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Kids Helping Kids

In the past few months, three different groups of young people have taken the initiative to help children at Mission Santa Maria. We are inspired by their kindness and thank them for their example and generosity!


The Spanish Honors class at Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado held a fundraiser  to help our scholarship program, raising $200. Their teacher, Susie Powers Cheshire, volunteered at the Mission five years ago and encouraged her students to help other kids their age attend school.


Daniella Russotti recently had her 9th birthday

and, instead of asking for presents, she asked her friends and family to send donations to Mission Santa Maria. This simple act of selflessness raised $315, which means Daniella and her friends will be sending two children to school this coming year.


The Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School Spanish Class in Summit, NJ recently had a fundraiser organized by their teacher Tim Margiotta. The Spanish classes were given sponsor sheets and invited to ask friends, family, and neighbors to participate in the Mission Santa Maria Challenge and donate to help the students in Ecuador.  Combined the students raised $3,703.40!

Summit Students presenting the check to MSM in the school theater

The generosity and enthusiasm of these young people will help us expand our grade school and university scholarship programs in Ecuador. Thank you to everyone involved in these fundraising efforts! If you are interested in organizing your own fundraiser, please contact us at