Banesa, probably pronounced Vanesa, turned 13 this month. I started sponsoring Banesa in July 2009. From what I understand, the 15th birthday is big in Latin culture. I wouldn’t mind heading back to El Salvador in two years to be there for Banesa’s 15th birthday. However Ruth’s 15th birthday would be only 6 months later so it may be difficult to be there for both of them. I’ll be visiting Banesa’s Project ES796 and her home on Saturday Nov 6th.