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WHY I GIVE: Meet Jhocelyn

For our next WHY I GIVE entry, we want to introduce you to Jhocelyn, one of our youngest donors! She’s incredibly smart and passionate about giving back, and we’re so happy she discovered us through a very millennial way – social media! 


Hi Jhocelyn! Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

A: I’m 23 years old, and I was born in Mexico. I moved to the United States when I was 3 years old.  I have 3 sisters and a brother, as well as 2 cousins who live with us at home. So, with my parents, it’s a total of 9 of us!  I am the oldest of the children and my youngest sister is 6. I’m very close to my family; I’m always calling them, I’m always bothering them. I no longer live at home with them, but whenever I have free time, I’m always driving back to visit! 

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This is just some of the family!

Q: How did you find out about Good Neighbors?

A: I discovered Good Neighbors on Tumblr. After following for a year and seeing all of the adorable photos and inspiring posts, I finally went on the website to look through all the projects. That’s when I got really excited and decided to sponsor a child! It has changed my life in amazing ways. 

Q: Tell us about the child you’re sponsoring!

A: My child’s name is Dorica, and she’s from Malawi. I instantly felt connected to her because she is the same age as my youngest sister. I grew up seeing my parents working 2 jobs, and felt like there was always this unspoken necessity to provide for us, our education, and to provide a good life, so I just felt like I wanted to do that for somebody else. My sisters and I have always been there for each other, and taken care of our family because my mom worked a lot. I can’t imagine Dorica not having the same support system. 


Jhocelyn with her 6 year old sister


6 year old Dorica – so adorable!

Q: What are some of the perks of sponsoring Dorica?

A: I love sponsoring Dorica; it’s been such a wonderful experience. It’s been really great seeing Dorica grow up at the same time as my youngest sister, and seeing similar progress in their learning curves even though they live across the world from each other. I love the letters and the pictures I receive from her, and it’s pretty neat to see my sister’s drawings and Dorica’s drawings side by side. 

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The latest drawing and letter from Dorica

Q: Would you recommend child sponsorship?

A: I would definitely recommend sponsoring a child to my friends!  A lot of my friends know that I sponsor a child, and my family of course already knows. I am sure they will eventually do it too.  Apart from it being a good thing, I feel like you get so much more in return.  What I enjoy most about sponsoring Dorica is that feeling of having some sort of significance in somebody else’s life, as well as being part of something that you know gives back to the community.


Thank you so much, Jhocelyn! Are YOU interested in learning more about child sponsorship? Check out our website here




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What better way to thank our amazing donors than with a party?! On Saturday, August 15, we held our first Donor Appreciation Event for our Orange County-based child sponsors.

We wanted to show our appreciation to our donors for not just supporting a Good Neighbors project, but also for all that they do in the lives of children around the world! Because of our child sponsors, children globally receive nutritious meals, access to education, and medical care. Again, THANK YOU to all of our supporters! See below for the video we presented to our child sponsors, and some fun photos from the event!

Our new Child Sponsorship video:


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Child Sponsorship giveaway mug

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Good Neighbors USA staff thanking our amazing child sponsorship donors

Donors having lunch

Donors having lunch

Jennifer Yang & her daughter enjoying the event

Jennifer and her daughter enjoying the event

Sung Young and his children writing letters to their sponsored child

Sung Young and his children writing letters to their sponsored child

Joshua writing a letter to his sponsored child

Joshua writing a letter to his sponsored child

Donor and Office Manager Diane with Grace and Jennifer

Donor and Office Manager Diane with Grace and Jennifer

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Haejung Lee and Jeankoo Yune


Delicious lunch buffet at Vanguard University

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Good Neighbors USA staff: Diane, Steffany, and Esther


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Namaste! My name is Surendra Pyakurel, and I am 9 years old. I live with my family in the district of Mugu, Dhainako, in Nepal. I live with my grandparents, mom, dad, and siblings.  My family members include my grandparents, father, mother, and my siblings. My favorite game is Kabardi, and I love playing it with my friends! (Kabardi is the national game of Nepal. It is usually played in groups and is similar to the game of tag.)

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I want to be a teacher when I grow up. Education is really important to me, so I want to share it with everybody else! I am so thankful that I am receiving an education because of the support of my sponsor.

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Through my sponsorship, Good Neighbors provides me with school supplies such as  notebooks and pens, and my school uniform. I also get to eat delicious meals and I get check ups at the health clinic. My family is very happy for the support that I am receiving from my sponsor. I would like to thank my sponsor for their kind support and for always caring for my needs. THANK YOU!

