In furtherance of its aim of promoting animal welfare, the Foundation recently gave a grant to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center of Boca Raton, Florida on the occasion of its GumboFest. Gumbo Limbo is a nature conservation and educational center is one of only a few that are able to help turtles with fibropapillomatosis, a disease affecting sea turtles that causes tumors that, although benign, can grow large enough to interfere a sea turtle’s normal swimming and, in some cases swimming.
In early 2019, the Foundation made a donation to the Backos Bird Clinic for incubators and other clinical equipment. The Clinic’s founder, Sam Backos, D.V.M., is a remarkably dedicated avian veterinarian, whose practice of living on the premises and performing extensive emergency service on a pro bono basis is well known. This project is another example of the Foundation’s commitment to animal welfare.
In Chityala, India, the Foundation was able to distribute their first dictionary to 130 grammar school students attending a local government school.
As part of our renewable environmental and beautification programs, over 20 Sterling5 Foundation volunteers have planted 130+ plants in a single day on the dry lands of the Deccan plateau in the village of Chityala, India. These plants are expected to grow into trees in a few of years. This will give much-needed shade to people and animals in the village, bring the soaring summer temperatures down, help ameliorate global warming, and contribute overall to the improvement of the environment.
This also fits in well with the Telangana state governments Haritha Haram program of planting 2.3 Billion saplings in four years.
A refugee life is always one of marginalization, hardship, and fear. But when the refugee is a child, the marginalization is amplified manifolds. Not only does the child face geopolitical atrocities and a childhood stolen, there are few places worse for a child than a refugee camp. While the lives of refugee children are saved when in these camps, they are deprived of their basic human necessities that enable their physical, emotional, and psychological development. The Rohingya children are living proof of that.
The influx of Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar of Bangladesh has left humanitarian workers therein short-staffed and under-resourced. While the governmental and non-governmental organizations are trying their best to provide the basic necessities of life for the refugees, they are often falling short to ensure a decent quality of life.
This is Sharif Casillas Yamin, a bright young student from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Like all moms, Sharif's mom wanted him to go to school and get an education, but she was unable to pay. So she and Sharif were both very happy when a Sterling5 Foundation volunteer informed them that the Foundation would be sponsoring Sharif's education. Sharif now attends Escuela Primaria Amado Nervo La Aurora Mexico.
South African Orphanage
Life Community Service, a Christian non-governmental organization based in Gorge, South Africa, conducts dynamic intervention programs that reach more than 4,000 orphaned and otherwise vulnerable children per day. through these programs, Life Community Service helps these children overcome the numerous dilemmas and crisis they face growing up in some of the poorest communities in the World. The Sterling5 Foundation is proud to have been able to work with Life Community Service to fund their educational programs.
Foundation volunteers provided education and art supplies to students at Tupac Amaru II School in Villa Maria de Triunfo, Peru.
Volunteers from the Foundation arranged for a medical examination for a blind child. They also provided an elderly blind and handicapped person with necessities.
In November, 2018, the Foundation underwrote a children's Christmas celebration in this municipality on the outskirts of Lima. With volunteer Mrs. Julee Goldhammer as their host, over 200 children, many celebrating Christmas for the first time in their lives, were treated to hot cocoa and paneton, a delicious traditional Christmas cake, while a clown and three other costumed figures provided entertai
Foundation volunteers provided kindergarten children at the Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar with education and art supplies.