These are pictures of the persecuted Christians we are helping in India. First is the school children and the second are the teenagers that will be taking the national high school test. We are sending money to them for the tests and school supplies.
2) The Solar project. Gordon Hamm brought and we installed four solar systems. One was a grow box in the Branch Garden. Others were in members homes who do not have electricity. It gets dark at 6 and light at 6. The lights hopefully will at least allow them to have light so they can read scriptures, prepare lessons and read at night. It will make such a difference in there home.
3) Around 20 Flashlights were distributed that can be recharged by hand. They were sure a hit and will be put to very good use.
4) Assistance to the coch family. Gordon Hamm developed a close relationship with this family when he went down with his family. There daughter Anna is the only seminary graduate from last year. She works six days a week in the Restaraunt of President Lico for an income of about 35Q per day (around $4.67 per day) She takes all her income home. While there brother coch cut his foot with a Machete and had to have stitches. We took a load of wood to the family and they were also given some funds from the donations. We also installed a solar light in there home. They were very appreciate of the help.
5) They are just finishing a new Clinic that we can possibly utilize in the future for Dental and Medical. Scott worked many hours to help them get a piece of equipment operational. He developed a very good relationship with the staff. We may want to explore using the facility and taking medical groups in the future.
6) Debbie and Katie worked with the Spradins a missionary couple from El Dorado Arkansas. They did some teaching in some schools and worked with the missionaries on teaching English at the Church. Debbie also made a trip with them to a very remote village, and it about killed her getting there. Fortunately the mayor of the community drove them back in her nice vehicle. The conditions of the members is very meager, especially in the mountain villages where so much work needs to be done. Yet they have smiles on there faces and appreciate so much all that is done for them.
7) We found a young boy with size 12 shoes, and took him the store and bought him new shoes, socks and a spiderman backpack. He was so proud.
8) Dave Otts daughter made some beautiful purses that we were able to pass out, and were very well received. He also brought alot of small toys and other items that were passed out, all were a big hit with the children.
9) Debbie Clark worked with President Licos wife on her Diabetes. She has provided her with a testing meter, strips and spent alot of time giving her good input on what she needs to do to try and get her Diabetes under control.
I apologize if anything has been left out. Gordon in my seven years of doing Humanitarian work I have never come back from a trip feeling so personally satisfied. I am so grateful for the Donations that were raised by Dave Ott and Ron Truman, along with all of the materials donated by Gordon Hamm for the Solar Projects. Debbie Clark also took down around 80 white shirts for Missionaries. 50 were left in Guatemala City and 30 were left with President Lico in Senahu. I can see why they are called the forgotten people. The Bus ride is a grueling 10 hours from Guatemala City, around 7 on dirt roads. Fortunately the bus that is now based in Senahu was very comfortable and reasonable, only 300Q each way around ($40 us). There is so much we can do in Senahu-Seamy and in my opinion District President Lico is the one to help us in our work.
Best group I have ever worked with, such a pleasure and so much good was accomplished for these good people.
We have ongoing projects in Tijuana. You pick the week or more and we will put you to work. Othewise, we have March 21-28, June 9-16, July 7-14, Aug. 4-11, Oct. 13-20, Nov. 17-24, Dec. 26-Jan. 2. Hope to see you on one or more.
Charity Anywhere Foundation is supporting the following projects on a monthly basis.
- Safe Harbour – Layton, Utah – Domestic violence for women and children – Furnish supplies for living.
- Safe Harbour – Salt Lake City, Utah – Domestic violence for women and children- Furnish living supplies.
- Lowell Park Apartment- Salt Lake City, Utah – Low cost housing Senior citizen center – Furnish supplies to keep seniors active and productive.
- St. Vincent medical clinic – Tijuana, Mexico – We pay their utilities each month.
- Casa de Hogar – Tijuana, Mexico – orphanage – 75 children – Each month we supply living supplies.
- Malnurished women and children – Senahu, Guatemala – Each month we support 200 mothers and children with Incaperina
- Daycare center for single mothers – Quetzaltenago, Guatemala – Daily child care for single working mothers.
- Medical and dental services – Ecuador – Each month we have 2-4 medical-dental expeditions to poor villages throughout Ecuador.
We have updated our calendar showing all of the expeditions that will be happening till the end of the year. Look through these dates and sign up for one of our service projects today.
Here are a couple of photos from our trip to Guatemala.
This is the beautiful painting on the outside of the daycare in Quetzaltenango. Kid-nnectedWorld helped by donating playground equipment, fencing and all the paint for inside and outside the building,plus cement for a small patio.
We are exhausted and trying to catch our breath. It is so hard to think that we are in this land of “PLENTY” after being in such a primitive area. We have traveled through time about 200 years. I cry everytime I think of the conditions of the people there and pray to the Lord to bless them and give them the bounties of the earth. These are just a few pix to let you feel of the country.
Just a quick note to let you all know that we are leaving Guatemala this morning. We are both exhausted but the work here was very rewarding. We can’t wait to tell you about it. We had some complications and had to stay a few extra days.
We had a very hard working group this trip. They are continuing on for the next week to lay tile at the daycare in Questaltanago. We will be in touch with you later.
What a trip this has been. The Guatemala scenery is beyond description. Beautiful. We have had 3 other adults with us and they agree. One has been to Peru and Hawaii.
We have been busy giving away the luggage stuff we brought. It has been most interesting. We went to a new branch here in Quetzal and the thing they were most excited about was the empty suitcases we left for future missionaries. They said they were going to hang them both on the little chapel wall. By the way the chapel was a house and we held the sacrament meeting in the double car garage. This is the second Sunday they have held sacrament. We are helping them put up a couple of walls to make more classrooms. Very poor area.
We head for the capital tomorrow. A lot to show and talk about when we return.
The Incaperina program is doing more than I thought. Very happy with that.
We hope to be home a week from Wednesday. Hope to see you all then.
BE GOOD AND DO GOOD.
Hello everyone, I just have a few minutes to let you know that we are now out of the mountains and will be in Guatemala City tomorrow. We have had such an amazing experience as we have handed out the incaperina. There were at least 6 sets of twins. They have a hard time because they usually have low birth weight and then the mother doesn’t usually have enough milk. I saw at least one child that I doubt will live. He was an older boy about 3 but just laid in his mothers lap. All the children were very lethargic.
Stayed at a fantastic place last night, a coffee plantation high in the mountains. I have to go for the minute but I´ll write later tonight.