Eloísa Echazábal Pi

General Information
Current Name
Eloísa Echazábal
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Eloísa Echazábal Pi
Age on Arrival
13
Date of Arrival
Wednesday, September 6, 1961
Relocated To
Kendall Camp and Buffalo, NY
Groups
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Eloísa's Story

My story is unique, as is each one of the over 14,000 Pedro Pan stories. Some are happier; some are sadder. I believe the decision to send my sister and me alone to the United States was made by my pa...

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Hola Eloisa, The original photo that I saw of you and your sister was when she was younger and I thought it looked like my friend Teresita. After looking at some other photos when she was a bit older I don't think it was the same person and I realized that she is two years younger than I am. We may have played together at the school and I do wish that she was the same Teresita but I was so touched by your story regardless. Some memories of El Verbo Encarnado are, recitng poems on Friday in the patio of El Verbo Encarnado when we had the salute to the flag. I also loved to participate in programs at El Verbo Encarnado and remember the "cottage" by the patio. I actually had my kindergarten class there and loved the teacher and sometimes I think that my desire to teach (at first to be a kindergarten teacher) started very early because of that wonderful influence (although I now teach at a college). Seeing your photos with the "uniforme de gala" and the medals (which I still have some of them) brought back many memories. I remember sometimes arriving early and the sisters would offer me breakfast and they would serve "white" butter with bread. I thought that was great and wished that I could have that more often. They used to let me practice the piano at the school until my parents purchased one for me. I have so many other wonderful memories of "El Verbo Encarnado" which I would love to share with you and your sister even though I don't think she was the Teresita that I used to play with. Thank you again for your story and memories I do hope that we can keep in touch. I hope to post pictures in the near future. I'll check my email. Recuerdos,Rosalinda

Message by Rosalinda Gayoso | Aug 1st 2013

Hola Eloisa, I just registered yesterday with this site and enjoyed reading your story. I did not realize that my brother and I had been part of Operation Pedro Pan until I happened to see it and found our names with the information as to when we left Cuba etc. I didn't realize this since when we came from Cuba in January 1962 we immediately went to New York to live with an uncle and aunt. I read your story and wanted you to know that I also went to El Verbo Encarnado and had a good friend named Teresita. I don't remember her last name but she looked somewhat like the picture of your sister. My maiden name is Rosalinda Gayoso and my brother is Miguel Gayoso but he only attended el Verbo Encarnado for a few years. I was 10 years old when I left Cuba and he was 13. I have not had a chance to write my profile or load any photos but would love to hear back from you and see if Teresita my friend was your sister. Did you live in an apartment house? I somehow recall going to play at Teresita's house and I thought it was beautiful because it was an apartment. Isn't it funny how kids are? Do you know others that attended El Verbo Encarnado? I would love to hear from you. Muchas gracias, Rosalinda

Message by Rosalinda Gayoso | Jul 31st 2013

Eloísa has uploaded new photos.

Status update | Jul 29th 2013

Happy 4th, Elo......

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jul 4th 2013

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! ¡Feliz Cuatro de julio a todos!

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Jul 4th 2013

Eloísa has uploaded new photos.

Status update | May 20th 2013

My Letter to Yoani Sánchez: 1 de abril de 2013 Yoani, ¡Bienvenida a Miami! Mi nombre es Eloísa Echazábal, y vine para los EEUU en septiembre de 1961 a través del éxodo Pedro Pan. Yo quisiera pedirle el favor, de que cuando regrese a Nuestra Patria, le aclare al pueblo cubano la verdad de por qué ocurrió nuestro éxodo. El gobierno comunista de la Isla no pierde oportunidad para decir que todo fue una trama de la CIA norteamericana y que nuestros padres fueron engañados y que los niños fueron usados como fichas en el juego político de los EEUU en aquellos tiempos. Nada de esto es cierto. Nuestros padres nos enviaron a los EEUU en cuanto se dieron cuenta de que la libertad de expresión, la libertad de cada padre para continuar educándonos y criándonos como todos estábamos acostumbrados, se iba acabando cada día más. En otras palabras, cuando le quitaron a los padres el derecho de como iban a educar y criar a sus hijos. Uno de los mayores ejemplos de esto fue cuando los colegios privados fueron intervenidos y la doctrina marxista-leninista fue implementada en todos los colegios y escuelas de la Isla. De acuerdo que los EEUU le facilitaron a los padres la salida de sus hijos de Cuba y la estancia en los EEUU pero, quédese bien claro, que los padres lo que hicieron fue aprovechar esta oportunidad para asegurarse de que sus hijos pudieran continuar viviendo, educándose, y desarrollándose en un ambiente de libertad como estaban acostumbrados. Eloísa Echazábal (una de las niñas Pedro Pan)

Message by Eloísa Echazábal | Apr 4th 2013

Eloisa, I have just read your story.Immensely significant work that you are doing for future generations. I am proud to be a member of this group of brothers and sisters.

Message by Luis Crispin Perez Barrios | Mar 26th 2013

Eloísa has uploaded new photos.

Status update | Mar 18th 2013

Muchas memorias pero no fotos de Eastern. Carinos!! Casandra

Message by Casandra Guillen - Montero Santana | Mar 15th 2013

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