Championing One Child at a Time: Gerardo in El Salvador

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At Feed the Children, we feed 350,000 kids every school day internationally. And on paper, it’s a large number. But in the midst of all the numbers we never want to forget the one child.’

In our logo, the “i” in the word “children” is lower case while the rest of the word is uppercase. It’s a great reminder for us all of us that we’re championing one child at a time.

Today, we want to tell you about one child named Gerardo from El Salvador.

ApgH1NxbYR-U3tGac0oR2U6mK8GMqbNIqUJl61BKq0QTen year old Gerardo lives with his aunt because his mother migrated to Guatemala to look for a job opportunity.

Gerardo lives in a small house located in the middle of a large plot of land. His house is made of cinder block the roof of zinc and the floors of bricks and tin doors.

Inside of Gerardo’s house, there’s a small living room, two bedrooms (one for Gerardo and one for his aunt, they sleep on a small and old mattress). They cook their meals over a firewood oven made of adobe. Their curtains over the windows are made of plastic bags.

Gerardo has electricity in his home but has to go outside to find a toilet.

Gerardo’s family income is around $80.00 US per month. This income mostly comes from his aunt’s work of selling eggs and tilapia to her neighbors.

Gerardo says, “Sometimes there is nothing to eat at home.”

But his story changes when he comes to school. At school, he receives a hot meal every day at the Feed the Children feeding center. His favorite foods to eat are: soy meat, beans with cheese and eggs.

When asked to explain more, Gerardo told a Feed the Children staffer: “I enjoy all the food that the Feeding Center gives me every day, it is delicious. I am so happy for that and when I am at the feeding center I feel that I am with my family.”

After lunch, he plays and laughs with his friends. He’s excited about learning. His favorite subject is Language and he loves reading.

His aunt says Gerardo now dreams about his future.

rU_7_wIkCQaGyyCxupnHXsCjjhv-6MH9H7DMMRpF6hkWhen he grows up, he wants to be a policeman because he does not like injustice. He wants to make a difference in his community. He wants to keep people safe.

Besides receiving food at school, his community now has a greenhouse and tilapia project, which teaches mothers in the community, like Gerardo’s aunt, about how to feed their families more nutritious food. Gerardo’s aunt says these Feed the Children projects have unified the community. Together, they are now pulling all of their resources together to make a better life for all of the children.

We asked Gerardo what he would like to say to his child sponsor and other Feed the Children donors, “Thank you Feed the Children for all the help you gave to me and my aunt. All the food is delicious.”

We are encouraged by the stories of kids like Gerardo and are reminded by the words of Mother Teresa who said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

We can all help one child. We can all help champion kids like Gerardo.

To learn more about child sponsorship in El Salvador, click here.