Jul 24, 2014

Shelter from the Storms

Juan triumphs with a home
Juan triumphs with a home

With over 20" of rain falling last month, those families enjoying the healthy comfort of new solid floors send their gratitude.   To date 57 families in San Pablo La Laguna have benefited.  When the skies cleared some, we took a break from the floor project to help 6 families in immediate need of roofs.   In most cases these were entire rebuilds of all the timbers as well as the corrigated panels.    More floors are planned for August.

In other GHA news, we have created a music program that is serving over 400 children weekly in the community of Pasajquim.  The following works are all taking place in Pasajquim, a much neglected community of about 1800.

We also just this week finished our 15th house build, this one being in Pasajquim and with the help of teenagers who are touring Guatemala with Walking Tree Travel.   We love to see young people, exposed probably for the first time, react with grace and generocity.

Also this year, under the GHA mission of education, we developed a beading program that benefited 10 single moms who now have a livelihood and with the tutorage of our director, Miriam Navichoc, have created a cooperative.

Through a GHA alliance with Centro Maya, now the handicapped children are getting the help they have long needed, with therapists coming weekly to the community.

57 children benefit from GHA provided scholarships this year. 

Be on the look out for an upcoming fundraiser to provide 'summer school' in Pasajquim.   Currently even the tiny, malnourished library in that town closes down for the 2 vacation months, November and December.   This year will be different, with reading hours, music lessons, science experiments, crafts, art and stories told by the community's elders

We are a young organization, encouraging communities to define their needs to us, and we are very proud to stretch our donor's money so significantly.

Thank you.

GHA's beading workshop for 10 single moms
GHA's beading workshop for 10 single moms
music program takes hold in Pasajquim
music program takes hold in Pasajquim
house and family awaiting a healthier situation
house and family awaiting a healthier situation
Apr 23, 2014

Pisos=Floors, comfort or mud

Hello lovely donors, from the highlands of Guatemala.

Last night we had our first thunderous downpour of the season. The rain went on for hours, a pounding so loud that voices could not be heard above it.   I sat in comfort and worried about the families who have leaky roofs and floors turning to mud.   And I thought of the 50 families that have to date received cement floors through your generous donations.

A wonderful local organization that works with handicapped children, Centro Maya, recently told us a story of a child they work with.   She was in extreme pain.  Her family's dirt floor had incubated the parasites inhabiting her.   After they had left her malnourished and had nothing left to consume, the parasites began to devour her intestines.   Only by removing a large segment was her life saved.

This is what it is about, friends.  This is how your donations help.   And besides the health and comfort issues, the pride of the families with a new floor is apparent.

I've attached some photos of recently finished floors.  On behalf of the families, we send you sincere gratitude for your generosity.

Paz y abrazos,

Nance

Feb 19, 2014

Floor project projections

house going up in Pasajquim
house going up in Pasajquim

Hey there all you generous friends.   We have completed 22 floor pours and have another 12 scheduled within the next 3 weeks.   We had taken time out to build 3 houses and also continued our outreach into Pasajquim by initiating a workshop to teach beading to 10 single mums and widows there.   We partnered with the fine organization, Miracles In Action, to fund this, and they will be responsible for marketing the products made.   This will have a really significant benefit for the families involved.

We built 2 houses in Pasajquim in November, and one is in the works at this moment in San Pablo La Laguna.   We also re-roofed 3 homes which were in horrendous shape.

In Guatemala the school year begins in January, so most of that month was taken with the happy duty of distributing scholarship funds to 65 students who otherwise would have been struggling or dropping out for financial hardship.

scholarship students doing community service
scholarship students doing community service
Catarina's roof
Catarina's roof
volunteers help with a floor pour
volunteers help with a floor pour
floor work
floor work
 
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