RAISE THE ROOF 2011        

November 20, 2011


Dear Friends:


I write to ask for your support in “raising the roof” – literally and figuratively – on a building in Oaxaca, Mexico.  This building is home to a vitally important resource: El Centro de Esperanza Infantil.  The 2,500 square-foot building houses a program that enables hundreds of impoverished children in Oaxaca to attend school. 

The U.S.-based organization that funds the Centro de Esperanza Infantil, or CEI, is called Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots.  It was founded in the late-1990’s by an extraordinary American couple who, while vacationing in Oaxaca, were troubled by the number of children they saw begging in the streets during the day instead of attending school.  When they began to ask why, they learned that while education was free, the Mexican system requires children to provide their own books, uniforms and other supplies.  They were determined to help fund these expenses – child by child – and since then, that vision has been realized through a sponsorship program and through the establishment of CEI. 

When it was first purchased in 2000, CEI was a large, crumbling colonial structure that had no interior walls and a pile of debris in its center.  It has now been renovated room by room, and today it is a cheerful and lively center with a library, a lunchroom, a nurse’s office, a computer center and several administrative offices.  A sunny central patio is the hub of the center, constantly full of children doing their homework, working with volunteer tutors or just playing with friends.  

CEI has literally changed the lives of the children who have been able to complete their education and have moved out of dire poverty.  Now, more than ten years since it first opened, the building’s roof is in danger of falling – and we’re looking for funds to “raise the roof” and make improvements to the building necessary to serve even more children.  Please help us maintain this safe space for the  nearly 600 children who are currently served by the organization, and contribute anything you can to our “Raise the Roof” campaign for 2011. 

The “Raise the Roof” campaign will help cover the costs for materials and labor – an estimated $50,000.  Your tax-exempt donation will ensure that these deserving children continue to receive basic services under one roof that so many other children take for granted, including: 

     Access to education- School inscription fees and uniforms

     Nutritious meals


     Use of computers and training

        Medical attention

       Job training for the parents of children in the program and much, much more 

I sincerely hope you will help me in my efforts to “raise the roof” for this critical resource.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please reach out to me at the address or phone below.


My sincerest thanks,

W. David Slaymaker, President


Send a check made out  to Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots with a memo that says “Raise the Roof.”

Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots, Inc.

P.O. Box 2219

Benton, AR 72015