Jan 23, 2021

Thank You

The Third Well
The Third Well

We are deactivating the COVID-19 Relief: Guatemalan & Kenyan Communities project because the Watha Project successfully built their third well to serve hundreds in Kenya (and hosted Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Workshops for almost 300 attendees) and Community Finance Guatemala (CFG) will continue to receive donations and send out updates from their individual GlobalGiving project page. In fact, we encourage you to follow this link to CFG’s project page: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/economic-empowerment-guatemalan-maya-women/reports/#menu and scroll to almost the bottom where it says “Get Reports via Email” to signup to receive project report updates from them about their ongoing COVID-19 relief efforts.

We want to express our deepest thanks for your support of the COVID-19 Relief: Guatemalan & Kenyan Communities project. This initiative that you gave to improved the quality of life and health of these people and we are forever grateful for your generosity.

WASH Workshop
WASH Workshop
Dec 12, 2020

Thank You

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in the world community, with over 71.5 million cases and more than 1.6 million deaths. We at GRACE Cares offer our deepest thanks to everyone who gave to this project to support those dealing with the crisis. Funds raised allowed local heroes with Project Hearts (Dominican Republic), the Lucknow Project (India), and Kali to Kali (Rwanda) to address the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. Although this project is fully funded, these organizations continue to support the people of the Baitoa region in the Dominican Republic, the Lucknow region in India, and the Kigali region in Rwanda in their struggle against the current pandemic. This initiative that you gave to improved the quality of life and health of these people and we are forever grateful for your generosity.

Dec 9, 2020

Building Resilience for the New Year

Happy to receive her new egg-laying baby chickens
Happy to receive her new egg-laying baby chickens

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, to say the least. However, all of these unforeseen difficulties have not stopped the Community Finance Guatemala team from finding ways to continue to support the 15 communities we work in. As you know, towards the beginning of the pandemic we responded by providing helpful information about the pandemic to the families we support --- some of whom don’t have television or internet access. We encouraged them to wash their hands regularly, keep a safe physical distance and always wear a mask when around other people.

Along with the informational support, we also helped them to start their own home gardens by providing them with seed packets and instructional pamphlets. Their gardens have flourished this year and the multiple harvests of leafy greens, cauliflower, radishes, and more, have greatly supplemented their typical diets of corn tortillas and black beans. As the weeks passed and the pandemic showed no signs of going away, the local team came up with a new idea for increasing the food security of the families: egg-laying chickens!

After shopping around at nearby farms, the team found a great deal and purchased more than 1500 chickens to distribute among the families. Each family received about six baby chickens and a few pounds of chicken feed to get them started.

One of our Community Finance Advisors, Doña María, who is always thinking about ways to promote sustainability in the communities, came up with a simple chicken feeder design made from recycled two-liter bottles. As the team visited the families, they facilitated short workshops on how to make the chicken feeders, best practices for raising chickens, and how to plan their small homesteads to be as sustainable as possible.

Now, as we look ahead to 2021 we are seeing potential to continue along this same path towards greater resiliency. We have big plans to help our families achieve greater health financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally. From new projects such as designing composting chicken coops to new workshops on holistic stress management. We believe the incredible resilience of the families we work with will provide a solid foundation upon which they will continue to develop themselves and their communities in 2021 and beyond.

Showing off her new home-made chicken feeder
Showing off her new home-made chicken feeder
Receiving her new chickens
Receiving her new chickens
Admiring her home garden
Admiring her home garden
Listening during a workshop about raising chickens
Listening during a workshop about raising chickens
 
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