We believe that learning is important but also of significance for us is that the student of The Integral Heart School also develop their moral standards. As Theodore Roosevelt once said “To educate a man in mind and not inmoralsis to educate a menace to society.”
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Therefore, we encourage them to serve in their own community. Our students and staff were very involved last year in the months after the volcano emergency and many of our kids jumped at the chance to help those affected by the tragedy. They also help in other ways with our local families, such as with their transportation, cleaning, bringing groceries they need to their homes when they are sick or too old and so on.
But, this month our students and staff decided to spend a day volunteer at a nearby dog shelter that is home to 65 abandoned/street dogs. This a huge issue in Guatemala, even a short drive to our local town you can count 20-30 of them roaming the streets, uncared for and unloved.
The shelter is called Amor Animal and here you can see some pictures of the work they did on this full day out. The students, under the direction of the shelter caretaker (1) swept and bathed and brushed, cleaned ears and eyes, played with the loneliest and the most needy ones and most of all, gave love and hugs and pats all around.
As Immanuel Kant said: “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
We want to truly appreciate the hearts of all of you who make this possible. Because of you, love is expanding in all directions and to all sentient beings. Thank you very much.
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