When we sawthat the childrenwere sometimestoo hungry toconcentrate, webegan our mealprogram.”
also receive hot meals through themission.
Slowick’s efforts began withlistening. On her second summer ofSpanish studies in 2004, she beganto feel a call to respond to the poverty she saw around her. “The missionhad its early roots in my walking thestreets of Cuernavaca and talkingwith the people, especially the poor,to ascertain their needs,” she says.
“Our tutoring program be-
gan when we realized many of the
children came from families whose
parents had very little education and
were unable to help their children
with schoolwork. We held the
tutoring classes at an outdoor cafe
across the street from the cathedral.
We did it in the heart of downtown
Cuernavaca so that the mothers of
the children—street vendors selling
crafts—could be nearby.”
With financial and moral sup-
port from her religious commu-
nity, the Tiffin, Ohio Franciscans,
and now a network of donors and
volunteers, her small tutoring effort
eventually grew into the Cuernavaca
Children’s Mission. “When we real
PABLO SANCHEZtakes advantage ofthe children’s library, apopular and valuableresource for childrenwho do not have easyaccess to a library.
VOLUNTEERS preparehot meals for childrenfour afternoons a week,
50 weeks a year. Forsome, it is the only realmeal of the day.