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Corazón de Luz: A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

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.

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Update: Corazón de Luz

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

Corazón de Luz: Help Us Provide Lasting Memories!

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.

The Idea
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

Changing Lives with $100

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

Thoughts on Volunteering Part 2

Volunteering overseas exposes you to people, lifestyles, history and daily life different to anything you would find at home, and as such, encourages you to grow and develop further as a person but there are other aspects to consider as well.
Following on from part 1, here are the rest of my thoughts (or at least another 5 of them) on volunteering overseas. Read more

Embracing the Chaos

Reinventing Myself on Mexican Time

Dinner: A Love Story

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

Heart of Light

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

A Cup of Jo

My year living in Oaxaca, Mexico

Design*Sponge

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A Healthy Happier Bear

Striving for moderation while taking in all that Europe has to offer!

Simple Provisions

Food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated