I am writing this letter to all of you from my kitchen nook, across from me my second daughter Sabrina is quietly drawing. Behind her is the hallway that leads to the bedrooms of my oldest daughter Camille and my baby son Luca. We are in Vitoria, Espirito Santo Brazil. Suddenly it hits me, how much time has passed since I've seen many of you, since we started this project together, and since my older brother, Love, died. It's been almost 7 years since I've left the Bay Area and 12 years in January since my brother passed. And yet, after all this time and distance, you have stayed dedicated to this cause.
I really am quite speechless. Awestruck at what you have done for The Books for Love Project and how much you've helped the children in Palindan,Ibaan Batangas and even the children of Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Many of these children are now adults and I'd like to think that our contributions have somehow influenced their lives in one way or another. And that they are now also helping others around them. This is what I'd like to believe.
On behalf of my growing family and my brother's memory, thank you for your kindness and for continually supporting Books for Love.
Happy Holidays to all!
Lorena Ortega Gutierrez #104