Dear friends,

As recently canonized Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) once said, “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet to come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

When confronted with tragedy after tragedy, it is easy to become cynical – or worse, neutral – to the appalling conditions under which so many of the least of our brothers and sisters live.
In the past few months, a string of catastrophes even more immense and heartbreaking than what is typical has arisen:

  • Three tragic fires in one of the poorest and most dangerous areas of Guatemala city.
  • The damage of Santa Clara Nursery in Guatemala City, which has left hundreds of young innocent students without a daycare and school to attend while their parents work in the dump.
  • And of course, a horrific landslide in Addis Abada, Ethiopia which has taken the lives of over 113 individuals, including a 6-year-old Step by Step scholarship student.

At times like this, obstacles and challenges can seem impossible to overcome. However, here at International Samaritan, we are inspired and motivated to work harder than ever before to end garbage dump poverty and make sure that no one must live in such appalling and dangerous conditions.
Time and time again, we’ve proven that the most impactful route out of the dump is through education and quality jobs. With the help of generous people like you, we’re investing in schools, scholarships, and vocational training that create a direct pathway from despair to dignity.
Many blessings,
Oscar Dussán, President