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Check Out Marjorie Luzuriaga’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marjorie Luzuriaga.

Hi Marjorie, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am a sophomore at Larchmont Charter High School. I started a non-profit organization called The Luzuriaga Foundation my freshman year (during the beginning of quarantine). I found how disconnected many kids were, and I wanted to find a way for kids to be connected again in a safe way. The less fortunate were hit hard, and I noticed how encouraging letters can make one’s day. The Luzuriaga Foundation’s main focus is to write encouraging letters to the less fortunate ranging from many levels. The foundation has gained over 500 volunteers. The volunteers of the foundation has written to across the world. The foundation is writing to homeless shelters and orphanages across the world. Volunteers have also received letters back. In addition to letter-making, we have participated in other donations such as the adopt-a-family at UCLA Children’s Hospital. We have donated clothing and food to multiple provinces in the Philippines. We have also donated school supplies to the Los Angeles Mission. We have also donated cooking supplies to the Youth Emerging Stronger homeless shelter here in Los Angeles.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Finding a way to connect these children across the world was difficult. I had to make sure it was in a safe way as well.

We’d love to hear more about your organization.
The Luzuriaga Foundation is a non-profit organization. My name is Marjorie Luzuriaga, and I am a high school sophomore. I am the president and founder of The Luzuriaga Foundation. I am so proud of the smiles of the children that receive the letters.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Seeing the smiles of the kids is what makes me drive for the best. Many volunteers have told me that they are proud to get the experience of writing letters to less fortunate children. It has made them love volunteering. By seeing much development in my community is what makes me happy.

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