Blog: A new year has begun!

A New School Year Has Begun!

A new year has started at the Acorn Childcare Center! We are welcoming back some familiar faces from last year and are helping some new children to feel part of this caring community.

One of these children is Fernando André, who turns 3 next month. He lives with his mother and 5 relatives in a small rented house, about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the Center in a very rural community.

Fernando André’s mother, Cinthia, became pregnant when she was 16 years old before she had finished high school. Her boyfriend left when he learned that she was pregnant, so Fernando André has never had any relationship with his father.

With the help of her grandmother, Cinthia finished high school and graduated from public college with a teaching degree in early education. Although it is her dream to work as a teacher, it has been hard to find work locally. Her current job selling school supplies requires her to work 10 hours a day, 7 days a week leaving very little time to share with her son.

Cinthia applied to the Acorn Childcare Center because of recommendations from families of former students. She urgently needs childcare while she works long hours and she is very excited to have this opportunity for her son to get a good start on his education.

From his first day, Fernando André adapted very easily to the routines at the Center. He behaves very well and is very happy because he has found new friends and enjoys having so many activities that are appropriate for his age and interests.

Cinthia and her grandmother, who brings him to and from the Center every day, are very happy and filled with hope for his future.

Because of your generosity, the Acorn Childcare Center is able to give young students like Fernando André a better start despite their economic and family difficulties. Thank you!


Every donation helps ensure that we can continue transforming the lives of families facing extreme poverty.

Maya Childcare Inc is run entirely by volunteers, thus 100% of your donation goes directly to the Acorn Childcare Center.

The fact that the Acorn Childcare Centre is able to offer such crucial, life-changing support to children and families living in extreme poverty, is thanks to the work and the generosity of many people, doing and giving what they can to help. Every contribution matters, and together all these efforts make a huge difference.

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