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10 Dec 2010
We had a major clinic blessing today. Joel, our volunteer, went into the city today with a big truck and Juan, our guardian. They were going to pick up the 140 rubbermade buAckets of clothes, shoes, etc. that my husband and I had shipped down backin Sept.Also we had been told by a wonderful medical group that they would be receiving exam tables and we could get a couple. I gave him my wish list of other things we...
10 Dec 2010
Today is my 34th wedding anniversary. Maybe there are some of you out there where your 34th is full of nothing but fond memories and your marriage has been a total success. Mine has been a success, especially if you think about how abusive the upper middle class homes Jody and I grew up in were. But we have our ups and downs. I have my moments where I wish I could redo things. You see when Jody met me I was in law...
06 Dec 2010
I have not been able to upload pictures from my home, that is on top of a mountain and only has satellite connections, for months. So I go to my library which has dsl to do it. Sounds like Guatemala, huh, but it is my home in the Appalachia mountains of the USA. Anyway today we have 12 inches of snow on the ground with 6 more coming down and my pictures are uploading. Go figure. So the last four pictures are of the...
04 Dec 2010
While my husband and I were in Guate a couple of weeks ago, we visited Nueva Victoria. Joel, who is running things in Guate now for a couple of months, went with us. We were there to check out things esp. among the children and to measure for the benches and tables that a Eagle Scout team are going to make in Jan. While the men were measuring, I went,camera in hand, to find children. It did not take long before I...
30 Nov 2010
". Dominga said that an additional 15 new people showed up for the food program this week. She had to turn them away; she feels that the people do not understand that it is a question of set funds - that they feel she is wielding her power and that she chooses not to allow them. These new people are angry at "her". Starting at 80 people four months ago, they are now feeding 140; she has had to reduce portion size...
23 Nov 2010
We spent alot of our time getting the new volunteer house ready for teams.It is awesome. First is on San Andres side of the Cerro Lec bridge so it is only 15 minutes to our Los Robles property. Second they are going to close the road from San Andres to Pana in a month or two to "fix" the bridge. They expect it to stay closed for several months so if we were in Pana it would be close to an hour and a half to the...
18 Nov 2010
Let me do a little more explanation on Joel's pictures. BTW, Joel will be managing our programs for the month of Dec. and half of Jan. so we can expect many more great pictures. The first one is the market where we buy our food and where the Mayans' make their living. Food is more costly. For exam. tomatoes have doubled in the last two months. Second there are many less tourists and since the Mayans can not afford...
16 Nov 2010
QUETZALTENANGO/XELA, Guatemala – Henry’s parents died when he was young, leaving him at the mercy of a distant and not terribly interested relative. Lesbia’s father fell prey to alcoholism, and after a brutal 10-year battle, his body was found in a river near here. Damaris never knew her father, but a loving grandmother filled in the gaps – until a couple of years ago, when she took to her bed. Last year, she died....
14 Nov 2010
Bryan, a six-year old Guatemalan-born boy, lives in South Carolina with his American family. For such a small tyke, he has big ideas. His vision—raise money to sponsor a boy in Guatemala through the sale of baked goods. But cakes and cookies are not all. He intends to expand his sales by offering Mayan crafts. Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala is sending him some of our colorful items—animal backpacks, traditionally...
13 Nov 2010
Hello everyone, I am reprinting an article by Michael Deibert of the Guardian newspaper in England. He is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies and the author of Notes from the Struggle for Haiti. I could not have written on this topic better–so I’ll let you read what he has to say. Frances Guatemala’s lonely battle against corruption While Mexico’s war on...
13 Nov 2010
My sil thought it would be a good idea to explain the Guatemalan school year so you would know why we are asking for money at this time. And I agree. It is really quite simple. They start the new school year sometime in Jan. and end the last of October. The inscription , or registration, fees are due now. Plus they have to buy their uniforms and books and everything esle they need ahead of time.Hope this helps. Vicki
12 Nov 2010
While here in Guatemala we have many people come to us for needs they can not have met any other way. On Tuesday I had 7 delightful 12 and 13 year olds come to me and ask me to help them stay in school. You see they just finished primario or 6th grade. Their parents have been able to pay that as it is only about $120 a year. But in basico and 7th grade they enter a new financial world. A world where they have to...
08 Nov 2010
Last week, through the efforts of long-time friends in Naples, Florida, Adopt-a-Village was provided the opportunity to speak about the plight of the Mayan people and to sell Mayan art and crafts to raise funds for food for Guatemalan orphans and widows. Lisa Rizk, Broker, and Dorothy DeMichele, senior real estate specialist of Arbor Trace Realty, provided an elegant setting and luncheon at Arbor Trace, a resident...
01 Nov 2010
Presentation at Lutheran Bethlehem Church The Maya of Guatemala have found new friends in Dekalb, Illinois. Adopt-a-Village president, Frances Dixon, recently traveled to Dekalb to receive a contribution from the Lutheran Bethlehem Church.
01 Nov 2010
For almost 20 years, two special people, Patti and Glenn Barber, have been volunteering for Adopt-a-Village. Although they live in Ohio, a great distance form our headquarters in Miami, that hasn’t stopped them from completing many mailing programs for our organization. Both have served as directors on our Board; they are now sponsoring a third child with Adopt-a-Village; and they continue with the mailing...
26 Oct 2010
Volunteers are the backbone of Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala. They may be seniors, singles, or children, but from whatever age group or walk of life, their investment of time, energy, and commitment creates better lives for impoverished Mayan families in Guatemala. Indeed, because of them, Adopt-a-village has been able to provide education and health aid for thousands of children. Amy and Bryan Jenkins, parents of...
25 Oct 2010
After the tent pics are the ones we took when we were giving out food, shoes and clothes in Nueva Victoria . When we return, we will be checking out what they have now for a school for the 120 elementary kids starting in Jan. I guess what they don't have will be more outstanding. We need bookbags with school supplies for about 500 children.
25 Oct 2010
The bottom picture is of a new family we were trying to help. The woman is pregnant and had no food so we hired the man to be a gardener. According to community rumor he was one of the people involved in our robbery. Oh well. No good turn goes unpunished. Altho I don't really believe that it seems a good saying for this picture.Next is a picture of our fearless, loyal cook, Dominga, and her mom and son. They all...
25 Oct 2010
I have not been able to upload pictures at my home now for over a month. It is very frustrating. But my downs son is now receiving home tutoring as the new school he was supposed to go to was a daily 3 hours bus ride.. Too much for a child who is developmentally about 5 and mimics every cuss word he hears. So he receives home tutoring and will be homeschooled when we live in Guatemala. The homeschooling is...
25 Oct 2010
A category-1 hurricane, dubbed “Richard” that made landfall in Belize yesterday is now moving over northern Guatemala today. Along with hurricane force winds, it will dump large amounts of rain likely causing life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Roads in the region where Adopt-a-Village works still have not been cleared from previous mudslides created by heavy rains over the past weeks, our Guatemalan staff...
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