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NEW SCHOOL YEAR at The "ARIEL & INES ANDERSEN CHULUC VILLAGE SCHOOL
and many photographs of the
SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROJECT--distributing supplies to more than 4,000 needy childen.
"ARIEL & INES ANDERSEN" CHULUC VILLAGE SCHOOL
The Guatemalan Foundation's new Regional Director, Mario de la Cruz Ajqui, in Chuluc visiting with the town patriarch, Don Maximo. Maximo in recent years has become a cripple and needs an electric wheel chair that would cost about $800, far more than he can afford, and needs us to come up with extra money, in addition to fulfilling our commitment at the school during 2015. Anybody interested in giving a little extra to help Don Maximo, who has been with us since we built the school in 1987.
We have provided Mario with half the cost of a motor scooter to satisfy his transportation need to the Chulac Village every day. Your generosity helped us do this, as well as providing for the monthly wage and support of the community in their effort to help themselves--as we match the community's donations each month to provide for the needs of the school.
The new front door & paint job was accomplished in a cooperative effort between the villagers and the Locus Grove Baptist Church of the U.S. All the doors of the classrooms, as we see below, were also new, making the school more attractive and secure.
During the vacation season the villagers took initiative to seek help for needed projects at the school, and with their offer of providing a portion of the expenditure, attracted the help of the Baptist Church. The community still owes $1,300 of their share which they need our help to cover.
The kids are holding high the Christmas gifts in the above photo, and below send their heartfelt thanks to the Foundation for us focusing on helping them in 2015 take a big step towards turning it into a "model rural school."
"SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROJECT"
for 4,000 Children in the Rural Schools of Santa Cruz Verapaz--a 5-6 hour drive to the northeast of Patzicia.
NOTE: Our volunteer Regional Director, Federico Veliz Pacay, wore out his 1987 4x4 Toyota pickup, plying the roads of the rugged mountains of Santa Cruz to reach the 32 schools....he now needs a rebuilt motor....another extra need for his area.
Still some schools to go--like THE VALPARAISO, NAJQUITOB & CHIQUIGUITAL SCHOOLS
& people like this POOR WIDOW TO HELP, but we're trying to figure out how to fix Federico's old pickup to keep going.........
...ANY DONATIONS WILL BE DEEPLY APPRECIATED!