Have You Noticed?

Have you ever noticed that Oscar, Rafael and Marcos wear the same two outfits? This is because they cannot afford anything else.

Also note that only very poor families wear "American clothing." Most families who are doing "okay" have traditional clothing.


Well, I thought that Oscars - sisters sponsor had purchased a stove for his family... but, I was wrong.

As soon as I found out they did not have a stove - we scrounged for the money, and purchased one for them.

As you can see, not only does Marcos need a cement floor - Oscars family could use quite a few things as well.

Also please note - FINALLY we have a photo of Oscars father in this photo. He is a VERY hard worker...

Ah, looking at this photo of Marcos holding a picture that he colored made me really tear up. He's such a special kid - that whole family is really special to me!

Well, the families we sponsor were able to pick up the "Fathers Day Baskets."

Although, we don't see the fathers too often - it is because they are working constantly - for a very minimum amount of money.

Soon, we should have a photo of Rafael also... stay tuned! :)

Raising Money

We need to raise about $2,000 for our sponsored families to purchase items they need - such as tables/chairs/cement floor/electricity etc....

If you have any fundraiser ideas - please let me know. :)

I am going to try setting up an online fundraiser. :)

I'll keep you all posted. :)

Also, if you'd like to make a money donation - and would like it to be tax deductable - please go to http://www.mayanfamilies.org - make sure you write a note that says you'd like the money to go to one of our sponsored students fund. :)

I sent money today for three Fathers Day baskets to our sponsored children... (total of $90)...

Student #:
592- “In Loving Memory Of Grandpa Harold Harrington”
592- “In Loving Memory Of Grandpa Charles Jensen”
605- “In Honor of Grandma Harrington”

Here's an updated list of what our families could REALLY benifit from:

Oscar #594

They need a bed, a closet, a table and four chairs,
and a cement floor. They also need a small kitchen built. and of course, food.

#592 Marcos

They need a cement floor , a large table and four or five chairs, traditional clothes for the little sister, she is not wearing the clothes from her village but second hand clothing from another village. An traditional outfit for her would be approx. $70.
I am sure that they would appreciate food as well.

#605 Rafael. Their greatest need would be to have the electricity connected.
a table and four chairs, build a small kitchen and of course, food.

While in Guatemala - we had a price quote to cover a cement floor for Marcos, the cost is between 300-400. I am waiting to hear about how much it would cost for Oscars home, as he lives near Pana - and I'm wondering if it will be cheaper because his home is not on a mountain side.

If you'd like to make donations to help these families - please go directly to http://www.mayanfamilies.org/ - when making a payment, be sure to include a note as to what the money should be used for. If you'd like to donate to me, you can do so - but please note it is not tax deductable - however, I will collect money and pool it all together to purchase bigger items (like the floors).

A good amount of food is about $45-65 per family.

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