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Robert F. Kennedy
Let no one be discouraged by the belief that there is nothing one person can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills, misery, ignorance, and violence. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation
Can there be too much of a good thing? If we were talking about ice cream or exercise sure it is possible to over do it but when it comes to advertising or promoting a business the more the better is usually the motto. So when Hilario (Ben) Campista was looking for way to encourage the local community to help support the San Felipe United for Education Foundation he wanted to offer them something of value in return for their support.
Developing an online San Felipe local business directory isn’t a novel idea. There are several already available: sanfelipe.com.mx, bajagoodlife.com and sanfelipepesosaver.com, just to name a few. Some are free, some charge a small fee. What makes this one (SanFelipeDirect.com) different?
Well to start with it is not a business per say. It a service offered strictly as a way of saying thank you to the local people and businesses that contribute to the support the Foundation. The Foundation’s primary purpose is to help local children and adults learn and use English. The Campista’s believe that being fluent in English as a second language will expand the opportunities of their students when they go out into the job market and help them better provide for themselves and their families.
By providing advertising for the local businesses, the Campistas hope to help the businesses earn more and therefore be in a better position to support the Foundation and their students. The domain name of this directory is one key feature why it is so effective. The site designers and publishers have also done their homework and put this directory “on the map” on the web.
The second feature that makes SanFelipeDirect.com unique is that is is bilingual (but of course!) so it is designed to serve both the English and Spanish speaking communities and businesses.
Neither of these points would warrant mentioning here though if it wasn’t for the good cause that this directory supports. San Felipe Foundation for United Education, in my opinion, is a work well worth supporting. If you don’t believe me, stop by some morning and sit in on the classes and see for your self. The enthusiasm of these kids as they learn English is contagious. You might find yourself wanting to stick around and help out in the classes. The children love to hear stories about life in other countries (like the US and Canada). The Foundation also offers Spanish classes if you should want to stretch your language skills.
Keep up the good work Ben & Bertha. You truly are helping write the history of this generation of young people in San Felipe.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Sometimes someone says something that just sticks. One such phrase that has been bandied about recent is “It take a village to raise a child.” A little research found that the phrase was much older it’s recent popularity. Wikipedia says: … its attribution as an “African” proverb were in circulation before it was adopted for the title of a recent book.
Just what does it take? Home and family members are primary elements. Certainly public and private schools are part of the combination. The question is: Is that enough? Hilario and Bertha Campista don’t think so. They looked around San Felipe and saw many children facing a life-time struggle for survival and asked themselves what can we do to help? Their own experience told them that speaking English would improve their opportunities when these children finished school and set out to look for work. They also knew that even though English is taught in the local schools, very few children develop that skill to a level where it is useful in their daily lives. Like most of us who studied a language in our youth, lack of use and practice leads to the the skill falling by the wayside undeveloped.
In an effort to remedy this, the Campistas started Fundación San Felipe Unidos por La Educación, an English study hall where children could come in their free time to practice their English in a fun, non-threatening environment. They could also get help with studies or use the internet to complete their school assignments. Classes are intermingled with fun activities and sessions are sometimes augmented by stories shared by English speaking visitors. Where we might imagine it would be difficult to get kids to “go to school” before or after their regular school sessions, instead we find the Study Hall bursting at the seams with eager participants.
The Campistas however are only two people, they are not a village. They can’t do it all on their own. They need volunteers who are willing to get involved. People who can spare an hour or two a week to come tell their own stories to the children or put their own language studies to work by practicing their Spanish while helping the children learn English. They also need people who are able to help sponsor the children’s classes. Families who are able pay a small fee for the English classes but many of the children are on “scholarships”. They need patrons to subsidize these scholarships. They need teachers or volunteers to help with the classes so the children can get the personalize attention.
Additionally, the Campistas do teach Spanish classes for a very reasonable fee and also conduct English classes for adults and these classes help support the school and their basic living expenses but since the Campistas are committed to this project full time, they need your financial support. If you can’t or don’t feel lead to get involved personally in the children’s classes perhaps you can help with a monthly donation? It’s not nearly as rewarding believe me but it is an important contribution none-the-less.
Remember YOU need to be part of our little village of San Felipe to make a difference.