Healing Oils - El Salvador Children

$1,925 of $1,600 goal

Raised by 44 people in 12 months
El Salvador is a beautiful country of verdant hills and volcanoes in Central America. It has a long history of violence and poverty, affecting thousands of people and causing unimaginable suffering.

My friend, Juan, a professor at Santa Clara University, California, and his colleague, Annie Boyd Ramirez, started Programa Velasco 10 years ago after visiting San Ramon and seeing the need for early childhood education.
Programa Velasco fills this need and provides  family support.

I have recently had the great privledge and joy of finally meeting the two children I have sponsored over the past 7 years - first Ashlee (9) and now her little sister, Danae Nicole (4) - and their grandmother, Noemi (photo below).

Both children have benefited from Programa Velasco, where they learn life  and social skills and receive a good education, good nutrition - and love.

Sanitary conditons fluctuate in this impoverished area and the children are at risk of disease and illness, as ocurred three years ago whan many of the children became sick after garbage collection ceased.

My intention is to send these children essential oils that are known to enhance the immune system - to keep them healthy and to help them to heal when they are ill from infectious conditions. 

Programa Velasco also provides micro loans to women entrepreneurs in the Women's Empowerment Program. While at the school I shared Self Care Practices and essential oils with these spirited and courageous women., as well as giving individual healing sessions for Post Trauma Healing 

This is my heart's desire for this campaign  is to raise funds for these healing oils, mainly one named OnGuard, known to combat and heal bacteria, fungus and virual conditions.

doTERRA oils company will match any funds generated from you, my generous friends and family.

Thankyou for whatever you are able and willing to do for the children and women of Programa Velasco , San Ramon, El Salvador, Central America.
In Deep Gratitude,
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Thanksgiving .... What a perfect day to express my heartfelt gratitude to you, my generous and benevolent friends.
In just a little more than two weeks we have, together, generated $1,650.00 - stunning and such a tribute to what can happen when good people transform their concern and care into something tangible .
Your gift will benefit the children and community of Programa Velasco and the Hogar Centro School, San Ramon, El Salvador. They will feel your heart energy and be sustained by it.
May all blessings be yours now and always.
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This is so amazing ... I never dreamed I would be so close to reaching my goal of $1,600!
Just $180.00 more and I will be there.
I am so thrilled. I am in awe. And I am in deep gratitude to you all for your generous hearts in supporting this campaign to benefit the children and Community of Hogar Centro School, San Ramon, El Salvador.
with Loving Gratitude, Bonnie
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Dear Friends and Family,
Here is the Programa Velasco newsletter - hot off the press:

We are so appreciative and joyful to have hosted, Bonnie Berg, one of Programa Velasco´s faithful child sponsors for a full week!

One of Bonnie´s goals for her visit was to spend time with her sponsored child Danae and her family - her grandmother Noemi, and Danae´s sister, Ashlee, who Bonnie sponsored a
few years ago when she was in preschool. After many years of facilitating email updates and letters, it was very exciting and meaningful for us to introduce them to one another!
During Bonnie´s visit she also shared her knowledge about energy work, self care, and post-traumatic healing. Bonnie is a Certified Holistic Registered Nurse and Advanced BodyTalk Practitioner. She facilitated different group activities and workshops with our women entrepreneurs, educators, staff and children. Bonnie taught techniques on how manage stress, how to restore our energy, and how to deal with various difficulties in our lives. Bonnie also offered individual sessions which participants highly regarded and appreciated.

bonnie3.jpegShe also facilitated activities with children at the Center where she taught them techniques to express their emotions and restore their energy. The kids loved participating in Bonnie´s activities .
We are extremely grateful to Bonnie for her willingness to visit us and share her knowledge and skills about self care and energy work. She has created many positive ripple effects now and in the future. We are very excited about everything we learned with her during the week and we look forward to incorporating it into our programming efforts. Bonnie also recorded a video of her demonstrating her energy practices.

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Today I introduce Annie Boyd Ramirez.

Annie co-founded Programa Velasco with Juan Velasco. She serves as the Executive Director and currently lives in El Salvador. She first came to El Salvador as a college student in 2005 with the Casa de la Solidaridad Program administered through Santa Clara University. She spent two days a week at the pre-school where she served as a teacher´s assistant. She feel in love with the people of El Salvador and their warmth and generosity.

After graduating, Annie returned to El Salvador with the Casa program and served as a volunteer social worker at the pre-school. One of her responsibilities was to figure out how to maintain a financial balance between what the pre-school needed to operate and what families living in poverty could actually afford. Juan was teaching for Casa Program at the time and served as a mentor for Annie. Together they discussed possible solutions and they came up with asking their friends and family to sponsor a child´s pre-school education. At that point, Programa Velasco was born!

Over the years, Annie and Juan, their staff and board members have built a strong organization that helps to ensure access to high quality early childhood education, family support services, and economic empowerment to women entrepreneurs. They are also able to do this important work through their partnership with the new Dawn Association of El Salvador. Programa Velasco operates out of their facilities and co-implements projects with their staff.
Annie Boyd - with Noemi, Ashlee & Danae
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$1,925 of $1,600 goal

Raised by 44 people in 12 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Programa Velasco
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