Do it for the kids
Erin Wright and Johnny Romano | Thursday, October 13, 2011
As co-Presidents of the Friends of the Orphans at ND/SMC student organization, we are writing to you with a challenge.
First, a little background: Friends of the Orphans at Notre Dame (FOTO) was founded in 2009 to support the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) orphanages, which strive to provide a permanent home for orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America. FOTO focuses mainly on the Honduras home and its affiliated Holy Family Surgery Center, founded by ND/SMC alums, Dr. Peter Daly and LuLu Daly, R.N. During the year, FOTO works to support NPH through fundraising and awareness efforts. In addition, we also sponsor two non-medical trips and one medical trip, the Global Health Seminar, each year to the NPH Honduras Ranch and Surgery Center.
Through our work with FOTO and our time at the homes, we can both personally attest that the children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos have truly changed our lives for the better. Their joy and love for life, despite the seemingly insurmountable hardships that they have faced, is truly amazing.
This week, we would like to extend the wonderful opportunity of meeting and supporting the children of NPH to the Notre Dame community. On Thursday, Oct. 13, a group of pequeños from the NPH Mexico home will be traveling to campus as part of a special visit to the United States.
We will be celebrating Mass at 5 p.m. in the Dillon Hall Chapel, followed by a fiesta benefit at 6:30 p.m. in the LaFortune Ballroom. The fiesta will feature a Mexican dinner, desserts by the Notre Dame Culinary Appreciation & Outreach Society, a performance of traditional Mexican song and dance by the children, a visit from the Undertones and more! Tickets will be available for sale at the door tonight for a donation of $10.
So, please accept our challenge of welcoming NPH into your lives. DO IT FOR THE KIDS!
Paz y bien,