Barbara's Special Hug/Halloween/Thanksgiving DP #3

One last photo ... my favorite, Paola with her fuzzy turkey!

Barbara's Special Hug/Halloween/Thanksgiving DP #2

And, better still, the photos from the DP!

Barbara's Special Hug/Halloween/Thanksgiving DP

Here are the letter, gift list, and comments from Barbara's DP:

Jennifer's Senior Project!

Hola, fellow group members! I'd like to introduce you to Jennifer Swisher, the daughter of my mom's work colleague. Jennifer is a high school student and animal lover. She belongs to a dance team that travels all over the country for competitions. Jennifer also enjoys working with children, and is loving her summer job as a day camp counselor.

I've recruited Jennifer to Paola's sponsor group for a very special reason. Look below the photos for her self-introduction ...

"Hello! My name is Jennifer Swisher and I will be a senior at Eastlake High School this upcoming year. To graduate from high school, it is required to complete a senior project. A senior project has to teach you something new and must take up 60+ hours of your time. I had a general idea that I wanted to help someone or do community service of some kind for my project.

I was approached with the idea of fundraising for the Children International program. I was told the story about Paola in Mexico, and the terrible poverty of her living situation, and I instantly became interested!

I plan to collect money and have various fundraisers to help Paola. A memo has been sent to the Children International office in Jalisco, Mexico, to inquire about the family's greatest needs. Paola will be starting school as soon as she obtains a copy of her birth certificate, so I am hoping to create a study/kitchen area for her family, because they currently live with four people in just one small room. I will update this fundraising page when I learn the total cost of a table, chairs, bookcase, refrigerator, and whatever else Paola's family needs the most.

Next winter, I plan to go down to Paola’s home in Guadalajara, Mexico to see the items purchased through this fundraiser and to bring her family clothes, toys, and food. I will also take Paola to the zoo, and have a fun day with her!"

Although we haven't received specific SNG information from CI yet, Jennifer has created a preliminary fundraising page on First Giving:

Meet Our Newest Member - Mani!

Hello everyone,

My name is Mani. I was born and brought up in India. Currently I am in US (seattle) for some work assignment. I work in the IT industry. All my family live in India. I believe I will go back soon in a coupla years too :). I love solving sudoku puzzles and watching cartoons/wrestling/soccer.

This is my first group sponsorship and needless to say, I am excited. I have been a sponsor only for 4 months. Paola will be my 7th kid. I am so happy to have found CI. It came to me during a very difficult time and I am so happy that it gave me the much needed inner peace. All the kids I see on and liftone melt my heart easily... :)

My other sponsor kids are

1. Suman

2. Yulissa

3. Sunandita (Out of the program as she shifted to another area)

4. Kulsum (Actually, she is sponsored for my friend)

5. Nicole

6. Joan (Supposed to be a co-sponsorship, I am still figuring out how that works )

7. And now Paola

As I have already told Mack, I read all the posts here and I am so happy to see your journey and the transformation you have brought into their lives. Reading thru all the posts were like living thru it.

When I am doing nothing at all, I also blog - This blog is exclusively for children I sponsor - This is for everything else :D

Paola's DP from Mack, Part 2

The additional comments say:

"When the field officer read to Paola what the sponsor's album says, Paola got very emotional. She really liked everything she received."

Paola's DP from Mack, Part 1

I sent Paola a direct package that contained the following:

1 Backpack

2 Long-sleeve shirts

3 pairs of pajamas (1 set for each girl)

2 Stuffed hippos

1 Necklace with candy inside

3 Activity learning books (Spanish)

1 Set of Dora the Explorer flash cards (Addition)

2 Disney princess pens

2 photo books (see previous post)


Here are the photos of Paola and her family with the grocery items that were obtained with the money left over after the bunk bed purchase.

I'm glad to see that the girls got a few sweet treats along with all of the healthy stuff! There's nothing wrong with a little bit of junk food in moderation.

Paola's Bedroom Makeover!!!!

Thanks to the generosity of this group, Paola and her sisters have their new bunk beds!!!!

I like the pretty purple sheets - a nice choice for brightening up a dark room.

