Thomas J. Henry Donates $350,000 to ChildSafe
A staggering 5,434 cases of child abuse and neglect were confirmed in Bexar County last year alone. It is also estimated that only 1 in 10 sexually abused children reports their abuse, meaning that the actual number of child abuse instances is much higher.
A COMMITMENT TO CHILD WELFARE
Thomas J. Henry is committed to causes and organizations which aim to improve the welfare of children, especially children who have suffered abuse or neglect. In San Antonio, one such organization is ChildSafe. ChildSafe is a Children’s Advocacy Center — the only one in Bexar County — that provides specialized services to children and teenagers who have been physically abused, neglected, or sexually abused.
In 2015, Azteca and Thomas J. Henry made a $350,000 donation to ChildSafe – the largest individual donation ChildSafe has ever received.
DONATION TO PROVIDE SPECIALIZED TRAINING TO TEACHERS AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEES
This donation will allow for the design and establishment of a new web-based training meant to help teachers and school employees recognize the signs of child abuse and neglect.
Currently, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires that all school employees complete such training once a year. By moving the training to an easy-to-access web-based model, ChildSafe is providing the teachers and staff with a more convenient means of completing the training.
ChildSafe is in the process of introducing the new program to 81 independent school districts and charter schools which employee more than 60,000 teachers and staff. The organization released their first training video, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse, earlier this year.
“I am extremely pleased with ChildSafe’s work in and around San Antonio ,” said Mr. Thomas J. Henry. “Child abuse is a major problem in Bexar County and one that needs to be addressed. It is our responsibility as a community to take action and work to ensure the safety of our children.”