On April 18, 2022, a group of individual private donors, as well as their family members and a few AVSI-USA staff, set out on a “Come & See” trip to Oaxaca, Mexico, to visit the Crecemos DIJO Center. The trip was a long time coming. It was originally scheduled for October 2020. Now, 18 months later, it was finally happening. Yet, after two years in a world substantially changed by the pandemic, some of us couldn’t help but wonder if we should be taking this trip at all.
During the cold month of December, while still largely stuck at home and with fewer than usual opportunities to be together, a number of individuals, families and friends decided to work together on a common initiative: raising awareness and funds for AVSI projects. Most groups made crafts of one kind or another and hosted sales or even went door to door. Another group of friends launched an on-line cooking class. People of all ages joined in, adults as well as kids as young as 5-years old, giving of their time, creativity and above all their love.