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11 July 2016 Maria Conceicao announces her next challenge. 

Feedback of Sonia Ferreira that did a quick visit to Bangladesh and MCF. Nothing prepares you for the extreme poverty, that hurts your heart and soul, for being so cruel and unfair and that changes you, forever… This was my feeling after my first visit to Bangladesh, it felt like as I had been ripped out from a world where, despite some difficulties, there is always someone willing to help and support so that everybody can have minimum survival conditions, to a world where there is absolutely nothing, for many children. Where there is no home, no food, nothing to wear and the only purpose to many children is just to survive another day… That was when I discovered the Maria Cristina Foundation and the amazing work they developed with many of these children, giving them, besides everything else, the ability to dream and to believe they can become whoever they desire to be. I have meet one of these children in my return to Bangladesh recently, that shared his impressive story, similar to many of the other children supported by this project, that fought against all odds to become the best they can be, full of dreams and will to learn, eager to live the life they now know that it is possible. “We are the kids of Maria”, he said, in a perfect English, in a speech full of kindness and gratitude, contagious enthusiasm and a his eyes full of dreams. It is know our job to make sure we can help make those dreams a reality.

I do need help – lots of it. I’m looking for skilled people to help in fundraising. We are a small organisation and we need help – plain and simple. The project is my world, but it isn’t a world I want to keep to myself. Although the project was my vision, I need people to make it their vision too.

Milon (11) has been with us since the beginning. On the top right is the way we found him. His mother was sick with #tuberculosis at the time, so he was left to his own devices. We admitted Milon at #nursery and now he is already a clever young man in 5th grade. Milon was brought up by his mother. Milon's father left and married another woman when the boy was just 3 months old. Being a single mother in the slum society is complex as it is normally the men who go out to work while women stay at home to take care of the home and children. In a very unfortunate turn of events, Milon was recently abandoned by his mother as well. She married another man, who does not accept Milon. We don’t know the full story and we don’t know what is going through Milon’s mother’s mind or why she decided to marry someone, who does not accept her child. Maybe she found it difficult to continue as a single mother, to live in debt. Maybe she thinks Milon is better off without her. Maybe she will find refuge in a marriage, where she will be taken care of by her husband. It is not up to us to judge. Our first and foremost concern is Milon and his wellbeing. Milon is desperate to continue going to #school. He is extremely resilient despite his devastating circumstances and smiles shyly. He loves #cricket and tries to find some time to practice his bowling with his friends. He has big dreams: he wants to become a #pilot. Please help us help Milon. A neighbouring family has taken him in at the moment and are willing to look after Milon if we help them with 3000 Bangladeshi Taka (USD 40) a month and school transport (75 cents a day). Please write to us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org if you can help. Please share this post to make sure we find the help we need for Milon.

These are students who don’t yet have a sponsor. If you wish to sponsor one of them, please e-mail us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org. The fees for 2017 are: Grade 1-8: $1,000 Grade 9-10: $1,250 Grade 11-12: $1,500 We encourage sponsors to commit till the end of the student’s education and build a relationship with them in order to avoid anyone having to drop out of school after years of studying. However, we do realise that circumstances change and you may not be able to sponsor a student for longer than a year. Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2 Thank you for your support - we could not help these students without you!

Is there anyone out here who has extensive knowledge of Google accounts and can help us with our Google for business account? We have a small issue with e-mail accounts that we need help with. Please let us know if you can lend us 10 minutes of your time!

Did you know that Maria Conceicao is available for speaking engagements? Get in touch if you want you and your team to be inspired, motivated and filled with new energy! More info and fees here: mariacristinafoundation.org/speaking-engagements/

Writer needed to write the personal stories of our children. Needs to be able to travel to Bangladesh.

