Saturday, June 8, 2013

REPORT FROM ALTA VERAPAZ: Big Needs, Huge Opportunities....

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The Foundation's School in Patzicia  participated enthusiastically in the Annual Regional Folklore Festival where representatives were chosen to participate in the National Festival held in Coban the last Saturday in July each year.
All aspects of the Foundation's School there go forward with great success.  A generous donor contributed enough to give the school one more month of support that will take us up to the end of September, lacking now October and the year end expenses paying our teachers their vacations, and Christmas bonus.  Please keep us in mind so we can end the year successfully as we have for the past 31 years and also support our projects in Alta Verapaz among the most needy Indians in the country.

In Santa Cruz Verapaz, Alta Verapaz
We ended the last report showing our efforts to help the Chicoyoj Village construct a bridge across a creek to replace the previous one you see below to the left.
That project is near completion as you see below.  We need to help them just a bit more--they are doing all the work.
 Other projects pending funding are:
1.  Furniture for the Julie Memorial Classroom, and
2. Electric installation in the Valparaiso/Rio Frio School,
Plus a number of other requests for help, like, more sanitary facilities for the Valparaiso and Santa Elena schools, and more, but........
........... an emergency need has arisen that we have had to take care of to the best of our ability:
In the Chicoyoj Village a tragedy took the lives of a young mother and her husband leaving their 3 children orphans.  They are 9 year old Elder Alexander, 8 year old Astrid Carina, and 4 year old Elver Elejandro, last names Max Quim.  You see them  below with their grandparents, 71 year old Julian Max, and 67 year old Maria Suram.

In addition to being elderly with a very poor dirt floored home, Julian and Maria are also taking care of other grandchildren  as you see in the picture below and are in extreme need.

 As you might have noticed from Julian's rubber boots he works hard in agriculture earning daily wages working for others who are a bit better off than him.  We are helping to make sure all the children of school age attend and have enough food.  They need our help to expand a bit their home  and see how they can increase their income to be able to take care of the big family.

This update, and the email notice of the new post is being done from the fringes of the High Uinta Mountains using what we have to call the Guatemalan Foundation's mobile office as reported previously.  Before I shoulder my backpack and head into the high country, I will crank over my Honda generator and  print a newsletter for those for whom we don't have an email address and get it sent so as to spread the word of our work and the Foundation's need of donations to keep this good work going.  I'm doing my darndest to keep this work alive at almost no cost to the Foundation--except for my time as a volunteer and my equipment.....PLEASE HELP ALL YOU CAN TOO. 

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