Ranchito Los Ninos
24 October 2009 | Empalme
These are the little treasures that make cruising and my life worth living. My wonderful and gracious granddaughter Gabriella wanted me to give her outgrown clothes to kids down here who really could use them. With the help of Arianna(Admin assistant in the boat yard/marina) we found an orphanage in Guaymas and delivered the clothes with a couple bags of Jelly-Bellys. They were really appreciative and that went well. Chatting with Arianna about the recent donation, we both concluded that the orphanage was doing quite well with plenty of supplies and a nice facility. So she told me of an orphanage that she visited with her high school class around Christmas time. They had a little fiesta of sorts. It is located in a town (Empalme) next to Guaymas. So I decided to drive out there and take a look myself. It's out in the boondocks, but a cute little compound. I talked to Veronica, the administrater through a young lady who works there and translated for us. They have 40 kids there and what a difference from the upscale orphanage in Guaymas. These kids were poorly dressed and I could tell that they didn't get the support that the city orphanage got. So, Arianna and myself started scheming..... We are bringing the kids to the marina next friday for a pizza fest and a boat ride on a pirate ship. I dropped off a load of laundry soap, dish soap, and other cleaning supplies today. We wanted to get school supplies for them but this is what they requested. The word is spreading and all the other cruisers are chipping in for the fest and other goodies. I think we will make this an annual event. I will post a blog and pics after the event. Mucho Gracias Gabriella, your generosity grows!