Our work so far this year with our 35 teenagers has been very enriching; not only for them but for all of us. Their hunger to grow and evolve is propelling us all forward to explore who we are as and beyond our gender. And, some of our students are even telling their friends about the classes and new teenagers are showing up and asking if they can be admitted! Their participation is increasing and the wisdom of their questions is beyond what we expected.
For instance; Dinora (16) has mentioned that her understanding of who she is as a human being beyond her gender and culture is empowering her relationship with herself and she is seeing that her behavior around other people is even improving. Now she can be more objective or her actions and reactions towards other people and can be more compassionate when witnessing others.
We want to really appreciate all of the support we are getting from you our donors that is making this beautiful blossom of potential possible.
Also if you think you can help us to reach more support and be able to teach a wider number of students, please do let us know your ideas.
Thank you so much,
The Integral Heart Foundation.
The Story of Byron
Our kindergarten schools provide a safe haven for tots here in Guatemala. Here is a story from just last month on how your support of this program allowed us to respond to a desperate situation involving two year old Byron.
Byron and his two siblings are living with their mom in a cornstalk shack with dirt floors, tin roof and plastic to keep out the elements. His oldest sister had a small a sponsorship through our foundation, which meant she at least was on our radar. Byron, his sister and mom, were also receiving other help to cover their rent and transportation for the girls to school. But suddenly, this other program closed its doors, leaving the girls with no way to get to or pay for school and the entire family was in danger of being evicted. We found out about this when the oldest girl, whom we sponsored, came to us in a panic.
Our first response was to issue a request to our donors and friends to support the family and so far, we have had a wonderful response. We registered the girls in a new school and one donor financially supported them for English lessons.
And because of the existence of our kindergarten program we immediately invited Byron’s mom to bring him to one of our locations each morning. Now he gets to play in a safe environment, eats two healthy meals, has a bath and a clean change of clothes, and best of all, a nice nap in the early afternoon! Have we told you how much he loves it? He certainly does!
Thank you for all your support,
The Team at Integral Heart Foundation
Ps: If you would like to a specific child in this program, you can see some of their photos and descriptions here; http://www.integralheartfoundation.org/Sponsor.Guatemala.Child.htm
Hello dear donors! Greetings from Guatemala and we hope that you are doing great!
Guatemala is a festive country, with many street fairs, open music events, parades and fireworks.
This culture of festivals also extends to the children, which of course we celebrated with the children from our newest kindergarten in Panorama, Guatemala. Here are some photo from the Day of the Child and as you will see the kids really love their piñata!
And, also on somewhat of festive note, we have been using the meeting area in this kindergarten location for our weekly team meeting (we used to use our home for that in the past). We had a wonderful visit from Jeff Carreira, Director of Education at EnlightenNext just recently and he came along to sit in on our meeting as you can see it the photo below.
We look forward to a great year in 2013 and will be in touch again with our end of year newsletter from The Integral Heart Foundation.
With Warmest Regards,
Mick, Debora and all team Team.