"Sponsoring a student is a very rewarding experience. You make a friend for life." Sponsoring a student could not be easier. Get in touch today to get started. Meet the 14 students that still need a sponsor: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MariaCristinaFoundation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1537275789622825

A big THANK YOU to Café de Españolas de Dubai and Marian Munoz for your generous donation! Find out more about what we do and make your contribution here: http://mariacristinafoundation.org/

Alamin (17) must be the most curious student at the Maria Cristina Foundation. His insatiable #curiosity about everyone and everything means he asks a lot of questions, which in turn means he knows a lot more than an average Bangladeshi school kid. He can tell you about European #history, introduce you to the most popular #Bollywood films and tell you all about how a combustion engine works all in one breath. Alamin is also a keen photographer (whenever he has a visitor’s camera to use!) and has an eye for detail. However, he is not interested in becoming a photographer. He wants to be a businessman and open an import-export business. He doesn’t yet know what he wants to import and export, but he is adamant that he will not be exporting garments. “Entering garments business in Bangladesh is easy. There are too many factories. I want to make something different. Bangladesh has much more than garments industry and I want to make sure everyone knows it,” he explains. He also wants to build a 5 star hotel in #Dhaka to accommodate all the tourists he will bring into the country soon! Alamin lives with his mother Shokina Begum, who works as a maid and earns about $50 per month, of which about $40 is paid for rent for their one-room home. Alamin’s father is not around. Alamin says he had Alzheimer’s and one day just did not return home, but nobody knows what the truth is. Alamin has taken it in his stride and carries on helping his mother as much as he can, attending school and getting excellent results, much thanks to his insatiable curiosity and natural ease around people. Alamin is a true citizen of the world and goes to show that one does not need to live in one of the world’s cosmopolitans to be worldly wise. Make your contribution to help bright minds like Alamin fulfil their goals: mariacristinafoundation.org/donate-2

On International Women’s Day we want to introduce you to one of our brightest stars: Madhobi (17). She is a strong advocate for women’s rights and believes that girls must and can be independent when they are educated. “I don’t want to depend on my future husband or my parents. I can study, I can work and I can take care of myself just like my brothers.” Madhobi shares a 1-bedroom apartment with 5 other people: her mother (tailor), father (garments worker), grandmother, elder sister and younger brother. Compared to many others in the community, her home is in a very good condition: there’s space, a secure front door and good washing and cooking facilities. Her family is a great example of what perseverance, working together towards a goal and being focused can achieve. They are supportive of her education and have provided her a comfortable environment to succeed at school. Madhobi herself is soft-spoken yet confident. She is articulate, eloquent and sharp-minded. To be so bold in her thinking and actions in the predominantly male-dominated environment she lives in takes real courage. We are so pleased to have been able to help Madhobi for the past 11 years and cannot wait to see what she goes on to achieve when she graduates from high school next year. When we ask her what she wants to become, her answer is adept: “I want to be successful.” #BeBoldForChange #womensday2017

Ahead of International Women's Day we want to emphasise the importance of an education for young #girls and #women. #Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage. 52% of girls are married before the age of 18 (UNICEF). It is an epidemic. We are proud of our girls, who face a daily fight against societal norms and whose perseverance is incredible in the face of a culture which deems marrying at the age of 13 entirely normal. About half of our students are girls. They are girls that dare to #dream big and see themselves achieving much more than the roles prescribed to them by their communities. Thank you to everyone, who has donated. Your contribution is helping girls achieve more. Please consider making a regular #donation, so we can better plan for the #future and make sure all our students, girls and boys, will successfully graduate from high school and find their place in the world, out of slums and #poverty. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pJk6M5LgCg

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These students still need a sponsor to attend school. Give what you can - sponsor a student for a whole year or make a small contribution. You WILL make a difference. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1537275789622825.1073741864.308831479133935&type=1&l=a38656c81b

PolarExplorers, who organise expeditions to the North Pole, have 2 places available for an expedition to Longyearbyen, Norway in April. PolarExplorers will donate 10 000 EUR to Maria Cristina Foundation on behalf of each participant joining for us. Get in touch for prices, dates and details on this opportunity of a lifetime: marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org

