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An Invitation to Charity: Meet Crecemos from Mexico in DC, NYC

Mexico-Dancing-MGuadalupe260x190What is the nature of charity, and is it still needed? This year, the United Nations declared September 5th to be the first International Day of Charity, in commemoration of the death of Blessed Mother Teresa fifteen years ago. The witness of her life continues to influence our world, reminding us that poverty is not the lack of material things but an absence of meaning and hope. Still, in today's globalized world of instant contact, technological transformation and dedication to returns on investment, we might be tempted to ponder whether charity is even relevant today.

In the colonial city of Oaxaca, Mexico, the women and men of the non-profit organization Crecemos (meaning Growing Together in Spanish), have, like Mother Teresa, let their lives be shaped by solidarity with others. In 2013, Crecemos celebrates its 20 years of dedicated service. On this occasion, AVSI-USA has invited María Socorro del Río, Executive Director of Crecemos, to share her experience with our friends, old and new.

Mexico-Crecemos-logo-meet-Crecemos120x160A series of events in Washington DC and New York City introduced AVSI and Crecemos to a wider audience of friends interested in a different approach to philanthropy and development, an approach that engages you directly and speaks to the heart of life.

The events were festive celebrations of Crecemos and the rich cultural traditions of Oaxaca, Mexico. Guests enjoyed the sights, sounds and tastes of Mexico, enlivened by stories of lives changed by a method that centers on the person and starts from the positive within any circumstance.

Speakers probed the reason for celebration. Their witnesses of solidarity with the poor and disadvantaged showed how charity is a path to experience true freedom, possible also for you and me.

Jackie Aldrette, AVSI-USA, presented and opportunities for future engagement with Crecemos and many attendees asked questions on how to make the most of their involvement.

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RSVP to join us in Washington DC on Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013, 6-8 pm



RSVP to join us in New York, NY on Friday, Oct 4, 2013, 7-9 pm



A closer look at Crecemos:


20th Anniversary Video

Photo gallery  


See the AVSI-USA profile of Crecemos-DIJO