Monsi is the new addition to our family. She is four years old and has a brother, Andy, who is 8. The two siblings had to move to live to their great grandparents’ home about a month ago. Their mother had to endure difficult circumstances and she was not able to take care of them for a long period of time. Their father is an alcoholic and he is not responsible for the children. Their grandmother didn´t want to have all the responsibility for them, so only the grea- grandparents are taking care of them now.
The great grandparents are both diabetic and retired. They get a little help from the government every month, for both of them it is around $100USD. With that money they have to cover the expenses of their own medicines and to take care of bills and the two children.
Andy spends all day at his school but Monsi had to be at home all time. The great grandparents, due to their age and illness couldn´t really afford or take care energetically of Monsi all day long, every day. They got in touch with us via our socail worker and school director Marisol, to see if we could help them.
Since then Monsi is coming everyday to the school where she plays, eats, learns how to read and write and is carefully taken care of. Since she has been with us, three weeks in total, she gained already three pounds. In addition to our teachers and other students, she is healing on a psychological level from all the issues she has gone through at such a young age.
At the house we make sure that the great grandparents, Monsi and Andy have everything they need to live. They are really happy and grateful with this new opportunity that is opening for them and the future of these two wonderful children.
Thank you very much to all our donors and supporters, our family, who is making possible that many people and families can live with joy, dignity and hope.
All our love to all of you from Guatemala.
The Integral Heart Family
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life.
Since September of 2017 we have been collaborating with the Guatemalan Human Rights Organizaton (GHR)(Institución para el Procurador de los Derechos Humanos https://www.pdh.org.gt/), a governmental institution that seeks to promote and defend Human Rights in Guatemala.
We have had the pleasure of the full support of Virginia Soledad Pellecer, who is the GHR coordinator and educator for the county of Sacatepequez, where our Integral Heart Family School is located.
She began giving monthly classes at our school last year to the 30 teenagers who attend our Critical-Thinking program. But this year, Virigina is becoming an even greater part of our family. She is coming in now on a weekly basis and teaching not only the teenagers but to the little ones as well. She has also started giving talks to the parents of our students. In these lessons the students are learning to: • develop an understanding of what human rights are • appreciate the relationship between rights and responsibilities • analyze who is responsible for upholding human rights • appreciate the meaning and significance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights • apply the concepts of human rights to their own lives
Virginia has told us that she loves coming and we love having her with us. The kids are learning not only about their individual rights but also about their duties towards other people and including animals and the environment. We feel really grateful for this new addition to our Integral Heart Family.
And as always, a big thank you to all who are helping us to create and sustain this environment for growth, respect, education, compassion and sharing.
Without all of you this would never be possible. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!(Please see additional photos before with descriptions)
Greetings from a warm and sunny La Antigua Guatemala, and all of us here at the Integral Heart Learning Center.
This year at the Integral Heart Family not only means the beginning of a new school year, but also a new beginning for all of us, students and staff alike.
We have rearranged our class schedules to accommodate the new students who were invited in by their peers, and the developments in our teaching-team are clearly making a big difference to everything that is happening at our school.
Even the walls are brighter, painted with colors, decorated with flowers, happy posters and dedications of gratitude to our donors, cute puppy posters, new lighting, a great new garden with palms, plants, and flowers.
You might think that all of these are just make up, external changes, but they are not. The energy and love that is living and breathing at La Academia is so obvious that you can feel it as soon as you cross the doorstep. There is brightness, lightness, and again, a love that you can perceive. We can tell already because our students are inviting all their friends to join us so they can also experience learning, growing and emotional, physical and psychological safety.
Although we spend the same number hours together, for some reason this year, there is more time for creativity, art, sticky fingers and laughter. That also includes interactive and playful readings in our new library, thanks to a wonderful and dedicated supporter.
In the photos you can enjoy some these moments with our little ones. Thank you all who make this possible. With a smile in our hearts and our own sticky fingers we say goodbye to all of you until the next newsletter and please don´t forget to smile. Much love, The Integral Heart Team.