GRA Gives Back: Meet Jeferson #GRA16

Every week, we will feature one of the children that the GRA Gives Back campaign is trying to help with its partnership with Palms & Souls.  We hope that these stories will show you the very real impact that our project can have for these children in Guatemala.  If you missed the partnership announcement or need ideas for how you can help, please see this post.  

Jeferson at El Buen Samaritano Community Center




Jeferson at El Buen Samaritano Community Center



Hi, My name is Jeferson Ariel Enrique Castellanos Martínez.

Age: 8 years

Grade: 2nd

Favorite Book: I like a lot of different books

What I like most about school: Spending free time with friends

Future job: Police

Favorite pastime: Soccer

What I like to do most: Playing sports with my friends

What I like most of the El Buen Samaritano: Being with the fun volunteers and Mr.

Magda, the classes, and food

Jeferson and his brother at home

Jeferson and his brother at home

Jeferson's sister in his kitchen at home

Jeferson’s sister in his kitchen at home

Jeferson's home­­­­


Jeferson’s home­­­­

Jeferson is so excited about the potential of having a library at the community center. He

likes to read, but doesn’t get an opportunity to read books very often. He is usually limited

to one page stories printed off the internet. This book drive could be a life-changer for

him. Thank you for believing and investing in Jeferson!

To see the book drive, go here.


2 thoughts on “GRA Gives Back: Meet Jeferson #GRA16

  1. Desaulniers, Kristi D says:

    Thanks so much for all you do, Pernille, with enthusiastic and genuine passion for a desire to make the world a better place. You ARE making the world a better place.

    Thanks also for this opportunity in Guatemala. As a parent of a daughter adopted from Guatemala (who is a voracious reader coincidentally – long story short: Her birth grandparents had to ‘sign’ the paper work as birth mum was under age 18 and the birth grandfather’s signature is a thumbprint due to illiteracy. Seeing his genetic offspring devour words upon words upon words has more than once moved me to tears….tears of sadness, tears of hope, tears of thankfulness…well, guess my story IS getting long☺!), thank you for bringing books into the hands of children and families in a country in need.

    Thank you,

    Kristi L. Desaulniers
    Grade 4 ~ Legacy Elementary School
    Tea Area School District
    Tea, South Dakota

    “The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return the better to thinking.”

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  2. thoughtsbykiersten says:

    We were so excited that this first week our class has already raised nearly $200, with more fundraisers planned for future weeks. The kids learn so much by putting in hard work to make this happen.

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