We are continuing to supply academic assistance in the form of scholarships, school supplies and human resources to the rural the indigenous community of Buena Vista, located in the mountains overlooking the beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
With the assistance of donations and volunteers we are able provide school supplies, teach Elementary level students basic numeracy and literacy skills and help serve food to the children. We also work with arts and craft projects and Physical Education.
We have also contracted three university students to work as teacher aides and help the volunteers with translations and lesson planning. These three young women are indigenous and speak the native language of the students, Spanish and also some English. It is great to have Indigenous girls who have progressed through to University level come and give something back to other Indigenous children and inspire them to succeed.
Sadly Tropical Storm Agatha brought much destruction to Guatemala which has caused havoc for many of the Indigenous communities already struggling to get by. Houses were destroyed and crops were washed which means food prices are already rising. We will still be providing support on the ground and supplying funding for the school to help give the kids the chance to realize their basic human right to an education.
Our food program continues up at lake Atitlan, with all sorts of nutritional food being provided. Fruit is key, due to vitamins and water intake, so we are concentrating on this area. Crops are beginning to fail, so this program is imperative.
The children have moved on successfully this year in their educational life, and we are told that many more families have decided to send there children to the school in 2010, taking us over 200, which is a great achievement and shows what can be done with a lot of hard work. Thanks to everyone involved and Happy New Year
Greetings. The project at the lake has had an excellent year and to start fundraising for next year, I will be embarking on a Charity Challenge, climbing 4 volcanoes in 6 days, so please, if you can, spare a penny or two to help raise funds for such a good cause.
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Project Leader: Ross Deans
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