Jesus S Castano
Jesus S's Story
Hi, everybody..... it is exciting to find this great website and interactive database of all the Pedro Pan kids... this is a massive effort of the Miami Herald and I sure hope that by these means, we can re-connect with old friends from the different camps....
I was at Kendall and later on Opa-Locka. My mom arrived from Cuba on a Red Cross ship two years later and I left the camp to live with her.... my older brother and his wife were already living in Pittsburgh by this time. I never left Florida to live with any foster family, or in a hostile environment... my memories of Kendall and the Hermanos Maristas have always been refreshing and pleasant. I thank my family for sending me out of a living hell, a beautiful island in the Caribbean which has been under oppresion for 50+ years already. I consider myself exceedingly blessed by God for giving me freedom, my family which was reunited and lots of friends around the world. I've been outside Florida for 31 years, living and working hard in the field of Education in Washington, DC. I love this city and what I do for a living. My folks are in Miami Beach, and a few remain on the island.... I've visited them 3 times in the last 20 years and feel very sorry for them and other Cubans my age who grew up tormented and in misery, wishing each and every day of their lives that they, too, could have lived in the U.S.A. with their civil rights to worship, read/write and vote for whomever they want. PEDRO PANS are the lucky ones.... we are survivors. All of us, let's celebrate every day of our lives!