Feb 9, 2021

Turn plastic trash into pleasure

School mural
School mural

Greetings,

We hope this quick message finds you well. Luckily here in Guatemala all of our team is doing well too and we are starting to get back to continue our work to improve our community. As the schools plan to open up in the next month or two we are planning to get back educating children on the problems with single use plastics, plastic pollution as well as on eco-brick making. This year we plan on having children in the schools to exchange eco-bricks in order to win a mural and clean up for their school. We are always looking for ways to engage students and at the same time to clean up and beatify our community. Attached to this message are some photos of our first school mural that we completed together with a Dutch artist Carin who is currently visiting Guatemala just last week. For the moment, future donations to this project will be used to cover the costs of the materials to realize our next school mural. In addition to improving the look of our community, each school mural will provide roughly the eco-bricks necessary to build 1 rainwater harvesting system (1,300) and will recycle more than 300 pounds of plastic trash. We look forward to sending you photos once our next mural is done.

Best wishes,

Colleen

School mural front of school
School mural front of school
School mural side of school
School mural side of school
Feb 9, 2021

Come join us in a trip around the world!

Land forms and water bodies
Land forms and water bodies

Greetings,

We hope that this update finds you well. Here in Guatemala our team members are doing great! Our alternative school has been keeping us busy. During the school break the past few months we had been meeting once a week with a group of around 1 dozen children from 3 to 11. As school (in some form) in likely to start up this month, we are now meeting with the kids just once a month in our town of Itzapa and we have a request to form a new group in the rural village of Chijocon, San Martin where children don't have access to anything close to the activities that we are realizing in our school. Each time we get together we learn about a new country and do 15+ hands on activities and experiments associated with that country. So far we have visited Australia, Russia and Canada. We also focus on practical life skills where children learn manners and how to care for themselves and their surroundings as well as food preparation. We also recently unrolled a reading corner where the kids can take some time out to flip through their choice of books. We currently have raised funds for providing the snack for our Itzapa group for the entire year and any additional funds we raise will be used to provide snack for the Chijocon children. In this update you will find photos of examples of some of the hands on learning activities that were made possible through your support.

As always thank you for being part of this great project!

Best wishes,

Colleen

Tables of country activities
Tables of country activities
Flower arranging
Flower arranging
Reading area
Reading area
Students prepare and eat their snack
Students prepare and eat their snack
Oct 15, 2020

We go where the need is

Man receiving pantry supplies on his 90th birthday
Man receiving pantry supplies on his 90th birthday

We hope this update finds you well. To date, generous donations have enabled us to provide over 445 families with emergency pantry supplies packs. Most recently we handed out 28 pantry supplies packs in the community of Santiago Sacatepequez. One of the recipients was a man celebrating his 90th birthday. What a great way to celebrate his day! In this message you can find some of the photos from that day. You can find  the full album with most of the deliveries we have made to date through this link here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=compartiendo.nuestras.bendiciones.Guatemala&set=a.276560683350870

While we have enjoyed being a vehicle to bring pantry supplies to people during times of great need these past few months, all good things must come to an end. All over Guatemala we are adjusting to a new normal. When we first started this project it was in response to the necessary closure of all the non-essential activities in the country which made hunger a threat equal to the threat of coronavirus. Slowly but surely the economic activities are starting to reopen in the country. The president plans for an update at the end of the month regarding whether or not things will remain open or be shut down again. We are hoping that the country will be in a good state and that the economy will remain open and will start to regain momentum. In that event, we plan to close down this project in order to focus our efforts on our other great developing projects, including addressing the major gaps in education during these times of the pandemic. We invite you to check out the new project we have been developing in reaction to the fact that more than 40,000 children across the country have abandoned their education during the pandemic. This project involves traveling, hands on, educational exhibits to reengage children's learning while they have fun and recover from the psychological effects of months of lockdown. We go where the need is, and this is where we are currently being called:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/play-it-forward-guatemala/

As always we thank you for being a part of this great pantry supplies project that helped so many families to weather a rough time.

Best wishes from all of us.

Man with disability receiving pantry supplies
Man with disability receiving pantry supplies
Elderly woman receiving pantry supplies
Elderly woman receiving pantry supplies
 
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