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
Oct 14, 2020

Exciting plans in the works!

Universe nesting boxes
Universe nesting boxes

We hope this update finds you well. When we first conceptualized this project we envisioned leisurely game afternoons with groups of disadvantaged children in our community. Then the coronavirus pandemic erupted and changed the world as we know it. Since the coronavirus outbreak started more than 40,000 Guatemalan children have abandoned their studies. Many of these children live in the communities we work in. For those students who have remained in school, their education these past few months has been limited to packages of worksheets sent home from the schools. Once we saw the devastating effects the pandemic is having on children's education we began to seek training in Montessori education and we are currently developing learning modules in the style of a traveling hands on children's museum in an attempt to enrich children's learning and to help fill in the gaps the coronavirus has left. The funds you provided are being used to develop our first module, a science based exploration of the universe pictured in the photos in this update. Through this module, students will learn about the size of the universe; the order, appearance and sizes of the planets; the moon cycles, how craters are formed; some constellations and the basic steps of a scientific experiment. All while having fun! We hope to reach hundreds of children with each module and have plans for additional modules in areas such as the major organ systems and their organs, mathematics, birds, sea animals, landmarks of the world and more! To continue supporting this program or to recommend it to a friend, please click on the link below:

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

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

Best wishes

Completing order of the planets puzzle
Completing order of the planets puzzle
Order of the planets
Order of the planets
How a crater is formed scientific experiments
How a crater is formed scientific experiments
How a crater is formed scientific experiment
How a crater is formed scientific experiment
Oct 14, 2020

Shifting Focus

We hope this update finds you well. Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, this project has been temporarily postponed. We had planned to continuing working with students in our local area schools teaching them about the devastating environmental effects of single use plastics and encouraging them to make eco-bricks in exchange for items to enhance learning in their classrooms. However, our area schools will have reduced in-class time to reduce contamination. In addition, the eco-bricks we collect have typically been used for our rainwater harvesting project. Funding opportunities for this project are currently scarce. While we are awaiting relief from coronavirus related limitations, we will be working on building and carrying out traveling, educational, participatory exhibits for children in our community to enrich their learning. Currently more than 40,000 Guatemalan children have abandoned school during the pandemic, many in the communities we work in. Click on this link to learn more about this great project and how you can contribute: 

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

As always thank you for your support.

Best wishes

 
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