Integral Heart Foundation

Our mission is to change culture from the inside out through person-to-person sponsoring and educational programs that include the development of mind, body, spirit and emotions. We see our work as the beginning of a multi-generational movement whose leaders are empowered to preserve cultural beauty and diversity and to embrace personal responsibility in a global context.
May 27, 2015

Angelita's Story - 5 Years of Progress

Angelita
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Dear Sustaining Sponsors and Supporters,

In this report we’d like to share the story of the first sponsored child of the Integral Heart Foundation.

5 years ago this month we had the privilege of making this first heart-connection.

This child, who is not so much a child any more is still an active participant in our programs and she has also become one of our great hopes simply because of her amazing progress over her years of sponsorship.

We want to appreciate the effort of all who have made this possible by believing in Angelita and in our programs. This is just one of the many stories of success because of you and since Angelita was the first sponsored student we wanted to honor her and all of you by following her evolution.

Thank you all and we hope you enjoy this report as much as we did in making it for you.

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Pictures 1, 2 and 3 are from the first visit to Angelita’s home when she was only 9 years old. We went there with her first sponsor, Eva. It was also our first time meeting her mother and also her sisters. Back then her mother was living with the father of Angelita’s sisters but the situation at home with him wasn’t the best and the mother finally decided to separate from him. Even if the house is really humble, at least the mother is the deeded property owner which means she doesn’t have to pay rent or a mortgage which is a great advantage.

Picture 4 is a perspective of the mountain-side neighborhood (slum) where they live.

Picture 5: Angelita and her family were also our first solar beneficiary. That was their first light ever, before this they only had candles.

Picture 6 shows Angelita opening a box of gifts brought for her by her sponsor.

Picture 7 a photo from a shopping trip to buy school uniforms, shoes and other school materials that the kids needed. As usual, Angelita being sweet and grateful for all.

Picture 8 taken during a home visit, in which we discovered that Angelita was sick and with fever. In the picture Debora is taking care of her.

In Picture 9 Angelita and her first communion dress. She was thrilled.

Picture 10 was taken during a trip we made to her home because we needed video and photos to request extra help from our network of supporters so that she could continue her studies. The level of education in Guatemala is not the best and oftentimes the students do not get the attention they need to learn. With your support we could afford to have one of our senior sponsored students (a trained teacher) direct a study session on Saturday mornings to help her with her homework. That program is still running and today we have more than ten students attending every Saturday.

Picture 11: Angelita with all her family during the Christmas party celebrated by the Integral Heart Foundation where they received extra food baskets, chickens and toys.

Picture 12 we can see Angelita reading during the Saturday study classes that now she shares with other students from the IHF project.

Picture 13 Angelita celebrating her 14th birthday with cake and soda from all of you!

Picture 14 Angelita responding to a question during one of our weekly Critical-Thinking classes.

Pictures 15 and 16 were taken by Angelita herself. They are her perspective on her home and sisters. This opportunity was given to her by two participants in our Wisdom Speakers Series who came to the class to give a talk and gave her a camera so that we could see the world through her eyes.

We know that Angelita will keep growing and evolving because she has the potential, interest, and discipline and she has the help of you, our dear sponsors.

For that, we are very grateful.

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Picture 17: The next step is to improve her living situation. This family of four currently live in a one-roomed wood framed house with a tin roof. Since her mom owns the property we’d like to build them at least a two-roomed block house and to also enclose the cooking/washing area and bathroom which is currently open to the elements.

If you’d like to hear more about this building project please just reply to this newsletter.

Thank you so much,

Angelita and The Integral Heart Foundation.

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May 27, 2015

Empowerment

Co-founders with the six selected students
Co-founders with the six selected students

This year has brought us all much great news!

And this is because, after years of dreaming and planning, we secured the funding for six of our brightest and most dedicated Critical-Thinking/Philosophy students to enter into a full time, 3-year teacher-training program.

These six, who range in age from 17-21, Juan Carlos, Jessica, Saul, Shirley, Felipe and Gabi, have been attending our programs for five years, have also been exposed to the topics of the Critical-Thinking program which include classic philosophy, meditation, world religions, politics and activism, sexuality, ego and shadow, self-esteem and self-love, suicide, depression, values, decision making, Integral Theory, and Zen.

They were also exposed to our Wisdom Speakers Series. These are talks given by invited guests who are experts in development, mindfulness, meditation, business, relationships and other walks in life.

And this year, as part of their entry qualification to the 3-year teacher-training program it was the turn of these six to get up in front of the class and give a talk. They had to develop their own theme, plan the timing for their talk, and manage the group. They studied, investigated, and researched in preparation.

