After 95 floors, more than half funded though this Global Giving fundraiser, GHA got sidetracked by urgent need for roof repairs and replacements in San Pablo La Laguna. Our 16th roof was recently completed, even as the rainy season was in full force. The floor project will continue. Its important. We would greatly appreciate more donations towards the project.
In other progress, GHA, with the eager help of teens from Walking Tree Travel, just finished a home for an amazed and grateful recently widowed elderly woman whose adobe home was melting around her, its floor dirt, its roof riddled with holes. It was a great alliance, with the teens orchestrating a meal at the end of the project, and many tearful goodbyes.
Next week we begin building 2 side by side homes to house a family of 8 who had been renting the home pictured below for 14 years. It had 2 small rooms and half the family slept on the dirt/mud floor. One generous donor bought a parcel of land, and many others have pulled together to make this a reality.
Consider coming yourselves to build with us. It will be a memorable experience.
88, that is. This week Guatemala Housing Alliance put down it's 88th floor in San Pablo La Laguna. Each of those greatly and positively impacts the life of a family. Four of the floors were funded by a family from Kansas which came to Guatemala to work with us building a home for a child that they sponsor. Their fundraising efforts were so successful that they also had enough left to finance 4 floors, and were in Guatemala to actually help with the leveling, mixing cement, and finishing in beautiful red, as requested by the families.
Again, thank you for your help with this ongoing, important mission.
Hello Generous Donors....
Guatemala Housing Alliance's floor project has been on hold for the last couple of months as we've taken up other chores, the main one being the building of 2 classrooms in the small K'iche' community of Pasajquim. 89 pre-schoolers had been crowded into 2 small, 14x17' classrooms but next year will be able to spread out into these 2 additional and more spacious rooms.
We've also been busy orchestrating a Vacation School in that same community. School is from late October til mid-January, and we've shown 150 kids a daily good time, including crafts, reading, chess, art, music, science experiments and, very importantly, a meal.
So...I have no floor photos to show you, but have sent along a couple others of our recent work. We will continue the very important floor project after the new year.
With over 20" of rain falling last month, those families enjoying the healthy comfort of new solid floors send their gratitude. To date 57 families in San Pablo La Laguna have benefited. When the skies cleared some, we took a break from the floor project to help 6 families in immediate need of roofs. In most cases these were entire rebuilds of all the timbers as well as the corrigated panels. More floors are planned for August.
In other GHA news, we have created a music program that is serving over 400 children weekly in the community of Pasajquim. The following works are all taking place in Pasajquim, a much neglected community of about 1800.
We also just this week finished our 15th house build, this one being in Pasajquim and with the help of teenagers who are touring Guatemala with Walking Tree Travel. We love to see young people, exposed probably for the first time, react with grace and generocity.
Also this year, under the GHA mission of education, we developed a beading program that benefited 10 single moms who now have a livelihood and with the tutorage of our director, Miriam Navichoc, have created a cooperative.
Through a GHA alliance with Centro Maya, now the handicapped children are getting the help they have long needed, with therapists coming weekly to the community.
57 children benefit from GHA provided scholarships this year.
Be on the look out for an upcoming fundraiser to provide 'summer school' in Pasajquim. Currently even the tiny, malnourished library in that town closes down for the 2 vacation months, November and December. This year will be different, with reading hours, music lessons, science experiments, crafts, art and stories told by the community's elders
We are a young organization, encouraging communities to define their needs to us, and we are very proud to stretch our donor's money so significantly.
Hello lovely donors, from the highlands of Guatemala.
Last night we had our first thunderous downpour of the season. The rain went on for hours, a pounding so loud that voices could not be heard above it. I sat in comfort and worried about the families who have leaky roofs and floors turning to mud. And I thought of the 50 families that have to date received cement floors through your generous donations.
A wonderful local organization that works with handicapped children, Centro Maya, recently told us a story of a child they work with. She was in extreme pain. Her family's dirt floor had incubated the parasites inhabiting her. After they had left her malnourished and had nothing left to consume, the parasites began to devour her intestines. Only by removing a large segment was her life saved.
This is what it is about, friends. This is how your donations help. And besides the health and comfort issues, the pride of the families with a new floor is apparent.
I've attached some photos of recently finished floors. On behalf of the families, we send you sincere gratitude for your generosity.
Paz y abrazos,
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