Casa Hogar is an orphanage providing a safe place for approximately 125 children from the ages of 10 months – 16 years old. Veronica Tejeda Guzman is a powerful woman who runs the orphanage and she is now working on the completion of a school that is under construction right next door to Casa Hogar. This school will be attended by the children living at Casa Hogar and is slated to open in August 2010. Westgate School has been involved in fundraising to assist with the building of the school. The main way we have done this is through making and selling art cards. This endeavor was wildly successful, and in one year, we were able to contribute a substantial amount of money towards the building of the school while involving students at Westgate in a meaningful Global Citizenship project.
In April 2009, two teachers and the principal of Westgate visited Casa Hogar and in February 2010, one of the teachers who had previously visited, Carmen, myself, and our assistant principal and his family were given the opportunity to travel to Guadalajara to learn more about their needs and to see how far the construction of the school has come. The highlight of the trip was the Elluminate session we conducted from Casa Hogar with students from Westgate. This was a wonderful use of technology that brought children from two different parts of the world together. For my journal entries from this trip, please read the following pages and feel free to leave comments or questions! View my photos on my MobileMe Gallery.