between the
business owners and others who love Manzanillo. If we all unite, instead
of fight, Manzanillo will indeed be paradise.
Contact: Susan Dearing, phone 333-0642, cellular
044-314-358-5042. When in town, you can drop off used
clothing, toys, or other items at the Underworld Scuba - Scuba Shack PADI
Dive Center, Km. 15 on the main blvd., across from El Gran Mueble &
the Santiago cemetery. For
other questions and comments, e-mail: email@example.com