| Jan 20, 2017
We are the Future We will Sow Seeds of Success
Donations will buy tools to prepare the soil
WE ARE THE FUTURE. WE WILL SOW THE SEEDS OF SUCCESS
Our Global Giving Donors have opened the door to the opportunity to not only survive, but open the possibilities for our children to have a better life.
PLEASE HELP US BY DONATING TO FULLY FUND THIS PROJECT SO WE CAN INCLUDE THE MANY WOMEN ON THE WAITING LIST. WE WILL START THIS PROJECT THE SECOND WEEK OF FEBRUARY 2017
Juana tells the donors: “We have no tools, and use sticks or our hands to prepare the soil. We have no seeds, or worms to make organic fertilizer. We know how to weave, to cook on the open fires in our homes, and wash the clothes in the river. We want to learn how to raise vegetables so our children have enough to eat. We will give a portion to families that do not have a garden. Maybe we will have a good harvest and have some extra money to pay for medicine or school tuition.”
Josefa says “ Ta'antiixh" Thank You. I want to give our gratitude and blessings to the donors supporting our women’s agriculture project. Our villages are very very poor. We are families of elders, parents, mothers, children and grandchildren all living together in one small house for each large family. We are villages of mostly widows, abandoned mothers, and families left behind as the older boys and men go to other parts of Guatemala to work as laborers. “
Juana and Josefa are the leaders from two of the women’s s agriculture project villages and do not read or write. They speak only the local language of Ixil Maya. They are on the Board of Directors for the ASO-Ixil Farmers Association that sponsors this project. Juana and Josefa have spoken in Ixil to an IXIL/Spanish interpreter. Their messages to the donors have been translated from Spanish to English for this report.
We have organized for education and leadership development of women
The agriculture technician that will instruct the Team Leaders and Assistants and monitor the projects in each village is the President of the ASO-Ixil Farmer’s Association and a professional in agriculture for this high mountain region.
Team Leader 1 Josefa (ASO-Ixil Farmers Association Board member) Josefa will have 5 female assistants in managing the project of all the women of the project village 1
Team Leader 2 Juana (ASO-Ixil Farmers Association Board member) Juana will have 5 female assistants in managing the project of all the women of the project village 2
Team Leader Rosa. ---------- (ASO-Ixil Farmers Association member). Rosa will have 5 female assistants in managing the project of all the women of the project village 3
Skype with us
Would you like to Skype with Rosa? We will arrange for Ixil/Spanish and English interpreters for a scheduled Skype. Please contact Janet Bourque email@example.com
Please help us reach our funding goal so that we can buy some tools and seeds for more women who want to be in this project.
Teams work together for the success of all
Widows raise seedlings for later planting
we weave our clothing but need food to eat
Working with mother earth is sacred to Maya
Fresh corn leaves for tamales = 2 hour walk