Chocolate for the children

Helping children of Malaga

Helping children of Malaga Photo: GoFundMe / Johanna Grey

Johanna Grey lives in Mijas in Spain and started raising money in 2021 to help the children in Malaga Orphanage ( Ciudad de los ninos ).

She was really shocked as she thought places like Ciudad de los ninos didn’t exist anymore but has since found out that in Andalucia alone there are 2,300 children who need families. Together with her friend Eva, she contacted the Orphanage and asked if they could take advent calendars for the children.

They were invited up to have a look around and from that day on their lives changed after they came away upset and overwhelmed by what they had seen. “Eva and I decided that we would try and raise money to make sure that these children all got a present that Christmas”, she said.

A huge success

The first fundraiser was a huge success and they have now been rasing funds and collecting chocolate and presents every year. Iceland and Tesco got involved and have helped with donations of chocolate.

For Christmas 2023 they raised over €4,000 and the Mayan Monkey chocolate factory in Mijas made personalised adventure books for all the children which they loved.

And just last week, on April 18, another chocolate delivery was made to the Orphanage as, over Easter 2024, Johanna and Eva had help from Food Co. employee Denise who had collected hundreds of chocolate cream eggs with the support, once again, of Iceland and Tesco, to put a smile on the faces of the children.

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Written by

Kevin Fraser Park

Kevin was born in Scotland and worked in marketing, running his own businesses in UK, Italy and, for the last 8 years, here in Spain. He moved to the Costa del Sol in 2016 working initially in real estate. He has a passion for literature and particularly the English language which is how he got into writing.