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New Hope For Migrants In Florida

Lillian Fanjul de AzquetaPresident, New Hope Charities There I found the love of Jesus and Mary so strong in my heart, and telling me: I have given you so much and what have you done for me? So I decided that I was going to change my life and give it all to working for the poor and the needy in the name of Mary and Jesus. Lillian Fanjul is originally from Cuba but she has been living in Florida for the last 50 years. When she came back from the pilgrimage, she started to pack food for the migrant workers. But she soon realized it was the children of the migrants who were the most in need. Lillian Fanjul de Azqueta President, New Hope Charities FoundationWe have an after-school program. When we saw that the children had no place to go after school, we bussed them into a centre where they do their homework and sports. We have a day care centre because the parents were working and they were leaving their children locked up in the houses or lying on the field where they picked up the tomatoes or whatever. We have a clinic to help the sick, and the parents learning English as a second language and different things that have grown. What?s next for Lillian Fanjul? She is an enterprising woman who will not settle for what she has accomplished so far. Lillian Fanjul de Azqueta President, New Hope Charities FoundationMy next project is to help as many people as I can, to help as many children as I can, to have an education. I believe that if you have health and education you are doing what God puts you here to do. And that?s why she has expanded her work to the Dominican Republic, where she has opened an AIDS prevention center and a vocational school for teenagers, to give them the skills for the job market.