Runa is 8 years old and studies under the Maria Cristina Foundation’s scholarship in 1st grade. Layers of colourful fabric cover the wooden board on the earth floor, where Runa sleeps alongside her mother Rina (26), father (construction worker, 27 or 28), and her elder brother, Rana (10). This will also be where Rina will give birth to her third child in the coming weeks. She is nervous as she has suffered several pains in her stomach, and with no access to healthcare her neighbours will assist in the delivery. Taking up most of the space in their room, the bed is where the newborn will sleep and where Runa and her brother will complete their homework. Runa has a beaming smile and exudes a charming air of fun and mischievousness, and her mother describes her as ‘very naughty, but getting more polite’. Runa has clear aspirations for the future. She dreams of becoming a police officer. Her mother Rina is ‘very pleased’ her daughter is supported by MCF as otherwise she would invariably be working in a garments factory. Having finished local school aged 12, Rina says : “I don’t want my children to face the same problems I have faced.” Having lived here for three years, the family would like to move from their current house but can’t afford to do so. They say the area is dirty, over crowded with poor quality housing. During rainy season, the slum will flood, there is no clean water supply and the families resort to raising their beds from the ground with bricks. Despite the challenges of living in an informal slum, the family does what they can to make life more comfortable for their children. Runa, with her lively character and unwavering optimism is a testament to her parents’ efforts. With education, she will not only have a happy childhood, but will go on to become an educated young lady with many more possibilities than her parents could ever provide. Donate now to create change in the lives of children like Runa: http://mariacristinafoundation.org/donate-2/

We need to raise $1,000 for school uniforms. Please send all donations directly to Cambrian School in Dhaka via money transfer. Details: Mohammad Mahabubur Rahman (financial director of Cambrian School), mobile number: 01720557161. We can issue receipts once we receive the funds.

The beneficiaries of charity are often considered different from those able to give to charities. But in fact, we are all the same. The children and teenagers we help have the same dreams, aspirations, problems and tantrums as any child in the developed world would. The children we are helping are no different to yours. You now have the opportunity to ‘meet’ our students to get to know them better and to understand how Maria Cristina Foundation is changing their lives. Please share, like, comment and most importantly, donate. Meet Hosne (sitting on the right with her sisters and cousins). Hosne is 16 and has been a part of MCF family since 2005. She is now finishing 10th grade and will be starting 11th this summer. Hosne’s parents used to be farmers, before they made the move to #Dhaka to look for better opportunities. After years of trying to make the ends meet, they returned to their village since they can no longer work and support their children. Hosne now lives with her 18-year old sister and 23-year old brother, who take care of the #family. Her brother does some independent work as an electrician, but the main financial responsibility falls on the shoulders of Hosne’s sister, who works in a garments factory. She has 6 siblings altogether. Her two younger sisters go to a local school and three older sisters work at garment factories. Hosne’s #home is a room shared by 7 other family members: he sister’s husband and children also stay there with Hosne’s other siblings. Despite the lack of space and facilities for doing her homework, Hosne is extremely focused on her studies and will let nothing shake her confidence. She’s quiet, but determined; kind-hearted, but not weak. She dreams of a better life outside the Gawair slum area and wants to provide a better life for her parents. “Nobody helped my parents go to school, so I am responsible for sharing this gift with them,” she says humbly. mariacristinafoundation.org/donate-2

Happy Valentine's from us and our students in Dhaka! Show your love by sponsoring a student today: mariacristinafoundation.org/donate-2/

Throughout January and February, our volunteers have been facilitating several workshops on personal and professional development for our children. These sessions have covered many different themes, such as problem solving, leadership skills, language proficiency, CV preparation, reproductive health and sex ed. and even yoga! As usually, our children never cease to amaze us with their eagerness to learn, willIngness to be a part of the workshops and overall incredible abilities! It's amazing to be part of this movement, we hope you will be a part of it too! Help, share, be a part of the wave of change! Make dreams come true: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2

These are students who don’t yet have a sponsor. If you wish to sponsor one of them, please e-mail us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org. The fees for 2017 are: Grade 1-8: $1,000 Grade 9-10: $1,250 Grade 11-12: $1,500 We encourage sponsors to commit till the end of the student’s education and build a relationship with them in order to avoid anyone having to drop out of school after years of studying. However, we do realise that circumstances change and you may not be able to sponsor a student for longer than a year. Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2 Thank you for your support - we could not help these students without you!

