Oaxaca Street Children


Street Children

Harold and Jodi Bauman first visited Oaxaca, Mexico on vacation. They were charmed by the city’s intricate architecture and the dramatic landscape, but disturbed to see young children, clearly living in poverty, selling trinkets and candy in the streets day and night. They feared that these children would never be able to break out of poverty’s vicious cycle without an education. Wanting to do something, Jodi and Harold started by sponsoring individual children, helping them enroll in school and paying for school supplies and uniforms. They persuaded others to do the same, and in 1996, the Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots child sponsorship program was created.

By the end of 1997, 148 children had found sponsors with the help of “Grassroots”. This number climbed to 190 by the end of 1998, and to 230 by the end of 1999. Today over five hundred children and adolescents have international sponsors (or “Godparents”) through the auspices of the organization.

Jodi and Harold moved to Oaxaca and chartered a sister organization, El Centro de Esperanza Infantil (the Center of Hope for Children). In addition to their child sponsorship program, the Center also has a children’s soup kitchen and a volunteer nurse. Now Trivani Foundation has the opportunity to support Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots’ child sponsorship program.


2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pedro Pineda  |  November 6, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Hola , me encanta saber de este nuevo sitio , donde nos sentiremos mas cerca del trabajo que estamos realizando en trivani .
    Me gustaria saber mas de estos ninos de Oaxaca ya que muchos de mis compatriotas son del Estado de Oaxaca y quieren saber mas del proyecto.

  • 2. Linda G. Cox  |  April 16, 2010 at 2:19 am

    It is wonderful to see the people who are touched into action! I am proud to be associated with such people as I begin my life as a full time humanitarian with Trivani!


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