Project Mexico & Saint Innocent Orphanage Pantry Partners
It would be a blessing for us to further aid our neighbors to the south at Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage. As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 22 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean to say the least!
"We all sing the praises of the loving parishes who make these donations possible and directly impact the lives of our boys!"
St Innocent is in URGENT NEED of the following items for back to school. Please keep in mind that the quantity of items requested meets the needs of their education program for the entire school year.
- 40 rolls of Scotch tape
- 100 glue sticks
- 100 pocket folders
- 20 8-tab divider sets
- 18 Flexible rulers 12-inch
- 30 scissors Adult & Children’s
All of the boys in St. Innocent Orphanage are considered orphans because they were removed from their home by social services, they ran away from home due to an abusive situation or their parents are deceased or imprisoned. St. Innocent Orphanage is not a foster care facility, so when we accept one of these special boys into our home, we do so with the knowledge that they will be with us until they are grown men.
Because of the substantial number of orphaned children in Mexico, the inadequate state and capacity of municipal and city orphanages, and the need to prioritize available resources for the care of younger children, these adolescent and teenage boys become marginalized and are left to care for themselves on the streets. If not for the existence of St. Innocent Orphanage, these boys would eventually be drawn into a violent life of drug trafficking, prostitution and other criminal activity.
A healthy and vibrant spiritual life is vital for the therapeutic and developmental needs of our boys, and is led by the Orthodox priest on staff, who lives on the orphanage property. The teachings and practices of Orthodoxy are taught and experienced daily as our boys enjoy a rich Sacramental Life. Each morning the boys begin their day with prayers, and every Sunday they participate in Divine Liturgy. We are proud that many of our boys serve in the altar, while others serve as chanters.
We seek to integrate the Orthodox faith into most aspects of the boys’ daily lives, and provide them with many examples to live out their Orthodox faith by interacting with and learning from others. In addition, as home building volunteers and clergy come to visit St. Innocent Orphanage throughout the year, our boys are blessed to witness and share so many great examples of Orthodox Christianity.
A strong academic program is our top priority at St. Innocent Orphanage. Because many of our boys come into the orphanage severely behind in school or having no education at all, we work very hard to help them catch up with their grade-level peers. Each day, many hours are spent helping our boys with their homework and re-teaching the day’s lessons. Our highly-trained educational staff prioritize not only homework completion, but subject comprehension, supplemental lessons and practical application projects.
Since the average education level completed in northern Mexico is 8th grade, we push our boys to strive for at least a high school diploma and even a college degree, if they are able and willing. A sound education will empower each boy to become a responsible, productive, self-sufficient man, able to support his own family and make a significant contribution to society. While education is no doubt a struggle for many of our boys, there is nothing they love more than going to school. All of our boys attend public schools in the communities surrounding the orphanage.