This is Tania Akter. She was forced by her desperate family to quit school and go to work in a garments factory for the past 3+ weeks. She will not be able to continue her studies unless someone comes forward willing to support her with school transport, food and house rent. She will continue to need help, so we are hoping to find her a part time tutoring job after school, so she can at least cover her rent or school transport. But she will need help for 2 - 3 months until that happens. It is really frustrating that Tania is put in this situation by her family, but this is how it is, this is why these communities are stuck in a cycle of poverty. Anyone willing to help, please inbox us here or email marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org or make a donation for Tania here: justgiving.com/maria-cristina

Dear friends and supporters, We are in the process of registering as a charity in the United Arab Emirates and need 21 UAE citizens to form the Board of Directors in order to complete the process. It is a unique opportunity to contribute to the Year of Giving in 2017 and be a part of a well-renowned charity making a real difference in the lives of children we are helping. The UAE registration is required for us to fundraise in the country and comply with local rules and regulations. Board of directors are unpaid and the main responsibilities of the board are: ▪ Collectively deciding on the strategy for the charity at the annual meeting ▪ Collectively deciding on any major decisions, including: employment of senior managers and key staff, annual budget and objectives ▪ Ensuring that general governance is managed for the charity, i.e. upholding good standards and following all local laws ▪ The board is not expected to be involved in the day-to-day running of the Foundation ▪ The roles of directors will be detailed and made clear in the Articles of Association, which will have to be approved by the board. If you are interested or know anyone that could be, please contact us. Don't miss this opportunity to create real change and serve in a purposeful position! Warm regards, Maria

We have worked in the Gawair community in Dhaka for nearly 12 years. The positive changes we have seen are immense. Parents have found employment, children have been spared from a life working in garment factories, girls have been saved from child marriages. Over 600 young boys and girls have had a chance to obtain a quality education. Children, who 12 years ago were aimlessly roaming around the streets have graduated from high school and are going to university. REAL CHANGE has happened. We need your help to keep the momentum going. Here is what we need to raise in the next 10 years: mariacristinafoundation.org/MCFoundation/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Cambrian-tuition-fees-2017-2026.pdf EVERY contribution will help. Let no child be confined to a life in poverty.

23 of our children missed 3 weeks of school so far because we do not have the funds to submit them for the new school year. Please dig deep if there is anyway you can help or if you know if someone who could help. If you wish to sponsor one of them, please e-mail us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org. The fees for 2017 are: Grade 1-8: $1,000 Grade 9-10: $1,250 Grade 11-12: $1,500 We encourage sponsors to commit till the end of the student’s education and build a relationship with them in order to avoid anyone having to drop out of school after years of studying. However, we do realise that circumstances change and you may not be able to sponsor a student for longer than a year. Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/donate-2/ Thank you for your support - we could not help these students without you!

YEAR OF GIVING 2017 We are looking for UAE citizens to join our Board of Directors! Are you passionate about ending poverty and changing the lives of the children living in the forgotten slums? Do you have the skills that could support and enhance the Board here at Maria Cristina Foundation? If the answer to these questions is 'yes' and you would relish contributing to the strategic decision making of the charity then you are the person for us! We are looking for experienced trustees with a sound knowledge of either legal, human resources, finance or international programmes. If you have one or a combination of these skills we would love to hear from you. Please send your CV and cover letter to marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org to apply.

25 of our children are still eagerly waiting for a sponsor who will help them go to school in 2017. Help us answer their prayers by sponsoring a child. Email us to find out how at enquiries@mariacristinafoundation.org. More details on how to donate at http://mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2

Bangladesh adventures, day 4 Just the other day, we had the privilege of being invited to Ejtema, a national day of prayer in which people come together to give thanks, atone for their sins and ask for a better life for themselves and their families. It was a deeply spiritual and moving experience for all of us, which made us feel like part of the community and truly blessed to be there to take part in such a special moment. At the end, we all shared what we felt and what we prayed for. Some prayed for peace, some prayed for love and some prayed for wealth. MCF children said they prayed for only one thing: education. 30 of our children are still eagerly waiting for a sponsor who will help them go to school in 2017. Help us answer their prayers by sponsoring a child. Email us to find out how at enquiries@mariacristinafoundation.org. More details on how to donate at http://mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2

Bangladesh adventures, day 2 it's been a really frustrating couple of weeks. The new school year started in Bangladesh, but we do not have enough money to admit all our children. There are many moments that are so emotional or stressful that I question why I started this project 12 years ago. There are 30 students who don’t yet have a sponsor! If you wish to sponsor one of them, please e-mail us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org. The fees for 2017 are: Grade 1-8: $1,000 Grade 9-10: $1,250 Grade 11-12: $1,500 We encourage sponsors to commit till the end of the student’s education and build a relationship with them in order to avoid anyone having to drop out of school after years of studying. However, we do realise that circumstances change and you may not be able to sponsor a student for longer than a year. Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/donate/ Thank you for your support - we could not help these students without you!

it's been a really frustrating couple of weeks.the new school year started in Bangladesh but we do not have enough money to submit all our children. Thank you so much to Paul, Dion and Tim Mace, some heroes who have come forward to either make substantial donations or created efforts in seeking donations within their networks, this has helped us submit at least 7 more children to study for another year.Its people like you who continue to give me hope. There are many moments that are so emotional or stressful that I question why did I start this project 12 years ago. Thanks to your help we are getting there.

