Dia Del Niño
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." –Matthew 9:14
On April 30, we celebrated "Del Dia Del Niño", the Day of the Child. This is a day to honor the inherent rights that all children have. It is why Sonshine Hacienda exists -- because we believe that all children have a right to life, health, education, affection, protection and a safe, positive, nurturing home free from violence, drugs or abuse of any kind.
Traditionally on Del Dia Del Niño, children wear new outfits, break piñatas, eat cake and similar festivities. Thanks to the help of friends, our children got to do all of these! Last week, the Padrinos ("godparents" who work in the community) visited, bringing along gifts of new clothes and shoes that the kids could wear on the 30th of April, and a piñata brimming with candy. And thanks to Bob and Gloria Mater, local friends who provide us with a birthday cake on the last day of every month, we also had a huge dessert to share.
Sonshine Hacienda would not exist without all of you. Your support, your prayers, your gifts, your hearts enable those of us who are "on the ground" to be your hands and feet, ensuring that every day is a day that honors the rights of these children.