Jul 9, 2018

Big Sister; Little Brother

Brother and Sister from San Marcos
Brother and Sister from San Marcos

It has been a very exciting 3 months. We just learned that the Mathile Institute will provide Shoulder to Shoulder with funding to continue our Nutrition Project for six more months. So, instead of ending on August 30, 2018….we can now continue the project until February 2019. In order to do that, we need to match the Mathile Institute funds.  

Along with distributing the Chispuditos product, we just started to provide nutritional education to the mothers and fathers in our program. Thanks to the generosity of Jessica Minesinger (one of the members of our Board of Directors), Community Health workers now have a nutrition curriculum to use. We are hopeful that this education will also help to improve the health of the children in our program. Families lack information about good nutrition, and many children fill up on sugary drinks and salty snacks.  We believe that change comes through knowledge!

May 15, 2018

Children's Smiles Fill Our Hearts With Joy

Dr. Idalia Providing Dental Education
Dr. Idalia Providing Dental Education

Dear Education Donor:

Happy Spring!  As the flowers bloom, so do the smiles on the faces of the children at Shoulder to Shoulder's Bilingual School.  Now in the 3rd month of the school year, the children have settled in, and are doing the hard work of learning.

As always, our Volunteers are vital to our success.  One volunteer, Matt Tibbitts, is a great photographer and videographer.  He has made a number of videos for StS.  Please take a moment to watch Matt's Facing the Future video:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmHdC6CYz7k.    I'm sure it will bring a SMILE to your face. 

Why do the children at the Good Shepherd have such great smiles?  Because thanks to the hard work of Dr. Jan and Larry Tepe, every child in the school receives FREE dental care at Dr. Idalia Ramos' dental clinic in Concepcion. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Good Shepherd Bilingual School!

Keep smiling,

Laura

Donation of Toothbrushes Good Shepherd School
Donation of Toothbrushes Good Shepherd School
Apr 16, 2018

16,800 bags of Chispuditos Travel Over Dirt Roads

Delivery truck trying to enter Clinic site
Delivery truck trying to enter Clinic site

Ana Gisela, the Coordinator of Shoulder to Shoulder's Micronutrient Program (MANI), waited anxiously for a week.  Everyday, she waited for the phone call that would tell her that the Chispuditos were on their way.  Why so much anxiety?  Well, when you have 16,800 bags of micronutrients traveling by truck from Guatemala to remote Honduras, over dirt roads, you tend to worry about whether they'll arrive or not.  But, finally, they did arrive!  Then, there was the challenge to get the huge truck through the gate at the clinic.  Challenge was overcome, and the bags were finally at the clinic site.

Next, there is the challenge to distribute the Chispuditos.  These 16,800 bags will be enough for 2 distributions -- in  April and July.  All through the month of April, 18 Community Health Workers will be distributing 1/2 of the truck load (that is, 8,400 bags) to the 2,800 children in the program.

It takes lots of organizational skills to ensure that all these bags get into the homes of 2,800 needy children.  But, Gisela and her team are up to the task! 

16,800 bags of Chispuditos
16,800 bags of Chispuditos
Gisela carrying sacks of Chispuditos
Gisela carrying sacks of Chispuditos
 
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