Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?
For many of us, hopefully, it’s one of the happiest times of the year. But for many children across Latin America – eking out an existence on a rubbish dump, in the sewage of a manhole or flanking the filth of a street market - it’s one of the most miserable moments of their lives.
Your help this year has touched so many lives.
Last year, with your support, Casa Alianza helped over 10,000 street children. Our dedicated teams walked into some of the most dirty and downright dangerous areas of Latin American cities, armed with nothing but a delousing kit and the offer of the chance to make a better life in one of our shelters.
And thankfully, we were able to provide over 160,000 nights of shelter, food, medical care and education to these emotionally and physically damaged children who arrived with nothing but the shirts on their back.
There’s a strong chance your gift will be the first one these children have ever received.
Christmas is our busiest time of the year, and our crisis centres operate well beyond capacity. As you know, we have an open door policy – we never turn away a single child. This means that at Christmas our resources are under particular pressure, which is why we really need your help.
How we put your donations to good use
We forward the proceeds from our Christmas appeal straight to Casa Alianza’s shelters in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Every single child in our care receives a present on Christmas morning, and our staff organise a special festive celebration for all the children to enjoy. We also use your donations to take gifts and food to the children still on the streets, who have nothing.
Even relatively small amounts can make a huge impact. For example:
- £5 will provide Christmas dinner for one child
- £10 will buy a Christmas present for one child (for many children, it’s their first present ever!)
- £15 will pay for two counselling sessions for a child who is in crisis this Christmas
- £20 will buy a set of new clothes, pair of shoes & a coat for a child this Christmas
- £100 will help 3 street children to leave the streets and begin a new future with us
Ways to gift something meaningful this Christmas
Make a Christmas donation
Since physically sending presents to the children in Latin America isn’t practical, the simplest way to make their day is by making a one-off donation. Just visit our donation page and you’ll be walked through the options to make a secure online payment.
Do your Christmas shopping online
If you’re planning on beating the crowds by shopping online, did you know you can raise money for Casa Alianza at the same time, at no extra cost? Just remember to click through to the retailer from the special page on our website to make sure Casa kids benefit. You’ll find full details on the how to help page of our site.
Get your friends involved!
Do you belong to a church group, a meet-up group, or just take part in a regular get-together with friends? Spread the word about Casa Alianza’s work – and do come and say hello on Facebook and Twitter.
THANK YOU so much for showing these children that there are adults in the world who care. Please believe us when we tell you how grateful they are for your help. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
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