Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
We want to thank you for your support in partnering with Communities of the Earth to provide rural Guatemalan families with filters and stoves. With your support, we were able to partner with two rural groups in the villages of Jocotan (Chiquimula), in the Eastern Part of Guatemala and Pastores (Sacatepequez), in the highlands of Guatemala. A total of 28 water filters and 16 stoves, were bought with the GlobalGiving project, in partnership with the rural families. 9 more filters will be delivered to the village of Pastores during the month of May 2013, finishing this first GlobalGiving Project.
Filters and stoves are part of the Wakami Village Program, which allows rural communities to learn and see first hand about products and services that transform their lives, improving especially the health of their families. Through the partnership with you and GlobalGiving, the Wakami Village Program has become stronger in these communities. Other organizations have also joined, partnering for solar panels and organic gardens. One partnership at a time, one home at a time, rural women are starting to transform their lives and families.
What we are seeing at Communities of the Earth is that when rural women have a source of income, and co-invest in products and services that improve their lives, real change begins to happen, starting with their children. Malnutrition decreases, education increases, communities prosper!!!
Thank you for joining us in this partnership with rural Guatemalan women!!! We also want to thank Agora Partnerships and GlobalGiving, for providing the connection between you and the families of Guatemala!!
Communities of the Earth
Dear Global Giving Friends,
Since our last report, one thing has changed!! And that is the number of rural women in the Village of Pastores who want to be able to buy a filter and a stove for their homes, in partnership with people from the world.
They are seeing how the women who already bought theirs, have access to clean water and have smokeless environments, and also want that for themselves.
The situation with water is so critical, that women sometimes say the can “eat the water”. This is because their village is by a river, and when the waters “go up”, clean water gets mixed up with sewage water.
That is why we say that filters and stoves go a long way in these communities. They guarantee two basic things for families: clean water and clean homes – key for children’s health.
We only have about $500 to complete this project!!! During this holiday season, these filter’s and stoves make a beautiful gift, allowing you to go into a rural home in Guatemala.
Once again, thank you for the support you have give us. 24 families have filters and 15 families have stoves!!!
Dear GlobalGiving friends,
We are very excited of what your partnership with rural Guatemalan families is doing!!
So far, we have installed 24 filters and 15 stoves with your support.
8 filters and 10 stoves have gone to Jocotán, as we reported last time. Once the demand of filters and stoves for this village was covered, we started working with another community, Pastores.
Pastores is in the highlands of Guatemala. It is a village located by a river. During the rainy season, the dirty waters mix with the clean water, creating huge health hazards. Water comes out of faucets totally dirty.
With your support, we have been able to install 16 filters and 5 stoves in this village, in alliance with each one of you who has supported the project!! Having access to clean water is key for families!!! In Guatemala, contaminated water is the number one cause of children´s death. By partnering with these families, you are becoming part of creating a new story!!!
5 women were also able to buy stoves in Pasotres in partnership with you, keeping smoke out of their homes!!
We are very excited of how Wakami Villages are coming to life, one stove and one filter at a time!!
We want to thank you for being part of this initiative!!! We only have $400 more to go for this first phase!! We hope we can raise this money, and take more families into healthier living!!!
We really want to thank you for your support in partnering with Guatemalan rural families, so they can access filters and stoves.
Since the last report, we have installed the two Wakami home pilots, in Clara Ines´s and Victor Hugo´s houses. Both are leaders in their communities, are studying in college and are producing for the Wakami Value Chain. The entire communities were invited, and about 50 people where there during the setting of the pilot homes. The community saw the products, how to install them, how to use them, and really important, the benefits.
With the first transfer of your donations, for $1,000, we were able to partner with:
8 families in buying the filters
10 families in buying the stoves.
There is a second transfer coming to us, which will help us cover the demand of these products. Families are very excited, since both the smoke in the homes and very contaminated water sources, are things that these products solve.
Once again, thank you so much for your donations!!! They are really making a difference!!
We really want to thank you for your donations, in partnering with rural Guatemalan families to improve their homes dramatically, with the eco filters and stoves.
Our first donations are currently being transferred, so the initial investments have been planned.
The first filters and stoves will be set in two leaders’ homes to serve as pilots, where other people in the community can experience the products. This will happen march 15th and 16th.
The pilots will be set in:
CLARA INES HOUSE:
she is a 19 year old woman, who was raised and lives with her grandparents in the Village of Despoblado, Jocotan. Through the Asociacion Ajpatnar Chorti, she was able to complete high school in her village, being the first and only woman from Despoblado to graduate from the local high school. Clara Ines is also a leader in the Girls Clubs Program, empowering 50 girls in her community. Clara Ines is also a member of the SEMBRANDO SONRISAS company, that produce the Earth bracelets for the brand Wakami (www.wakamiusa.com) , allowing her to have a source of income and pay for her college studies. She is a role model in her community, and through the filter and stove in her house a demand will be created from other women. In this pilot, we are also setting up a rain water collecting unit, an organic garden, and there already exists a solar energy kit in her home, turning it into a great DEMOSTRATION HOME for sustainable products and services that save lives, trees and money!!!
VICTOR HUGO AND ROSA MARIA HERNANDEZ:
Victor Hugo is also one of the first graduating from high school in his village, Guapinol, Jocotan. Together with his wife, they have a 5 year old girl. Like Clara Ines, he is studying PEDAGOGIA (to become a teacher) at the Panamerican University. He gets his income from being the leader of the SEMBRANDO SONRISAS (Planting Smiles) COMPANY in Jocotan. His dream is not only to have a source of income, but to be a change agent in his community, planting trees, setting up waste management programs, and bringing prosperity and happiness to all, therefore, the name for his company! He was chosen for the pilot because of his enthusiasm and ability to be a change agent. Victor Hugo will also have a solar energy kit, rain water collection unit and organic garden set in his home.
Both Clara Ines and Victor Hugo have agreed to have their homes open to women interested in seeing the products being used. Because they are group leaders, gatherings happen in their homes.
With these pilots, we hope to inform you in our next report, how many filters and stoves were installed in partnership with you!!
Once again, thank you for being part of Wakami Villages, and being part of a process where people of the world come together to create new ways of life!!! And thank you Global Giving and Agora Partnerships for creating platforms where people can connect!!
We will also be posting progress at our facebook page at Communities of the Earth http://www.facebook.com/pages/Communities-of-the-Earth/196833900406102
MANY THANKS TO YOU ALL!!!
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