Kiwi Donors Bring Inspirational Business Leader to Aotearoa
From a Life of Poverty to Social Entrepreneur: Kiwi Donors Bring Inspirational Business Leader to Aotearoa
Abandoned as a child, Aurora Zacarias could have been another tragic statistic, but instead will be travelling to Auckland next month to outline her inspirational story and to thank the many New Zealanders who continue to contribute thousands of dollars each year to vulnerable children and families throughout Latin America.
Blossoming into a highly-educated business leader, Zacarias is a senior financial advisor for a large international firm, the founder of an artisan jewellery business aimed at helping others in some of Mexico’s poorer regions, and a global ambassador for NPH.
From April 2-9, 2018, NPH-New Zealand have arranged for Zacarias to share her incredible life story, outline social entrepreneurialism from a Latin American perspective, and to help raise funds for those affected by the recent Mexico earthquakes.
Born into grinding poverty in Mexico City, Zacarias lost her mother when she was 8 years old after the family couldn’t afford the medical treatment that would have saved her life. Her depressed father turned to alcohol, and abandoned Aurora and her siblings.
Fortunately she was taken into the care of NPH – a small but dedicated non-government agency that helps abandoned, orphaned and other vulnerable children and families.
“I know that coming to NPH changed my life, my brother’s life, my sister’s life, and the life of thousands of children after us,” says Zacarias.
“Too many families have to struggle with similar tragedy and poverty throughout Latin America, said NPH New Zealand Director Loren O’Sullivan.
“All too often, children are abandoned, forced into begging or joining one of the growing gangs that are overwhelmingly powerful and brutal in Mexico.
“This could have been Aurora’s fate. Instead they found a new home at a warm and caring children’s home two hours from Mexico City,” O’Sullivan said.
These NPH’s facilities were severely damaged in the Mexican earthquakes that struck the county earlier this year.
Aurora will be in Auckland from Monday 2nd of April to Monday 9th of April 2018. She will be the guest speaker at a Latin Tapas and Auction night at Besos Latinos restaurant and will speak at a Mexican Gala dinner on the 7th of April. Both are fundraisers to help NPH Mexico repair its buildings after September’s earthquake.
Aurora’s story is about overcoming adversity, thriving through education and using experience, ideas and passion to make the world a better place for others.