This week, I was able to send money to Oscar and Marcos family for food. I will have photos to post soon.
It's almost time to pay for school sponsorship again. I am debating if I will be sponsoring Raphael again this upcoming year.
The main reason, I want to do larger projects that will impact families - such as I did with Marcos floor and building Oscar a home. Raphaels mother has lied saying that Raphaels father was dead, so that her children would be sponsored under Mayan Families. Raphaels father alive - he is a drunk.
Part of me wants to make sure Raphael will be sponsored - however, I am pretty sure he will be - as he is still elementary age (it costs less to spnosor younger students).
I do not feel comfortable giving Raphaels family items that the parents might sell, using the items purchased to exchange for boose instead of bettering their lives.
Oscar and Marcos both have hard working parents that are tying to make a difference in the lives of their children. I know in donating larger items (tables, chairs etc) - that the parents will not sell them. They will charish the items.
I am thinking that I will not renew Raphaels sponsorship right now. If he is still not sponsored in a few months - maybe we can pick him up again.
I would like your thoughts on this please.
My good friend Daphne is trying to raise money to have a playground built at a Christian school in Guatemala.
She is in the process of selling Christmas Ornaments.
You can CLICK HERE to go to her blog and order if you'd like. :) I ordered one today.
I'd love to hear your suggestions on how we can raise money for Oscars home! :)
I'm waiting to hear back from a couple of organizations, and also from a newspaper reporter or two... this will help generate publicity for Oscars home.
Right now, we cannot afford to donate extra for food for the boys... I am saving up money but, right now things are tight...
If you feel motivated - you can make a donation for food to the families we sponsor.
The amount is $65 per family for all of the basic foods they need for one month. Or, $125 per family that includes meat/poultry as well.
In the past, we normally pay $65. We do not help with food every month. The last time we supplied the families with food was a couple of months ago.
After sending the totes for the boys (aprox $300 for shipping and supplies inside the totes), & paying for shipping costs of the books (aprox $75) our budget is a little tight.
To send donation, its simple. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know who you would like to benefit from your money donation... and let them know which student number the money is for.
You go to: http://www.mayanfamilies.org/food.htm and click the contribute button.
Here are the student numbers:
Please let us know if you donate food for the families - so I can post it here and let others know that it is taken care of.
I was just noticing that Oscar looked a little thin compared to last time I looked at photos of him, however - he could just be growing taller.
I do know that the families are lucky to eat tortillas with salt as a meal...
This is a tax deductible donation through Mayan Families.
I am so excited about building Oscar a home, I cannot sleep. It's almost 11pm...
Oscar and his family have no idea that by this time next year they will be living in a brand new home.
They are going to know something is up this week, because I have contacted a couple different organizations for price quotes... so the organizations will have to visit the home. I have also contacted Habitat For Humanity to see if we can work with their organization here in North Carolina. I feel like this could be a very good way to raise the money for the home, as Habitat For Humanity is very well known for their wonderful work.
Please pray about this - that everything will fall into place. The sooner everything works out, the sooner Oscar can have his home.
Not only do I want a home placed on their property, but I want to supply them with basic supplies such as a table and chairs (right now they have one table and one chair in their home). This family is very hard working and I know the parents will take care of their belongings. Once their home is set up, the family will be able to really better themselves without struggling to stay warm in the winter, or dry in the rainy season.
Oscar and his family lost a home in 2005 due to Hurricane Hugo. They have lost a set of twins due to sickness... they deserve this new home.
Late last night, I almost had a heart attack! I thought someone hacked into my PayPal account... stealing $100. Low and behold, someone did not hack into my account - someone DONATED to our cause in Guatemala.
Thank you for the $100. It will go towards building a home for Oscar!
I really want to build a house for Oscar and his family. I posted that someplace before posting
the photos of the boys receiving their goodies... I did not want this post to drop down to the bottom of the page just yet! :)
Oscars home has all sorts of "issues." Oscars current home has a roof made of tin and a plastic tarp. It is made of wood planks. The wind and rain blows inside of it.
It will be better to just rebuild a home on their property.
For a two bedroom block home, I was quoted a price of aprox. $4,100.
However, this did not include the toilet (not sure why?).
I want to raise $5,000.
This is going to be tough, as our family is on a tight budget right now... but I am hard headed, and when I set my mind to something... it is set.
I had just enough money left over from our Guatemala trip, to send to Oscar and his family. It was enough for a tuk-tuk ride back to their home from visiting Mayan Families to pick up the tote of goodies. :)