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.
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
If you are a 14 year old boy living in Teotitlan del Valle, one of the first committees you might serve on under usos y costombres would be during the 3 day period of Dia de los Muertos, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd each year.
During this time it is customary in Teotitlán to ring the church bells for 3 days straight. This is done to help guide the departed spirits back to the village so they may share in the festivities, and be present for conversations with the living. These boys, in a group of about 20, will take turns living up in the bell towers of the church, (probably going a little mad from the noise) and ensuring the bells ring 24/7 for the entire 3-day period of festivities. 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
After seeing firsthand the difference the equivalent of $100 makes to women living in the small communities outside of Oaxaca, I will never look at (or thoughtlessly spend) money the same way again.
My friend Lupita is 43, widowed and raising three teenaged boys on her own in the small community of Teotitlán del Valle. She has been weaving tapetes since she was 12, and her boys also weave when they are not at school, as is the tradition in this village. Read more