 Learn more about our Child Sponsorship Program by visiting our website here


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WHY I GIVE: Meet Nelson

We’re so excited to share our new blog series with you, WHY I GIVE! In these blog entries, you will meet donors and volunteers who support our projects, and learn what inspired them! 

First up, meet Nelson, an avid runner who has been supporting Good Neighbors projects since 2013.


Running for Team Good Neighbors at the 2014 LA Marathon

“It’s good to help out. And it’s even better when you help out without expecting anything in return.”

My name is Nelson, and I am from El Salvador. I’m an assistant manager at an oil change shop, where I have been for the past 9 years. I first heard about Good Neighbors through my cousin, who was working at a cafe in the same building as the organization. She saw a flyer advertising that Good Neighbors was running the LA Marathon, and told me about it, so I contacted them. I was really excited for the opportunity to run it because I had been wanting to run a marathon for a couple years but still hadn’t had the chance. I quickly joined their 2014 team to support their Project Cookstoves. In 2015, Good Neighbors was running the LA Big 5K, so I joined that team as well, in support of Project Good Sisters!

Through running with Team Good Neighbors, I soon learned about their Child Sponsorship program. I was very interested, and I’m so happy that I now sponsor Juan!

Juan Pedro, the child Nelson sponsors

The Child Sponsorship program interested me because I was raised by a single mom, and she always taught me to be generous with other people. My mom is an amazing example, because she has been sponsoring my nephew for quite some time, and the help that she has provided has helped him to be the boy that he is now. I want to be an example for Juan, just like my mom is for my nephew.

Since I’m on my own, I thought I might as well do something good. If you’re able to help out anyone else less fortunate than you, then you have to. I believe in helping your brothers and sisters; and they don’t have to be blood-related. I like to help by giving with the little bit that I have.  It’s not a sacrifice, nothing mandatory, it’s just from my heart. I feel good doing it and I’m blessed.

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Nelson and his family

People ask, “why do you do it?” Well, because  it’s good to help out. And it’s even better when you help out without expecting anything in return. Also, knowing that you’ve actually made a difference in someone else’s life is amazing, because hopefully that person will grow up and think, “I had help once.” And later on, since he had help once, he may be able to help somebody else.

My favorite part of sponsoring Juan is when I receive his photos and letters.  He seems really happy, and that makes me happy.  You never know where he was before being sponsored, how he was living, or whether he had something to eat. It makes me happy to know he now gets food everyday, and goes to school.  It feels amazing to help other people, especially someone that you know can never repay you. But as long as you know they’re having a good life for themselves, you feel happy.


I would totally recommend the Child Sponsorship program to my friends. I really value what I am doing for Juan’s future.

Thank you, Nelson, we know Juan appreciates you too and because of you, he will get a childhood full of education and happiness! Are YOU interested in learning more about our Child Sponsorship program? Visit our website here

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Meet Sweet Paty

In our new Child Sponsorship series, we will be introducing you to the children around the world in our Child Sponsorship Program who have amazing sponsors to help them with education, food, medicine, and more! First, we’d like to introduce you to Paty from Guatemala!


Hi! My name is Juana Patricia Miculax Martin, but I like to be called “Paty.” I am 9 years old and I live with my parents and 7 siblings. We live in the village of Caman, which is located in the community of Patzicia, Guatemala.  Here are a some pictures of my community that I’d like to share with you!


A beautiful view of Patzicia


Patzicia Daily Market

In my free time, I like playing with my toy dishes, listening to music, reading stories, and painting. I also love helping my mom at home. When I grow up, I want to become an Elementary school teacher. I want to teach other children that dreams do come true.

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The Good Neighbors Sponsorship program has been an awesome opportunity that I love being a part of. It has tremendously helped my family and me by providing everything I need to fulfill my education. For example, Good Neighbors provides me with school supplies, food, shoes and clothing, among many other things. With the help of my sponsor, I have realized that my dreams can come true! I’m really thankful to have a sponsor that cares for my education.

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I just wrote this letter to my sponsor!

Hello Friend,

How are you? I am very happy.

I would like to let you know that I would like to meet you very soon. I would love to go out, play, walk, and have fun with you until we get tired.

I say goodbye with infinite thanks to you for all the love and support that you have given me.

Thank you and never forget that I love you so much. Kisses!

Sincerely yours,
Juana Patricia Miculax Martin “Paty”

What a sweet letter from Paty to her sponsor! If YOU are interested in being  a part of the life of a child like her, visit us here to get more information!

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