by Nestor Ramirez, Juarez, Mexico
My name is Nestor Ramirez. I live in Juarez, Mexico where I studied to be an Industrial Engineer. The community I live in is called Anapra, one of the poorest areas of the city. You can see it in the distance from UTEP in El Paso, Texas and Sunland Park, New Mexico.
When I was a child I was jealous that my parents spent much of their time with other people feeding them, caring for them and helping them anyway they could. One day I handed out apples and gave one to a child who said to me what is this? I said it’s an apple. You do not know what it is? He said that his mom never bought these. I thought it was a joke and told him to try it. The child bit the apple and said it’s very rich and sweet. My heart then became filled with sadness as I realized at that moment that I had been blessed with many things that other people did not have. I was not paying attention to what my parents saw every day in their lives. They saw the needs of other people. I only saw my needs and suddenly realized that giving to others and seeing the satisfaction in the faces of those who had so little, was so important to my life.
Today I am working with my family and friends in creating a new organization called Tree of Hopes. It is my dream that Tree of Hopes will help many people without hope experience a better life where they will receive and give love and extend their expectations. Our world needs to see that there are many ways we all can come together to help someone who needs a home where they can spend pleasant moments with their family, without worries.
This is what motivates Tree of Hopes. I am not only the one who can make this happen; I need the help of others to make this dream a reality. Working together united as fellow people on this earth we are strong because a single person could never do something like this. But when many put their hearts together and decide that such a goal is achievable a hope begins to grow like a tree and the branches of the tree can help the hopes of many people who have so little. This is how hope dreams are born.
We need help paying the bills at the church including keeping the water on, electricity and gas. We also need money to buy gasoline to help transport children to the church and to buy food for the children. Please help us. Help us reach our goal of raising $24,000 to pay for everything the church needs over the next 12 months. Tree of Hopes will soon become a non-profit organization.