School began September 3rd and we are definitely in full swing! With the help of the donations of some food items, we have begun serving school meals three times a week, which has been the community's request for years. We served a few meals last spring, but we are finally able to now serve meals consistently. We have items to serve oatmeal, a corn meal porridge called mazorca which is really quite good, spaghetti, and rice and beans. We are doing this two times a day (for morning and afternoon school) three days a week. The cooks are mothers of students in the school who have volunteered for one of the six shifts for a month. The six volunteers will then rotate each month.
I am also happy to share that our fair trade art shop which sells artwork done by community members and is set up to fundraise for the school as well as create income for community members, has moved to a new and improved location. We have a long term volunteer who has been working hard to prepare the shop and contact tourist excursion guides who pass by daily to bring their groups by the shop. We just opened last Thursday and have only had one sale so far, but hopefully it will be rolling soon! We also now sell our t-shirts online. Check them out!
16 students have been sponsored so far this year, which leaves 45+ left to be sponsored. If you are interested in sponsoring, please e-mail Sponsor@EsperanzaMeansHope.org. If you donate $100 or more, we will contact you asking if you would like for your donation to go toward a student sponsorship, which is a $100 annual donation and you receive your student's profile complete with a family picture. Don't forget that Oct. 17th is a Global Giving matching day where donations are matched at 30%! So that's a great day to donate!
Thanks always for your support!
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