Your Purchases Help Improve The Lives Of Children In Central & South America
A percentage of every dollar you spend with Much Ado Boutique goes toward sponsoring under-resourced children in poverty stricken areas of Central and South America and the Caribbean. We have chosen to partner with Compassion International to help support their mission of changing lives and giving hope to children around the world.
Meet Our Extended Much Ado "Family"
Grace - El Salvador Jesús - Equador
Stiven - Columbia Aniara - Haiti
Meet Grace Elizabeth
Grace Elizabeth is the newest member of our Much Ado family. She is 6 years old, the youngest of three siblings and lives in El Salvador with her single mother and grandmother. Her mother struggles to keep steady employment which has created hardships for the family. Grace loves to play with dolls and draw pictures. One of her favorite hobbies is singing.
Grace lives in the valley community of Cantón San Nicolas, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and brick walls. The primary ethnic group is Mestizo and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bread, eggs and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, diarrhea and Dengue fever. Most adults in Cantón San Nicolas are unemployed but some work as factory workers, market traders or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, doctors and improved education.
Many El Salvadorans live in urban slums and experience daily hardships from crime, disease and hunger. After decades of civil war left the country in ruins, violent organized gangs have now spread throughout the tiny nation and many civilians live in constant fear of violence.
Rural homes in El Salvador typically have concrete floors and mud-brick walls.
However, the slums in El Salvador's cities are filled with human suffering that most of us would find difficult to comprehend. While the ghosts of the past still haunt this tiny nation, the hope for El Salvador's future is its children.
Jesús lives in a costal area of Equador, Central America. He is currently in Kindergarten and enjoys drawing and art. He also loves to play ball games and hide-and-seek with his friends.
Most of the families in Jesús's community are poor and live in homes typically made of bamboo and wood. The homes are built on stilts to help protect them from flooding.
Meet Luigi "Stiven"
Steven lives with his father and mother in the seaport city of Buenaventura, Columbia, Central America. Typical houses in the area are constructed of wood floors, wood walls and tin roofs. Common health problems include malnutrition and malaria as well as parasites due to unclean drinking water. The average family income in this community is roughly $77 USD per month.
Homes of poor families in the Colombian Andes are fragile dwellings made of whatever scrap materials can be found.
Access to clean water is limited in this region. Children often walk long distances to collect water for their families.
Aniara lives in Gonaives, Haiti. She lives on a farm with her mother and father. Her favorite hobby is art and drawing. Aniara is visited regularly by "Survival Specialists" from Compassion International. These Specialists provide access to much-needed immunizations and medical care as well as food and water to meet critical physical needs.
Haiti is a country of tremendous need and many children live in conditions that are absolutely incomprehensible to most Americans. Seashores near Gonaives are polluted with garbage and other waste as homes push to the edge of the land.
Why Compassion International?
Through Compassion International, children receive educational assistance, occupational training, healthcare and regular, nutritional meals. We support children through Compassion International because the sponsorship programs are proven to be very effective in positively impacting the lives of children. Compassion-supported children:
- Spend an average of 4,000 hours in safe, nurturing programs
- Stay in school 1-1.5 years longer than unsponsored peers
- Are 14-18% more likely to have salaried employment in their adult years
- Are 35% more likely to find white-collar employment as adults
- Are 27-40% more likely to finish secondary education
- Are 50-80% more likely to graduate college
- Are 30-75% more likely to become leaders in their communities
Thank you for making a difference in a child's life through your continued support of our business. With your help, we will continue to add many more sponsored children to our Much Ado Family through Compassion International.