Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, the principal funder of Centro de Esperanza Infantil, the largest non-profit provider of direct education support to children and young adults in Oaxaca, Mexico, announces the hiring of Andrea Catalano as executive director.
Catalano has an extensive background in public health and social justice, having served in management and advisory roles for government and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Her principal focus at Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots will be on strategic planning, fund-raising, and collaboration with organizations that share its goals.
“I am thrilled to join the team at Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots,” said Catalano, “and build on its incredible work and advance into the future.”
Dave Slaymaker, president of the board of directors of Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, said, “Andrea brings us a wealth of experience in non-profit management and an energetic passion for taking on challenges. We couldn’t be more pleased that she’s agreed to join us.
Founded in 1996 with the purpose of underwriting education for marginalized children in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s poorest states, Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots is a U.S. 501(c)(3) that supports Centro de Esperanza Infantil (CEI), a Mexican non-profit that provides education funding and other services, from meals to psychological counseling, to more than 650 children and young adults. CEI operates a center in downtown Oaxaca and recently opened its first satellite facility in Xoxocotlán, an adjacent community.
Catalano, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, holds a Master of Public Health from Emory University. She spent three year with the Peace Corps in Honduras, working as a health educator, and one year in the Dominican Republic as the Director of Clinical Programs for Health Horizons International. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Centro de Esperanza Infantil, A.C., the largest non-profit provider of direct education support to children and young adults in Oaxaca, on September 10 will inaugurate its first satellite center, Casa Emilie.
The center, located in Xoxocotlán, home to about a third of the more than 500 families supported by CEI, is named after the late Emilie Steiner of Berkeley, Calif., whose husband, Dr. Herb Steiner, through his family foundation, last year made a substantial decade-long grant to CEI’s U.S. funding partner, Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots.
Founded in 1999, Centro de Esperanza Infantil underwrites the education of nearly 700 children and young people in the city of Oaxaca and surrounding communities by paying the costs of inscriptions, uniforms, shoes, backpacks and school materials. At its original center on Calle Crespo #308, CEI also provides psychological, computer, and food services.
Casa Emilie will focus on after-school and weekend tutorial services, educational activities and field trips, medical and psychological counseling, and support for parents.
“On behalf of Centro de Esperanza Infantil,” said Dr. Martha Canseco, president of the CEI board of directors, “I want to thank Emilie and Herbert Steiner for their love of Oaxaca. As Oaxaca has grown, so has the need we address. Thanks to their generosity, we can bring our services to where our families live.”
Dave Slaymaker, president of the Board of Directors of Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, added, “The Steiner family is making a long-term commitment to the welfare of Oaxaca’s neediest children. This level of support will sustain for years the good work done by CEI.”
The inauguration of Casa Emilie will take place at 12 p.m., September 10, at Francisco Goya Insurgentes 33, Cabecera Municipal Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán. Present will be representatives of the Steiner family; President Dr. Martha Canseco; President Dave Slaymaker; the coordinator of Casa Emilie, Julieta Zarate Playas; CEI families and students; and members of the boards of directors of Centro de Esperanza and Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots.