In 2009, Westlake Village resident Gabriella Brignardello founded Mi Casa de Angeles, a non-profit organization with a mission of improving education and empowering children in impoverished areas throughout Peru. At the time, Gabriella was a 15 year old La Reina High School student with family ties to Peru through her father, who is originally from Lima. Now 18 and a freshman at Stanford University, Gabriella continues to be inspired to make a difference in the lives of Peruvian children in need.
To date, Mi Casa de Angeles has raised over $100,000 in the United States through various fundraising events and an additional $50,000 with partners in Peru. The organization has launched two projects in Peru. A pilot program was initiated in August 2012 involving sponsorship of a highly trained teacher through Enseña Perú (Teach Peru) serving impoverished students that cannot afford private education.
More recently, the organization broke ground in the construction of a nursery/preschool in the shantytown of Pachacutec in Lima. Mi Casa de Angeles is working with two Peruvian non-profits, Sembrando Juntos and Lincos, to provide local children, ages 0 to 5, with a higher quality of education. The video below provides insight into this worthy endeavorr.
To learn more about Mi Casa de Angeles and how you can help, visit www.micasadeangeles.org. In the Events section of the site do take a look at the annual Benefit Fashion Show in Westlake Village, planned in late June.