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  • The Family International Mexico | The Family International
    Santiago Chile and was doing a lot of work with shows for children Children s Christmas Play In 2006 we organized a Christmas play with the children from a DIF shelter so that they could perform it in surrounding villages We prepared the costumes and rehearsed the songs and motions the kids would need to perform the story of Jesus birth Christmas Posada for an orphanage We held our annual

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-central/mexico/projects/aid-homes-and-orphanages/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Photo Gallery: Helping children in need | The Family International
    Search Home About The Family Mission Statement Worldwide Work Children Viewpoints Contact Email Us Sitemap Home Worldwide Work America Central Mexico Helping children in need Photo Gallery Photo Gallery Helping children in need Tweet America Central Central America Mexico Footer

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  • Help for Haiti | The Family International
    and I was okay I have a broken arm and there were a few wounds but I m okay When you told that man that there was a reason why he lived I could hear that same voice in my heart telling me there s a reason for me as well And you know what I m thankful I know something good is going to come from it Against all Odds I met a young man who had just been here for about a week This was his first time overseas He started telling me a story about a young boy he had found in the clinic and he asked if I could come over and see this boy and spend a bit of time with him So I walked over to the tent and there was this little boy sitting on his father s lap and he was missing an arm Apparently this father had eight children and he had lost seven of his children and his wife in the earthquake He had thought his little boy was dead as well but when they were moving the rubble his hand had started to move so the father immediately strapped this little boy on his back and hiked 41 kilometers from his house to where the general hospital was He walked all night with this little boy who had lost his arm to get him to the hospital Through an absolute miracle the doctors didn t even know how it happened the little boy survived and they were able to take good care of him Paper Hearts A whole bunch of children throughout the States had cut out little red paper hearts and then had translated a small message which said We love you and are praying for you and Jesus loves you in Creole So many of these kids when we first started talking with them they wouldn t interact they wouldn t really look at you wouldn t smile And then you d give them these little hearts and they d read the message and kind of look at you shyly and then they d give a big smile It was really special to see at the end of the day all these children holding these little hearts with this message on it reading it to themselves or reading it to others It was inspiring to see how just a little message like that encouraged the children The Gift of Life I was in the pediatric ward of the hospital and I was going from mother to mother praying for their babies I came upon one little baby who was only three days old and he was so small I asked the mother if it was possible I could pray for the baby I put my hand on the baby s hand and said a little prayer for his life that he would get the food and nourishment that he needed The mother told me that she had

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-central/articles/2010/173/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Laughter Therapy in Action | The Family International
    hospital visitation as part of the missionary work I do in the countries I have lived in Sammy with Patch Adams Dr Hunter Campbell Patch Adams M D born May 28 1945 in Washington D C is an American medical physician social activist citizen diplomat professional clown performer and author For more than 30 years he has been putting into practice the idea that healing should be a loving human interchange not a business transaction He challenged conventional medical procedures by using humor and friendliness in his work with impressive results He founded the Gesundheit Institute in 1972 to provide free medical care with a humane touch Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns to bring hope and joy to orphans patients and others His life was the template for the plot of the 1998 film Patch Adams starring Robin Williams Compiled from online sources I have been living in Mexico since 2001 and have gotten married and started a family here I along with the members of my Home including the children started Dr Payaso Doctor Clown which is a laughter therapy project aimed at bringing cheer to hospital patients It s a wonderful avenue to witness and bring the Lord s love to many especially during the trying times they experience when ill and in pain Since then some of us have taken recognized courses on laughter therapy and we ve created our own seminar to teach others what we have learned This seminar emphasizes the importance of positiveness and highlights the joy and happiness that is found in reaching out to others We ve received invitations to present these seminars to young people in private schools as well as to the medical

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-central/articles/2009/170/ (2016-02-15)
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  • “Dr. Payaso” Project | The Family International
    the medical students We also give them classes on acting practice doing skits teach them how to face paint and make figurines out of balloons After we perform our show for all the children we then go bed to bed to visit the children who have more delicate conditions and weren t able to see the show We spend most of our time talking personally to the children and encouraging their parents and giving them personal attention After almost two years of visiting we have grown quite close to some of the patients and their parents who have had to be in the hospital for a while to receive treatment One little girl in particular we met last year see photo 2 while she was waiting to get an operation for a cleft palate She was about four years old when we met her and was so excited the first time she saw the clowns and watched the show She became so attached to them she never missed one show while she was in the hospital She was released and went home after about a month But she missed the clowns so much that her and her mother make the

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-central/articles/2008/70/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Day When Children are Kings | The Family International
    hardly ever received presents in their lives Dia de los Reyes Kings Day on January 6 is quite a big holiday in Latin America as well as a very good opportunity to remind people of the real meaning of Christmas We hosted an event at the San Vicente orphanage and daycare center and 110 children attended The event consisted of breakfast a clown show piñatas interactive games prizes and gifts

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-central/articles/2007/211/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Bringing Comfort to the Barranca Dwellers | The Family International
    added a lively musical component to our distribution programs The events were held in some of the poorest areas of Mexico City in what are called barrancas ravines right in the middle of the city where the poor have built their precarious homes The houses are constructed layer upon layer on the edge of the cliffs without planning or safety precautions and it is not uncommon for houses to crumble on their inhabitants Crime and drugs are rife in these areas and we were told we would need police protection while holding the distributions At dusk the City Hall staff and the police urged us to leave quickly as the streets were too dangerous to stay any longer The most rewarding comment came from one of the local organizers himself a barranca dweller Thank you for coming and giving books to our children Many of us here feel abandoned but you remember us and that makes us feel special We also organized shows and distributions in medical facilities including a modern clinic for disadvantaged children with cancer Many young leukemia victims had been there for months and we spent a lot of time comforting and counseling them and their parents

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-central/articles/2007/69/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Multifaceted Children's Day | The Family International
    centers worked for two months to raise funds for organize and host an event for the 250 children from a poor mountain village school as well as to gather donated items for it The weather forecast was for storms but it turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day and an occasion to remember The bare run down local park had been transformed into a colorfully decorated fiesta site with flying banners eight large piñatas live music a puppet theater outdoor game areas and seating for the audience of about 500 Several friends volunteered to help our 23 Family International members distribute gifts serve treats and manage the crowd We d like to thank all of our donors and sponsors whose financial backing made this event possible The beautiful children s books tracts posters and Conéctate Activated magazines for each mother and child were a great hit Such gifts were a first for many of these humble families and some said it was the best surprise they had ever received The audience joined in on the songs and games presented by our teen band and after the puppet show nearly everyone in the audience prayed to receive the gift of eternal salvation This event would not have been such a success without our dedicated missionary youth Their zeal dedication and outgoing concern made everything extra fun for the children The local police and emergency services also attended and helped to ensure that everything ran smoothly The whole experience was so very rewarding 2 Children s Day at the Clinic The local Family International center has been donating medical equipment to a nearby clinic for three years This large clinic caters to underprivileged families from the area We also gave the clinic two sets of the Family produced Treasure Attic children

    Original URL path: http://www.thefamilyinternational.org/en/work/america-central/articles/2007/207/ (2016-02-15)
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