SO FRUSTRATED NO LONGER KNOW WHAT TO DO School year 2017 in Bangladesh has started and kids missed two weeks of school. We have been able to find sponsors for most of our students, but 51 students are still in need of your help. We urgently need help to put them back to school, so they can continue to study and ultimately have better lives. Don't let all their previous efforts be in vain. Meet the students and contact us if you have any questions. The process of sponsoring a student is quick, easy and transparent. Don't let these 51 children miss another day of school - act now! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH YOUR FRIENDS , WORK COLLEAGUES, FAMILY.

Each new trip to Dhaka comes with some of the best and some of the worst feelings in the world. After one week with our amazing children, we are again reminded of their unique personalities, their everlasting smiles and their unwavering strength and faith in MCF. After a very intense session, in which we had to explain to the children that not all of them are assured an education this year, we were faced with silence, followed by teary eyes and some very emotional reactions. But in the end, the answer was unanimous: "We know you can do it, we believe we will be allowed to study this year”. Now I ask you what they told me: Can we really do it? The answer is also unanimous: not without your help. We will be in Dhaka for 20 more days, and another volunteer will then take over. Keep following our posts for all the latest news. We thank all sponsors for their great help, we could never do this without all of you. As for those considering donating to MCF, please know that now is the time. We are counting on you! Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2

SAD UPDATES Dear MCF friends and sponsors We are struggling badly an extraordinary under statement of the year as 51 of our children may have to discountinue school this year. It's a terrible situation, that affects all the community, people who can see their kids' bright future going down the drain. Unfortunately, we already had some parents pressuring their kids to find a job in a garments factory, because they can't go to school this year. What used to be happy smiles of kids going to school are now tears of kids forced into childhood labor. And all we can do is hope that we can reach enough kind-hearted people to stop this from happening. The kids already missed a week of schoo. This is a desperate countdown and we can only count on each of you. Please help our children stay in school! There are 56 students who don’t yet have a sponsor ! If you wish to sponsor one of them, please e-mail us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org. The fees for 2017 are: Grade 1-8: $1,000 Grade 9-10: $1,250 Grade 11-12: $1,500 We encourage sponsors to commit till the end of the student’s education and build a relationship with them in order to avoid anyone having to drop out of school after years of studying. However, we do realise that circumstances change and you may not be able to sponsor a student for longer than a year. Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/donate/ Thank you for your support - we could not help these students without you!

Free Aramex shipping of Maria's book "A Woman on Top of the World" will help use raise more funds to educate children in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Book available here: justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/maria-cristina/womanontopoftheworld AramexItForward" target = "_blank">#AramexItForward #Entry

One of our volunteers has just arrived in Bangladesh to teary-eyed children and desperate mothers and fathers. Currently, 56 of our children will have to stay out of school this year. It's a terrible situation that affects the whole community: people see their kids' bright future going down the drain. Unfortunately, we already had some parents pressuring their kids to find a job in a garments factory, because they can't go to school this year. What used to be happy smiles of kids going to school are now tears of kids forced into childhood labor. All we can do is hope that we can reach enough kind-hearted people to stop this from happening. The kids already missed a week of school. This is a desperate countdown and we can only rely on each of you. Please help our children stay in school! There are 56 students who don’t yet have a sponsor yet. If you wish to sponsor one of them, please e-mail us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org and meet the students here: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/meet-the-students The fees for 2017 are: Grade 1-8: $1,000 Grade 9-10: $1,250 Grade 11-12: $1,500 Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2 Thank you for your support - we could not help these students without you!

