Today we at the Integral Heart Family are going to share the story of all of us; the story of all the members of this heartfelt international family. The reason is that this miracle that is happening in Guatemala with all of the children and families involved is happening because of all of us. And yes, that includes you as well.
People with different backgrounds, beliefs, preferences and incomes come together because there is something we all have in common: a huge heart. Today we want to say THANK YOU for your amazing heart and the best way we can do so is by showing you your work with us, smiles, happiness and joy.
We really feel blessed to be a part of this family, but our part is not more important than yours. Without all of us this would never be possible, and our wish for the New Year is to continue with this work and to help as many children as possible.
Thank you, really, thank you.
We do hope you all had a wonderful holiday you all because no one deserves it better.
The Integral Heart Family, Your Family
A warm hello from Guatemala,The school year is finishing up here in Guatemala. ‘Summer’ vacation is reversed down here because when the rainy season ends, usually by late October, the sun comes out, so this is the best time of the year for the kids to be out of school. The grades of our students have improved considerably after all of the tutorial and homework-help classes they have been attending all over the year at La Academia – The Integral Heart Family School. And because of that, we decided to set a Halloween party for the student. We read some stories to them, they heard other stories from their grandparents and some of the local elders from their villages and they shared the graveyard traditions on November 1st which is quite a big deal here in Guatemala.
Our students also talked about the special kind of food they eat on this particular day of the year and about how this holiday is in honour their loved ones who are already gone. They, of course, got dressed up, and danced and also ate sweets. It was a lot of very well deserved fun after a whole year of school effort.
Thank you again for all your support!
And, DON'T FORGET - Tuesday November 27th is GivingTuesday and all donation via the FACEBOOK donation button will be matched up to 100%. Keep your eye out for more details by email and posts to our page.
Mick, Debora, and all the kids and staff of The Integral Heart Family School.
We normally share a happy story in this newsletter but today we are afraid we have to deliver some sad news. Death is a part of this wonderful journey called life and last weekend we had to say goodbye to one of the first mothers ever to join the Integral Heart Family.
Doña Sara was 58 years old and it was discovered 18 months ago that she was suffering from terminal cancer. When she finally decided to go to the doctor after a long time of feeling sick she learned that it was too late to do anything about her illness. She has been part of this family since 2010 and in all this time she has always been a sweetheart. All we could do to support her during this last period of her life was to provide her with painkilling medicines so she could at least alleviate the pain and have a better quality of life.
She leaves behind 9 children, three of them still minors although two are already working. Her husband died 4 years ago due to a liver condition. Her youngest girl, Guadalupe, is coming to our program on regular basis and we will be supporting her with all she needs to continue studying, as well as with psychological and emotional support. Guadalupe is only 12 and will come back to us at the school next Friday. Her siblings will take care of her as well as us. Their financial condition is pretty poor and they will need all the help possible to make sure Guadalupe can complete her studies.
Thank you all so much for all your support and for making things possible. We can´t ever replace her mom´s place in her heart but she knows she will not be alone. Thank you for helping us in creating a space of joy, learning, games, dreams and also mourning when needed.
The Integral Heart Family