After an epic excursion through the massive market in Oaxaca, we were ready to get back to business. We were so excited to see that we were gaining more supporters every single day, allowing us to give to more children. While exploring Mexico we noticed the poverty that existed around us around the outskirts of the tourist areas and were of course compelled to give what we could to the kids living in it. Our contribution, this trip, was to simply give kids living in these conditions the tools to create and learn anything they were interested in.
Quinn & I grabbed our backpacks filled with school supplies and purchased more at the local liberias (bookstores) and then hit the streets in search for children in the areas that could use some school supplies.
Many of the children that we met were unable to attend school because they had to assist with providing for their family. This has become something that we have consistently seen throughout Central America but is something that we can never seem to get use to. Education here is a privilege, but our goal is to make it accessible to anyone who wants it–even if they can’t attend school.
We explained in Spanish to the children that the school supplies could be used as tools to develop their passions and do anything that they want: art, poems, writing, anything. The world is their oyster and we feel the first step in understanding this is for them to develop it and discover the potential they have.
This was of course the first step for both Quinn and I when we were kids–we were fortunate enough to have many people around us when we were very young who engrained this in our heads. We are still exploring our potential in our 20’s and will continue to do it throughout our lives. However, we couldn’t do a lot of this without our tools (notebooks, pens, journals), so we want to give children these tools that have helped progress us so much from our beginnings.
We gave to many sweet kids throughout the streets of the city that day. The parents were happy and the kids loved it. When the parents thank us, it means so much to us. They too know how important it is that their kids see their potential through education, even if they can’t afford to put them through school at that point in their lives. We love doing this. It is what we live for and we couldn’t do this without your support. Thank you all.
To see all of the kids we gave to in Oaxaca, Mexico and all of the other kids throughout Central America we have given to so far, check out our LOOTB Gives site.