Sep 18, 2018

Behind the Scenes

August delivery to relocated families
August delivery to relocated families

On June 3rd the volcano Fuego in Guatemala erupted killing several hundred people and displacing over 5,000 more.

The Integral Heart Family responded immediately arranging weekly support in the form of food, medicines, and personal hygiene products (and one deliver of toys for the children!) to 51 families who had been housed in a local school in the town of Alotenango in a safe location near the site of the volcano.

By the middle of August these families, and 90 other families had been relocated to a temporary housing location near the town.

By the rules of this new location and the authorities in charge we made our first delivery of dried food and other essential items as requested to all 141 families.
Below you will see photos of this delivery and photos of the young boys who also loved the empty boxes!

As always, the top comment from the families was; ‘Thank you for not forgetting us’.

We will continue to solicit donations and we hope to support these families through the end of the year.

Thank you so much for all your support,

Mick Quinn
Debora Prieto
Co-Founders
The Integral Heart Family Guatemala.

August delivery to relocated families
August delivery to relocated families
August delivery to relocated families
August delivery to relocated families
Sep 4, 2018

The Help Continues

Delivery to all 141 displaced famlies
Delivery to all 141 displaced famlies

On June 3rd the volcano Fuego in Guatemala erupted killing several hundred people and displacing over 5,000 more.

The Integral Heart Family responded immediately arranging weekly support in the form of food, medicines, and personal hygiene products (and one deliver of toys for the children!) to 51 families who had been housed in a local school in the town of Alotenango in a safe location near the site of the volcano.

By the middle of August these families, and 90 other families had been relocated to a temporary housing location near the town.

By the rules of this new location and the authorities in charge we made our first delivery of dried food and other essential items as requested to all 141 families.
Below you will see photos of this delivery and photos of the young boys who also loved the empty boxes!

As always, the top comment from the families was; ‘Thank you for not forgetting us’.

We will continue to solicit donations and we hope to support these families through the end of the year.

Thank you so much for all your support,

Mick Quinn
Debora Prieto
Co-Founders
The Integral Heart Family Guatemala.

Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families.
Delivery to all 141 displaced families.
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
Delivery to all 141 displaced families
The boys playing in the empty boxes!!
The boys playing in the empty boxes!!
Aug 13, 2018

Needing - Receiving - Giving Back

The goal of the Integral Heart Family is to give educational and emotional support to those most in need and who otherwise would not have access to such necessities. But education, without values and morals, aren´t enough for us. This is why today we want to share with all of you the story of Saida.

Saida and her family have been an important part of our foundation since 2010. At the time they were living a very difficult situation, both financially and emotionally. One day Mick and I (Debora) went to visit them at their home and brought Teddy bears for the kids, Saida was 5 and Jose 3. This, for us this was a nice gesture, we didn´t really know that they didn´t have any and that these toys were going to be their board of salvation at times of anxiety, and even domestic violence.

In June of this year, Saida turned 13. Also in June of this year the local volcano, Fuego, erupted. This tragedy killed hundreds of people and left thousands without homes or livelihoods. These families, who lost all their belongings, moved to shelters. As part of the outpouring of support, we were in a position to help them on weekly basis bringing them the basics as they awaited relocations to temporary housing.

Saida has been very involved in our work as her mom is today our social worker and school director. Saida helped us in putting together all the items we send to the shelter we are aiding each week. But in the back of her head she always had the children who lost everything, including their toys.

So for her birthday this year she decided that she didn´t want any gifts, cakes or a party. She remembered when she was a little girl, and life was more difficult for her, how she loved to have that little Teddy bear we gave to her. She would hug it and it became her friend, she felt protected and more comfortable when she could have her arms tightly wrapped around it. That is when she thought that all the kids in the shelter should have one toy each.

She asked all of us for money as her birthday gift, went personally to buy the toys as well as cookies and juices, and delivered them, with help of our staff, to all the kids of the shelter. Even some older women came to ask for some toys for themselves. In her own words, and with tears in her eyes, this was her best birthday ever, one that she will never forget.

We are very proud of her, we couldn´t be prouder. But we also are very proud of our donors who trusted us enough to support our work and make these stories of loving kindness possible. She is a great example of what can be done with a little support and love.

Thank you very much for being part of the family,

With all our love,

The Integral Family in Guatemala.

 
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