All the children passed 2016 school year. Some of them did amazing and got top grades, some of them struggled, some of them could have done better. There is lots to work to do to improve in 2017, but ultimately the kids did well and in the face of so many daily struggles they managed to get through another school year and we are very proud of them. Thank you so much to sponsors and everybody who supported us in 2016. In 2017 we will work even harder to make the year even greater. One of our main objectives in 2017 is to really push the families to become more independent, eventually we will reach the end of this project and the community will be full of educated independent families who will build a better future for Bangladesh.

Please note that despite our very nice website and excellent press reports about our work, we are not a large organization. In fact, we are extremely limited on human resources and always struggle to keep up with work, but we are happy to admit this as it means our costs are extremely low and your donations are not used to cover overheads. So please be understanding as we are not always able to give quick answers to your questions or answer your queries. If you have a question please check our website first and if the information you seek is not there contact us on marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Currently, for operational work and admin there is only one person working full time and one part time.

These are students who don’t yet have a sponsor. If you wish to sponsor one of them, please e-mail us at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org. The fees for 2017 are: Grade 1-8: $1,000 Grade 9-10: $1,250 Grade 11-12: $1,500 We encourage sponsors to commit till the end of the student’s education and build a relationship with them in order to avoid anyone having to drop out of school after years of studying. However, we do realise that circumstances change and you may not be able to sponsor a student for longer than a year. Please share and help us make sure none of these bright children will lose their chance to break the cycle of poverty through education. Please make a donation here: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2 Thank you for your support - we could not help these students without you!

Make a commitment for 2017 to sponsor a student. The graduation of 12 students in 2016 showed what a transformational effect education can have on a person's life. Children we found in the slum 12 years ago, dressed in rags and begging for a living, are now studying in world-class universities. Our support and their hard work has paid off and eliminated desperate poverty from their lives. There are 78 young people waiting to turn their lives around. They depend on you for that chance. Donate now: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2 or get in touch at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org to find out more.

A prosperous, joyful and peaceful new year from the Maria Cristina Foundation and our 131 children in Dhaka. Why not start the new year with a good deed: sponsor a student and give them a gift of education - you WILL change a life! mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2

We are low on finances for 2017. Please get in touch if you would like to continue supporting a child or start supporting a child. 92 children will drop out of school without your help. The girls will be forced to get married or work at garment factories, the boys will get jobs as rickshaw pullers or day labourers. These children are capable of so much more. I want to express my sincerest gratitude for your support. Let's continue changing lives in 2017! If you wish to change a life in 2017 or make a donation: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2 Don't forget that sharing and raising awareness is as important as giving financially! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L6Y9h6IiBY&feature=youtu.be

A big heartfelt THANK YOU to Georges Karout for a very generous donation towards education fees 2017. We are so thankful for sponsors like you! There are still 92 students that need a sponsor. Get in touch at marketing@mariacristinafoundation.org if you wish to change a life in 2017 or make a donation: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2. Thank you.

Today we have received one of the best Christmas gifts we could have wished for. Kajal gave Maria a surprise visit to give MCF an extremely generous donation (probably his one month salary). He said that he'd been wanting to contribute for a very long time as a way of thanking Maria Cristina Foundation for changing his life. However, as the only earner in his family he wasn't able to until now. After over 3 years in Dubai he got his first decent pay rise and the first thing he did was to go see Maria. When MCF help people with education or training and employment, we never put conditions on them, but we always hope that they come to the conclusion that they should pay it forward to help others when they are ready. Kajel has also helped others in his village with medical treatments, food etc and is now helping MCF. We couldn't be prouder. Read his story below. Don't forget to make your own contribution: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2

May your holiday season be granted with more wishes than you can count for ! #christmas via Ripl.com

As the year nears its end we take a breath and look back at everything that has happened and take stock of successes, joys and disappointments. As expected from an international charity competing for compassion, funds and understanding amongst so many deserving causes, we have had a tough, yet rewarding year. We are proud to have put 131 children through another year of quality education. We now face the tough task of telling students without a sponsor that they are unable to continue in 2017. We have until the beginning of January to find a sponsor for the 80 students who don't yet have confirmed sponsors for the next academic year, starting in January 2017. We are no longer able to enrol students without paying their fees upfront. If you, your friends, colleagues or family members want to truly change a young person's life, please get in touch to sponsor a student or consider making a donation: mariacristinafoundation.org/en/donate-2 Have a wonderful holiday season. From all of us at Maria Cristina Foundation!