This article was written by Spirit of America for the Afghan Children’s School Project Monthly Newsletter.
The Afghan Children's School Project wouldn't be possible without the incredible work of our volunteers! Whether you are organizing a collection drive in your community, individually donating supplies, contributing money or simply helping to spread the word to your friends and family about our work, it all adds up to help make our efforts to supply Afghan schools a success. We are delighted to share with you the story of one volunteer who has already done some amazing work in her community on behalf of ACSP...and she is just getting started!
Cynthia Martinez is an author, speaker, singer and the president/founder of WORDS OF COMFORT, HOPE & PROMISE. After 9/11 Cynthia was inspired to write a book entitled "America in Crisis". She dedicated her book to our military, police and firefighters and has given over 5,000 copies to our troops and their families. Cynthia has been recognized for her tireless volunteer work by the California Governor and First Lady, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Freedom Team Salute, just to name a few. She and her organization have also received the President's Volunteer Service Award for their commitment to strengthening our nation and for making a difference with their service and civic participation.
Marines and their wives on both coasts not only immediately know Cynthia, but also sing her praises for all that she selflessly does for the good of others. MajGen Richard Mills and his wife, Pat, had these kind words to say about Cynthia:
"The number one guarantee of future stability in Afghanistan is education....it's what the people want and what they desperately need." Schools are the first thing people asked for once Taliban has left their village. Once the gunfire stops rudimentary schools start immediately ,often in tents or half destroyed buildings. Teachers are found, many often willing to risk their lives in order to teach despite Taliban threats and intimidation. Unfortunately because of the poverty of the people the children who come to school lack the basic supplies they need to learn.....pens, pencils, paper, notebooks. Often the classrooms are bare....no chalkboards or supplies. Often the teachers lack what they need to teach. The schools need help. That's where Cynthia Martinez and her groupWords of Comfort, Hope and Promise come to the rescue. The supplies that she asks for,gathers, prepares, and sends on make the difference. They allow the children to learn. They let the teachers teach. They change the country. They change the world. The children of Afghanistan and the Marines can't thank her enough!" MajGen Richard P. Mills.
"We all know and appreciate how much Cynthia and her outstanding organization do for the Marines, sailors and their families but it is wonderful and important to know how much she has done to help the children and people of Afghanistan. She is making a huge difference!"Pat Mills.
The Afghan Children's School Project is very fortunate and grateful to have Cynthia as a part of the ACSP family! She has already organized two substantial donations consisting of several pallets of schools supplies, including over 1,000 notebooks. Cynthia also is engaging her local school district and others in her community to generate support for the project.