Angela, at 54 years old, now owns her first ever family photograph.
It is displayed in pride of place in her home on the family altar, below her picture of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She plans to send copies to her sister who lives in Mexico City and her brother in the United States who have not seen her family in years.
Thanks to your support and donation to Corazón de Luz, women in the En Via program in communities around Oaxaca have received their family photos — for some, the first ever. We have distributed most of the photos, all with wonderful response and appreciation.
Monday is the start of the 82nd Guelaguetza (Zapotec meaning “to share”) here in Oaxaca. This festival is probably the most popular in the jam-packed Oaxacan calendar of events and brings thousands of people from all over the state of Oaxaca to celebrate their traditional dances, clothing and foods. Read more
This week sees the week-long annual town party of Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community 30 minutes from Oaxaca. Teotitlan has a very rich and well-preserved history, and this week they celebrate their town and their church in la fiesta de la Preciosa Sangre de Cristo (Precious Blood of Christ – the name of the church in the community). It is a week of pretty much non-stop celebrating and accompanying the festivities is of course food: all types of delicious tamales, enchiladas, moles, dulces, and helado on offer. Read more
Our fundraising campaign has now been live for 2 weeks!
As you might remember, we want to provide families living in small communities surrounding Oaxaca their FIRST EVER family photos.
I have been humbled by people’s generosity!
Thank you so so much for your interest and assistance in this project.
Currently we are half-way to our goal of providing photo packets of one 6×8″ print and three 4×6″ prints for 600 families. Read more
We want to take, print and give family photos to local families in Oaxaca who currently do not have family photos and don’t have access to keeping their precious memories this way.
Help us fund this project so we can provide family photos for free.
As you know by now, I am a volunteer with Fundación En Vía, a local organisation which provides interest-free microloans to women. Recently I took photos of some of the women we visited on tour, and once back in Oaxaca I got prints made at a local lab. The next time I saw these women I handed them their photos. Read more