2012 was a difficult year for the old people's plan although we did manage to provide many elderly people with food parcels and medicinal plants. In 2013, funds-permitting, we plan to return to our regular food-drops and increase the number of elderly relatives of our children who will benefit from this program. As our numbers swell in our schools, so to the numbers of elderly relatives and it is vital that, in these times of food insecurity and crop failure, that basic foodstuffs are available for the whole family, not just the adults, though the children and the grandchildren aswell.
Every three to four months, we plan to invest $2000 in the food parcels, which include rice, beans, sugar, oil, medicinal plants, soups, pastas, salt and other staple requirements. With each elderly adult receiving this parcel, it should be sufficient to see them through until the next installment. With the elderly receiving their food, there is more of the little there is in the household to go to the children, thus filling two sets of stomachs each day.
Happy Holidays to all our donors, past, present and future and thankyou in advance, especially in this time of our Christmas Appeal, which is raising funds for food for the kids in 2013
Thanks to the incredible generosity of a private donor, matching funds up to $2000 have been pledged to our Old People's Program, which has suffered a little this year with funding. With this generosity, we are lucky enough to be able to put the program back on track for the next few months which is fantastic, as well as the food parcels which are so important, especially as it looks like crops will fail for a third year in a row, will be started again to give them the basics that they need.
Many thanks once again to any donations, it is obvious to see the difference that they can make!
We really hope to resume our program for the elderly in Guatemala in September. Due to the unfortunate lack of funds this great program has had to be put on hold. However, as soon as more funds become available to us we will be able to continue supplying the elderly with rice, beans, salt, oils, soaps, sugar and medicinal plants to the grandparents of the children we teach in school. As always, the children whose attendance is high earn this food parcel for their families, with food in such shortage, it is a great way for them to learn to be responsible for their elder relatives.
We have had some very generous donations in the past, and we can all see the amazing difference such donations can make to the lives of these elderly in Guatemala, we just hope that the project can be restarted as soon as possible, so that we can provide the help needed.
We thank you.
Our next round of food parcels for Guatemala is due at the end of June, and we want to make it an extra special parcel this time around, as almost all food saved from last year has run out. The elderly of Guatemala we help are at present on the bare minimum until the next harvest, around November time.
We plan, thanks to very kind donations, to add in so many pounds of sugar, rice, pasta, porridge, beans as well as medicinal plants to help them through this hard time and the winter. We are still educating families on age related issues and in the future the young people of these communities can keep indigenous culture alive.
As March draws to an end, we will be dispersing our first food packages to the elder relatives of our children in school. This scheme, started many years ago, has seen so many benefits, not least seeing more food in the family home, though the children's attendance in school (good attendance is rewarded by the food package for their grandparents) has improved. This installment will be especially important, as food is extremely scarce after 3 years of consistently failing crops.
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