They Call Me, Mamá –Teacher of the Year Cordelia Fajardo Shares Why She Earned the Award

“To my first graders whose parents are gone, I tell them that we are their family. Their classmates are more than friends. They are also brothers and sisters. When they hurt I tell them, “You can call me, Mama.” Professor Cordelia Fajardo teaches first graders in Comayagua Honduras. […]

Gloria Esperanza Sosa, A Rural Teacher in Las Crucitas, Honduras, Shares What She Has Learned

An Interview by Soledad Quartucci “My parents never made it to school. They grew up in the school of life and taught themselves how to read. Even though they didn’t make it to school, they made sure that we did.” Gloria Esperanza Sosa, rural teacher in Honduras. Gloria Esperanza […]

Portrait of a Rural Teacher in El Salvador-His Students Travel 2 hours Each Way to Learn From Him

  Efrain Cornejo (left) rural teacher in El Savador, teaches Robotics. Here, he poses with his students and their award-winning creation, a 360 degree robot that students use to record and spread their culture. “I know of rural teachers who swim across rivers to get to class. They put […]

What are the Challenges facing Foster Youth after Emancipation in California? Housing, Mental Health and Education Are Critical Needs

  “Given what we experience in foster care, it’s hard to trust people. What we need is the same someone to push us in the right direction year after year until we finish school and get a job.” — Youth in Foster Care Each year, tens of thousands […]

Dangerous Work-The Construction Industry and the Immigrant Worker

Construction workers march carrying empty caskets. “No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people.” Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. At a labor rally last week, thousands marched […]

H.Res. 536: Supporting Freedom of the Press in Latin America and the Caribbean and Condemning Violations of Press Freedom

  “Despite the strong tradition of independent and critical media in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, journalists in some countries are becoming increasingly vulnerable to violence and government harassment. Censorship due to violence in Latin America has reached one of its highest points since most of […]

Invisible Children-What Happens to the Children of Detainees?

I visit undocumented mothers in detention. During my conversations with them-One constant worry is shared, the welfare of their children while they are detained. It is difficult to parent children from jail. Incarceration makes it nearly impossible, and the charge to make a phone call to check on the family, […]

Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month-Celebrating the Immense Contributions of Latinos to the Economy, Culture, and Identity of the United States

The United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15, 2015, through October 15, 2015. Below are Milestones of Latino Contributions to the Economy, Culture, and Identity of the United States- The resolution to celebrate the contributions of Latinos to life in the United States was introduced by […]

Easy Ways Your Company Can Participate in Charitable Giving  

Our lives are busy, but when given the opportunity, people love to extend support to those in need. Business managers can make this happen. With a little organization, managers can lead and set the tone for community engagement. In the process, corporate giving has the added benefit of promoting employee leadership, boosting team spirit and increasing morale. Companies […]

Life Lessons I Learned from Jail Visitations

  On September 27, 2015, Pope Francis took time out of his 6-day, super-packed trip to meet with inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. His gentle disposition and touching message inspired me profoundly. Pope Francis told the inmates that he was visiting them “as a brother, to […]

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