The subjects they chose should make us all proud. They included; motivation, potential, respect and self-respect, relationships, conditioned habits, shadow, the many manifestations of love and the theological, philosophical and scientific perspectives on the Big Bang and the origin of the universe.

The students told us afterwards that felt truly felt empowered by this opportunity and they all were happy that did a great job. The audience also gained a great deal of benefit.

But mostly they said that they were comfortable with their topics and they are all eager to continue with their new course of studies so that they can develop themselves sufficiently to face and address the many painful issues facing their homeland today.

We, at the Integral Heart Foundation, couldn’t be more proud of them and of course of all of you who are making change, evolution and a better world possible.

Thank you.

 

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Pictures 1 and 2: Juan Carlos giving his class on self esteem and respect.

Picture 3 and 4: Gabi speaking about relationships, values and the many manifestations of love.

Picture 5: Shirley with her mom and our social worker Marisol, discussing with us her talk on motivation and how she was going to let it develop.

Picture 6: Saul giving a talk on shadow and conditioned habits.

Picture 7: Felipe giving a talk on the theological, philosophical and scientific perspectives on the Big Bang and the origin of the universe.

Picture 8: Jessica giving a talk on potential and how, in most cases, we are the ones who set the limits.

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Feb 26, 2015

Sponsoring Dignity

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We here at The Integral Heart Foundation are excited to begin a new year full of surprises, adventures, new students and opportunities. We are thrilled with you, our sustaining sponsors who have trusted to support us for over four years now and the newest sponsors who have joined our great heart family.

Just last week, we had the honor of a visit of board member and sponsor Patrick Goonan. As part of Pat's tour of our work we visited the home of one of the little girls he is sponsoring, Dulce. The family didn’t have a proper stove to cook with, so part of this visit was to arrange to have a fuel efficient stove installed for them.

And this is the topic for this newsletter.

As part of the sponsorship program, Marisol, our social worker, visits all the families in the program once a month. She makes sure that things are going as well as can be expected withing the family dynamic. She also pays attention to see that the family has descent bedding, suffient lighting, and an adequate bathroom.

One thing she’s noticed for some time is the cooking situation at a number of our families. This means; several of our families don’t have a stove or stovetop and as is the case with many, the family has a wood-burning stove without a chimney. This leaves most of the smoke inside the homes making them and their children sick and with pulmonary deseases.

As many of you know, we teach our philosophy classes at the Iglesia del Camino in Antigua, a local church whose Pastor, Pastor Mike, gracefully donates that space for us. La Iglesia del Camino uses Cosas Mejores (Better Things), a commercial local company whose field of expertise is to desing and manufactuer wood-buring, fuel-efficient stoves, bunk beds, water filters and other items that are in great need in the surrounding communities. The stoves that we use are sponsored by our donors, made locally and installed by Cosas Mejores. This stoves have the capacity of serving a large family and utilize only 40% of the firewood compared others.

The Integral Heart Foundation have already installed four of these stoves. Today we are going to give an overview in phtoso of some of these families as an example of how we manage the sponsorships we so kindly receive from our donors.

The photos are below and the descriptions for each are as follows:

1. In the cover photo, we are at Cosas Mejores, getting instructions with the family members on how to use this stove.

2.  Isai’s family is already benefiting from this aspects of our sponsorship program. Before they had an open fire surrounded by blocks without chimney, as you can tell in the picture below:

3. Now they have a fully functioning and more efficient stove. In the house live the father, the mother and four siblings. The mother makes a living by making tortillas and now the cost was reduced considerably, the kids don’t have to breathe the smoke and the environment is also wining with this stove. Isai’s mom with two of her youngest children.

4. Another image of Isai’s family stove in full use.

5. In the case of another family, from the photo you can appreciate the poor state of Dona Sara’s original cooking area. As most of our mothers she also makes tortillas for a living.

6. Doña Sara is a widow who is taking care of her four children on her own. She is not getting any widower’s pension and her situation is precarious. She receive a monthly food basket from Integral Heart, support for her kids to study and now a more affordable and more efficient way of making her tortillas.

7. Dona Blanca is Dulce’s mom. Dulce is being sponsored by our visiting board of director’s member, Pat Goonan. In the picture below you can see him at Dulce’s home after their stove was installed. Four families live together in this location and they will all use the same stove.

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Dulce and her grandma beginning to enjoy their new stove

9-10: Here are some images of other families’ kitchens that currently need some help. We are looking forward to be able to install new stoves for them.

At the Integral Heart Foundation we feel blessed to be able to do this work and to facilitate small improvements in the lives of those we serve. And this wouldn’t be able without the hearts and financial help of all of our donors.

We will continue to sponsor dignity in what that we often take for granted such as having a basic stove.

Thank you so much for following us, for your hearts, for your donations, and for your moral support. It means a lot to us.

With all our love.

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