With all of your generous support, we sailed past our goal for this project which results in a stronger agricultural training program and a little more money to buy tools and needed supplies to boost the success rate in growing these needed vegetables.
Seeds are being sent this week to Alex Larkin in Washington state who will carry them to the Ixil region when he visits at the end of March. Selected seeds include: 200 packets each of winter squash, summer squash, beet, cabbage, cucumber, mustard greens, and tomatoes; 300 packets each of broccoli, carrot, and yellow onion; 100 packets of radish. With the high altitude of this part of Central America, cool-weather crops can be grown which are not feasible in some other parts of the tropics.
The Roya coffee rust disease which decimated 80% of Central American coffee crops this year has made this project even more critically important. The farmers of ASO-Ixil had first come together with a coffee production co-op in mind. With that income in jeopardy, food needs escalate and the vegetables will be essential.
The following letter - seen in the attached image - was received by Alex Larkin (translated from Spanish) from the ASO-Ixil Board:
Dear Mr Larkin,
By means of this message, please accept our warm greetings on behalf of the administration of ASO-Ixil . We wish that all of your activities bless you and benefit your spirit.The aim of the present note is to THANK YOU for working so hard for the fundraiser for the seeds for ASO-Ixil farmers. We and the farmers are so grateful to you for the effort to benefit the welfare of the Ixil people. In God we trust that we will reach the amount of the goal. and hopefully this is neither the first nor the last donation for the Ixil people. There are great needs in the areas of education, malnutrition, clothing, and more.
Without further ado, we are very grateful to you.
Manuel Laynez Anay, General President
Henry Escobar Caba, Vice President
Gaspar Rigoberta Caba Gallego, Director of Communication
Noe Olegario Santiago Caba, Director of Finance
We at Seed Programs International and Bright Star Philanthropy Partners extend these same heartfelt thanks to you, as donors who make all of this possible.
Thank you letter from ASO-Ixil Board