Proyecto Santo Niño
The Child Jesus, represented by the Santo Niño de Atocha, is especially beloved in Mexico. He is believed to travel throughout the countryside at night performing miracles. He loves to visit sick children to heal them as they sleep. Legend has it that in the mornings, the Christ Child has been found with muddy, worn-out shoes from his nightly healing adventures.
Hidden away on the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in the colonia of Anapra is a humble building that houses the Santo Niño Project. Within plain view of the United States border, a group of Catholic nuns discovered a call to serve children with special needs. Since 2003, they have crossed the border from El Paso, Tx three times a week to offer their services in a clinic built of cement, adobe and straw bale.
The team of Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati has expanded to include many volunteers: massage therapists, special education teachers, physical and speech therapists, and others who want to share their time, talent and loving service. The extreme poverty of Anapra makes every child one with special needs in education, healthcare, and housing.
But the most forgotten are those with physical and mental disabilities. They are the children for whom the Santo Niño project was created.
Brisa Update: Many of you have emailed to ask how Brisa is doing. She was hospitalized Feb. 28 and was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer (neuroblastoma) and even more rare autoimmune condition that is related to it. She had surgery to remove the cancer in her spinal cord last Tuesday and has started chemotherapy. Cristina, our faithful social worker, has been checking on her regularly and yesterday called from the bedside to say that she seems to be making a remarkable recovery. So please continue to keep Brisa, her mother and grandmother Isidra in your prayers, as well as all the medical professionals attending to her care.
Desert Blooms is a monthly newsletter that the Sisters of Charity mail out to their friends and supporters to keep them up-to-date on what's going on with Proyecto Santo Niño. It also tells little stories about the lives of the children, their families and the grace-filled moments of the people who get involved with the project and how lives are changed forever.
Read on and get a glimpse of how the Child
Jesus works through the clinic and the community.
Read previous issues of Desert Blooms in the archives section of our webpage.