As the year unfolds, my mission is to get more involved in helping those in need particularly children. One of my objectives is to partner with my home country, Puerto Rico, and provide aid to Fundación Hogar Ninito Jesús.
Fundación Hogar Ninito Jesús is an organization that provides housing to children victims of abuse from ages 0-7 years old. They offer these children the basic aids necessary for their healthy growth, and provide a home environment where love, security, trust, good treatment and moral training. Every year, they remodel the children’s bedroom to make sure they have everything they need and the feel just like home. Check them out: http://fhnj.org/
Currently, they are in urgent need of the following:
8 dresses for girls
full set of bed sheets (preferably matching)
They are always in need of:
moisterizing lotions (Cetaphil)
hair nets for cooks in the kitchen
Desitin or buttpaste
girls underwear for ages 4-7
boys underwear for ages 4-7
paper towel and toilet paper
plastic boxes for storage
If you are in Puerto Rico or United States and interested in donating for this amazing cause and these children please email me at: Lorenagomez07@gmail.com or contact Ana Ivette at:
On November 5, I’m going to be hosting a Fundraiser at Hacienda Victoria, Casa de Refugio Orphanage in Rosarito Mexico. Please join me while we spread the Thanksgiving love with the children in need in Rosarito, Mexico.
The itinerary will be as follows, we will get to the orphanage at 8am on November 5, and we will be hosting games from 8-12pm. All ideas are welcome.
Here is how you can help:
Donating $50 for a kid, this will help the administration give them gifts for Christmas
Donating staple foods or lightly used clothing
Submit any game ideas suitable for children 4-15 years old
Please email if interested at email@example.com.
All contributions will be welcome. Help me be the change for our children of the future. God Bless!
Lately, I’ve been more involved than ever in giving myself to volunteer work especially in orphanages. My mind has been consumed with the idea a pursuing the “pleasurable utopic life.” This idea of “pleasurablenes” comes from places of emptiness, that are fleeing and shallow. I found myself in this constant search of pleasure and satisfaction that left me empty and sad, more than I was happy. Then, as tacky as it sounds, “I had an epiphany,” and I asked myself, “What makes you happy?” What gives Lorena meaning and desire to do more in life that makes a difference, and has a purpose. That for me is sustainable happiness.
For months, I would be very happy and then very sad at times, but I would never show that I was sad to people, because I don’t want to bring people down and cause sadness. And then, I was AHA! Lorena, likes making people happy, especially children. Orphan children are often times abused, trafficked, and in poverty.
I’ve started going to Casa de Refugio in Rosarito, Mexico almost for three years. I visited them every three months, and now I go every other week. When I started going more often, I realized that I was impacting these children lives for the better. Just thinking about them and the idea of helping them out just brings me instant happiness. Happiness that I can sustain, and I would go back to in a matter of seconds.
There are 62 children in the orphanage. Ages range from 3-16 years old. They are the sweetest and well-mannered children I’ve ever interacted with. Every time I visit, I bring different activities such as bowling, scavenger hunts, coloring books, painting, and soccer matches. I have the time of my life with them. My mind is there and present in the moment. I don’t care about anything else that’s happening. Living in the present and feeling that present happiness is worth living for. Not living in the past nor the future. (Obviously, prepare for the future, you know what I mean )
Right now, they are in need of a metal staircase to replace a falling wooden staircase (that’s falling) to pass a “safety” license in Mexico. I talked the administration lady today and she said they quoted her $8,000 dollars, not pesos. That broke my heart because they don’t have that money, and no one is willing to help out in a pro-bono basis. Honestly, if I could build a 30+ steps metal staircase I would do it. I’m going back to the orphanage next week, please let me know if you want to help or donate. See how can you help below:
How can you help?
They are in constant need for food. There is 62 mouths to feed along with the volunteers that host the orphanage. They love pasta, lasagna, and doughnuts. Best food items to donate are: pasta, sauce, tortilla, beans, any canned food items.
Toiletries such as diapers, tampons, and wipes.
Shoes: they need black shoes to go to school
And last for not least, if you know how to build a metal staircase or know someone that knows how to do please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in volunteering with me feel free to contact me too. The more the merrier. You will have fun, I promise.
For more information, please contact their website at:
This year I had the opportunity to go to several orphanages and public schools in Latin America. It was a mind blowing experience to see the conditions these children are living in, and how happy and grateful they are. They didn’t care about the material stuff you brought, I mean yes they needed food and they appreciate that, but all they cared about was your presence. The “visitor’s” presence. When you think about basic human needs, the first thing that comes to mind is that underprivileged children would rather have their physiological needs met before anything else. I guess that statement is wrong. These children prefer to have their social needs met than anything else. The first thing they ask you when they see you is how long are you staying? I used to say I’m only staying a couple of days or so, and they will keep asking why I had to leave, why I can’t stay with them forever? Now when I go, I just deviate the question asking them if they want to play a game or something along those lines. Children around 4-6 years old just want to play and run around. On the other hand, I got the opportunity to interact with girls ages 8-14, and all they needed was my advice and someone to talk to. Essentially, children need someone they can trust. Honestly, if I could I would devote my life to help those in need, but at this point in my life I can’t do it. I don’t have the financial stability to be able to take off, travel the world, and provide for those in need.
Every time I come back home I tend to compare the under privileged children with the children around the community I live, and is just shocking. All these kids only care about their self-image, what people think, social acceptance, and good old WIFI. Children these days have a false sense of community and don’t get to live a normal childhood. I wish children just grow out of this phase and get involved with things and activities that are substantial for their well-being, and emotional growth.
I’ve been through thick and thin in life. From beating cancer, to loosing myself, the only thing that’s kept me going is the satisfaction I get from helping other people, especially children in need. My goal in life is to create my own Non-Profit Organization that helps children around the world and cancer patients. For that, I need an audience, people who are willing to be selfless and give, people that our willing to be game changers, and make a difference. I don’t know how I am going to do this, but I am a go getter, and nothing will stop me. STAY TUNED.
Interested in volunteering or donating? See below:
Ciudad de Refugio in Rosarito, Mexico- they are in need of comfort food mainly, but anything else if welcomed. They love toys, of course. 🙂
Escuela de Playa Grande, Guanacaste, Costa Rica- they are in need of ink for printers, books, and paper.
The Young and Brave Foundation: they need volunteers, email: email@example.com
Orangewood Foundation: Southern California organization, email: JPatino@orangewoodfoundation.org