In the second picture, we can see that the new beds have been placed next to the old one. I wonder if this is temporary, or if they intend to keep the old one around for Rosa (and probably Maria) to continue to sleep on. The letter states that Paola will "share the bed with her sister, Tomasa", which implies that each girl will have a bunk. I see this arrangement as being unlikely, as it's not customary for all members of a family to sleep in their own beds (I doubt Paola would want to sleep alone!). I think it's more likely that Paola and Tomasa will sleep in one bunk, while Rosa and Maria take the other. They might be planning to remove the older bed to create more space in the room, or keep it around either as a back-up or as a table (in the next set of photos, the groceries and other purchases have been piled up for display on the old bed).

Birthday Gifts 2011

It's hard to predict what will happen when you send a D.P. to your sponsored child. This birthday box from Bernie and Barbara was mailed well before the easter package, yet it got to Paola a month later.

Happy 6th birthday, Paola!!!

The contents of Paola's St Valentine's Day and Birthday gifts from Barbara and Bernie:

1 No 6 candle for birthday

1 Pink and white checked sun dress

1 Pink and white top eith appliqued sun and butterfly

1 Lavendar long sleeved top with red hearts, stars and sequins

1 blue pullover with white blouse insert

1 pair of long jean shorts with ties

1 pair of red short and white top with hearts

1 large gold coloured locket

1 Guatemalan leather head band with hearts

1 tiny red Mexican bear for Maria

1 stuffed white dog with red bow

1 Magic Pony colouring book

1 Disney ABC book

1 Disney Princess loot bag with accessories

paper tiara, plastic locket, party invitation

1 gold purse

several hair accessories

2 pencils and 1 green highlighter

Indian bead necklace with fish.

16 crayons

1 green crayon sharpener

1 Fairy note book

1 light up spinning wand

1 pair of pink star socks

1 bar of soap

1 small Colgate toothpaste.

1 St. Val's card and 1 birthday card plus 1 postcard and 12 photos.

Easter Gifts 2011

Once again we have Barbara to thank for ensuring that we always have fresh photos of Paola and her sisters!

Here is the letter that Barbara received, along with a list of the package contents:

"Dear Barbara Rogers

The girl Paola is very happy to receive the gifts you sent her, she thanks you very much for your attentions to her. Paola is very happy to see the gifts: she loved the dress and rabbit ears both of which she wore right away. She liked the blanket as well as all the accessories. Paola thanks you and all your family. She sends you a kiss and an hug."

att. Mayra Gonzalez"

And in the additional comments Mayra wrote. "Paola looked so happy for all the gifts she received from her sponsor."

I made a couple of smaller corrections so that it was clearer than before.

And this is a list of the items.

1 Dora throw

1 pink/white rabbit drawstring bag covering an Easter basket for Paola & Tomasa.


1 large stuffed chick

Dora sun-glasses

2 plastic eggs with candy eggs

1 pair pink-navy princess socks

2 Easter colouring books with 4 crayons

1 page of Easter stickers

1 white puffy bunny mask

1 pink (silver lined) rabbit ears headband

1 small Easter basket for Maria

1 bendy rabbit

1 Disney soft ball

1 plastic egg and candies

1 pair navy socks

1 grey tank top

1 brown stuffed rabbit

1 blue flower headband

1 Dora toothbrush


for Paola

1 white school blouse

1 pair of striped briefs

1 book in Spanish 'Los placeres de la terniera'


an Easter card and 12 photos.

Plus, of course, the checked easter dress that Paola is wearing!

New Annual Photo

A new annual photo of Paola. She turned 6 years old on February 28th.

Books for Paola

I made Paola two photobooks which I sent in her birthday package. The one pictured below was created at

I also made a Spanish book for Paola (and my other 6-year-old, Nicty) titled: "Cuando Tu Madrina Tenia Seis Anos de Edad" ("When Your Sponsor Was Six Years Old")(actually, because I don't have the right accent marks here, I think it really says "When Your Sponsor Had Six Anuses"?)

The book show photos of me when I was 6 (or thereabouts) and tells about my life as a little kid, while asking questions about my sponsored child's life. For example, one page says:

When your sponsor was six years old, she had pet cats. What types of pets do you have?

This book was created at, and it can be viewed via this link:

Christmas Package 2010

Here are the photos and letter from the Christmas package sent to Paola by Barbara and Bernie: