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Jun 7, 2019

Climbing Mt. Denali to raise funds for Honduran Children

Ronald Quintero first Honduran to summit Mt Denali
Ronald Quintero first Honduran to summit Mt Denali

Ronald Quintero set two goals:

1)  To climb Mt. Denail

2)  To raise $5000 for Shoulder to Shoulder's Nutrition Program.

Here is what he recently wrote:

Me enorgullece anunciar que el 29 de mayo a las 5:52 p.m. hora local de Alaska, obtuve una cumbre exitosa del Monte Denali con una altura de 20,310 pies / 6,190 m. Esta ha sido la escalada más dura que he hecho hasta hoy en día y quiero dedicarla a los niños de Honduras. Gracias a todos y a todos por los bellos mensajes! Yo me encuentro bien, haciendo mi retorno a casa para recuperarme.

Ronald Quintero//

 English translation: 

I’m proud to announce that on May 29 at 5:52PM local Alaska time, I had a successful summit of Mount Denali with an elevation of 20,310 ft / 6,190 m. This has been the toughest climb I have ever done and I want to dedicate it to the children of Honduras. Thank you to each and everyone for the uplifting messages. I’m doing great & headed home for recovery.

 

Ronald met his first goal.  Won't you help him to reach his second goal? 

 

Federación Hondureña de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada
June 4
Felicitamos al montañista hondureño Ronald Quintero, que este 29 de mayo a las 5:52 p.m. hora local de Alaska, ha llegado a la cima del Monte Denali con una altura de 6,190 msnm, siendo el primer hondureño en estar en esa montaña. Esta es la cuarta montaña de su proyecto de las 7 cumbres del mundo. 

El monte Denali (anteriormente denominado monte McKinley) es la montaña más alta de América del Norte, con una altitud de 6190 metros. Está situado en la cordillera de Alaska, en el centro-sur del estado de Alaska (Estados Unidos). A pesar de no ser uno de los más altos del mundo, el desnivel que hay que superar (unos 4000 m desde el campo base), junto a las bajas temperaturas, dada su cercanía al círculo polar ártico, hacen del Denali uno de los picos más complicados de ascender. El nombre Denali significa «el Grande» en las lenguas atabascanas.  En hora buena Ronald:  muchos éxitos en tus próximos proyectos….
English translation:

We congratulate the Honduran mountaineer Ronald Quintero, who this May 29 at 5:52 p.m. local time of Alaska, has reached the top of Mount Denali with a height of 6,190 meters, being the first Honduran to summit that mountain. This is the fourth mountain of his project to climb  the 7 highest summits of the world.

Mount Denali (formerly called Mount McKinley) is the highest mountain in North America, with an altitude of 6190 meters. It is located in the mountain range of Alaska, in the center-south of the state of Alaska (the United States). Despite not being one of the highest in the world, the slope that must be overcome (about 4000 m from the base camp), together with the low temperatures, given its proximity to the Arctic Circle, make the Denali one of the peaks more complicated to ascend. The name Denali means "the Great" in the Atabascan languages.  Ronald:  many successes in your next projects ....

 

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Apr 22, 2019

Robotics Inspires Learning

2018 Honduran Robotics Team Arriving in Mexico
2018 Honduran Robotics Team Arriving in Mexico

Dear Supporters of Shoulder to Shoulder’s Educational Initiative:

By way of introduction, I have been involved with Shoulder to Shoulder since 2001.  In 2018, I became president of Board of Directors.  I also sponsor the overall education program including our efforts in robotics.

In early 2017, Shoulder to Shoulder was contacted by FIRST to help them create a Honduran National Team for their new international robotics event. We were concerned that given the lack of overall technology exposure of the children from southern Intibucá, we would not be able to field a credible team. We tried unsuccessfully to partner with a private school in the capitol city, but they had no interest.   So, we went ahead and got lucky in obtaining an experienced coach mentor, Alan Ostrow (a High School physics teacher from Philadelphia). With his help, the local math teacher coached our team to a 40th place finish in a field of 160+ teams.

In the 2018 global robotics competition, we did even better, placing 16th. See https://first.global/.

In parallel with the First Global effort, we began putting robotics into our bilingual school. Last year, we expanded Lego Robotics to three area high schools and held a “coopertition” among seven municipalities. We are expanding the robotics program to other schools in our service area where we can find local coaches willing to run the teams.

The robotics program falls within our emphasis on STEM. Also in this program is our project to deliver Khan Academy math and science first to our bilingual school and then to 23 additional schools in our service area. We are using technology from https://learningequality.org/kolibri that delivers Khan, CK-12, and other curriculum locally without internet. We are working to expand this program substantially this year and have recently obtained the Honduran textbooks in digital form.

In addition to our main web site, we also maintain another dedicated to the education efforts: http://hondurasrobot.org/. This contains more detail on robotics and other education technology efforts.

In closing, I want to thank you for your long-term significant support of education.

Very sincerely yours,

Dick Buten

Children using technology at elementary school
Children using technology at elementary school
Mar 28, 2019

Delays and Challenges in Getting Micronutrients out to 2800 Children

Mother and 3 children January 2019
Mother and 3 children January 2019

The MANI 5 Extension grant started on September 1, 2018. It was designed as a 12 month project, with an ending date of August 30, 2019.

Starting at the beginning of September, Shoulder to Shoulder worked with the Mathile Institute to place an order of Chispuditos with Alimentos (the company in Guatemala that produces the product).  The order was meant to provide enough Chispuditos for the October 2018 and January 2019 distributions. Unfortunately, due to a problem with the testing of the product, the delivery of the product was delayed for two months. This meant that there was NO DISTRIBUTION of Chispuditos in October 2018, as should have happened.

Once the testing problem was resolved, a new problem arose – due to changes in the Honduran government, Alimentos was not allowed to transport the product into Honduras. The problem was finally resolved in January 2019, with Alimentos contracting with another company to bring the product into Honduras. The Chispuditos arrived at StS’s clinic the 3rd week of January. Our staff worked hard, and by the first week of Feb, all families received their 3 bags of Chispuditos.

We were succesfully able to get the micronutrient product delivered to the 2800 children due to the collaboration between our 2 MANI project staff and 23 Community Health Workers.  This project is truly a "community effort." 

 

Mother and youngest child January 2019
Mother and youngest child January 2019
 
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