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Thou Shalt Not Judge

THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE

While in Tijuana, Mexico on a humanitarian expedition I supervised 45 volunteers from various universities and families. On the first day, I noticed this tall male college student. He had long hair to his shoulders and was rather quiet. I immediately thought he might be rebellious and I had concerns on how the week would go. He willingly took on the work assignments for his group. The cutest girl there sort of shined up to him. I ,again , could not reconcile how this beautiful girl could team up with this long haired guy.

Later in the week I visited one of the work sites and found these two working on building a fence. I talked to them and found out that both were returned missionaries. Long hair????? Returned missionary???? It just didn’t compute. While visiting them at the work site a little Mexican boy came up and begged for money. This long haired returned missionary dug into his pocket and gave the boy a few pesos. Again, this action just did not compute with the long hair. How could this be?

After we returned to the USA, I got to meet the mother of the beautiful volunteer. I found out that the two were now planning a temple wedding. Wow, long hair and a temple wedding??? I then had the courage to ask the mother of the bride about the long hair.

She then told me the following story. Upon his return from his mission his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She had to go through radiation and chemotherapy. Knowing that his mother would loose all her hair, the returned missionary decided to grow his hair out so his mother could have a wig. He did and she got the wig. Well, before we went to Mexico, this great young man found out that his aunt had the same cancer and treatment. His long hair was now going to be used as a wig for his aunt. Oh how small I felt. I had misjudged this good young man strictly on his appearance.

THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE.

Gordon Carter

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BYU Distinguished Service Award

I am so excited to inform you of a very special opportunity in our lives. We were informed recently that Gordon Carter has been chosen by the Brigham Young University Alumni Association to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the year 2012.

I am quoting from the letter sent to inform us of this honor. “The university has honored some of its most outstanding alumni with this award since its inception in 1937. Among the first honorees have been Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the electronic television, and venerable U.S. Senator Reed Smoot. Year after year since then, BYU has gratefully paid tribute to her alumni who have distinguished themselves in a wonderful way.”

We have been surprised, honored, surprised, excited and surprised. But I wanted to make you aware of this honor for Gordon, not in a boasting way, but so that you can join with us in the excitement. The award will be given during BYU Homecoming week October 12 & 13th. Gordon will be recognized briefly at the beginning of the BYU Spectacular on Friday evening.

Because of the award, Gordon was filmed by a crew from BYU. One of the acknowledgements was to his parents, Mel and Ione Carter, and to my parents, Loy and Erma Blake. He is proud of the Carter family and the Blake family and all those that are part of it.

I hope you will cheer him on in the work that he does as Founder of Charity Anywhere Foundation. It has brought comfort and blessings to thousands of individuals who have so very little.

We send our love to all,

Susan Carter

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The Stoves

The stoves. When Rob Rheinhart of the Maya Relief shared this with me 4 years ago I could not fully grasp the signifigance of the stoves in the Homes. Thanks to the the efforts of Ron Truman and Dave Ott, they raised $3000 for the purchase of stoves and other projects. We purchased 12 Stoves from Maya Relief for $120 per stove. If we could and started a project like Incaperina to fund stoves on a monthly basis, President Lico could provide work for some in his district.

We installed 6 stoves, and left another six with the necessary funds to get them to the villages. The day we installed the first 3 stoves it was pouring rain. The first stove was at the home of a Branch President in cite kechi (spelling not guaranteed). They have just finished a beautiful chapel. The President lives in a shack with his wife and 3 children. He didnt even have a stove but was using 3 blocks to cook on. I saw no food in the house, but the church manuals were on the table. It was incredible to see Dave and Ron work along with President Lico. The first stove took about an hour and a half to install, but the difference was immediate. The smoke in the home was overwhelming and with completion of the stove all the smoke goes outside the home. The family was very greatful and the Branch President went with us for the remainder of the day and did alot of the heavy lifting.

The second home was a mom and dad with 8 children all living in a 3 room shack. The trail to there home was almost impassable because of the rain. In this home they were able to install the stove in around 50 minutes, and again the family was most grateful.

The third stove was in the home of the Branch President in the village of semu roch (again spelling not guaranteed. I have not be able to find any of the maps of Guatemala that have these villages on the map. With this family Ron and Dave also allocated money from there Donations to buy the family a months supply of food. It was interesting that at this family the mother was cooking Incaperina for the evening meal. Makes me think that we may possibly want to expand the Incaperina and include families of greatest need. We asked President Lico about fast offerings, he said the amounts were very small. To get assistance from the Church the Branch has to complete paperwork, send it to the District and then send it to the Mission President for approval. It appears to be slow and cumbersome and in many cases does not allow for the immediate needs. For this family Elder Anderson from Tehachapi California reported back to us the gratitude from the family for the flashlights, food and the stove. The father said that it use to take 20 Loads of wood, and now it only takes 5. They have to get the wood from public land several miles away, much of it being on very steep terrain. He said he now has more time to work in the fields to provide for his family. This family also has a son who is in need of treatment for a brain disorder that will run about 5000 Q (around $666 US)

Bless the good men who held on to a bar in the back of the truck. Because of my age they let me ride in the cab with the driver. We started calling that Day the Polichic Death march. It was a brutal day, but all felt so good about the work that had been done. We also left one adittional stove to be installed at a later time.

The next stove was installed in Senahu to a family with great need. By this time they had gotten the installation time down to around 20 minutes. Was was also installed in Nu Palin to the member of the Branch there. One more was installed at the village above Senahu in the homes built by the government after the mudslides. They said it took only 15 minutes to install the last stove.

Dave Ott left all of his power tooks with President Lico and I know they will be put to good use. Working through him on projects turned out to be the best way. We had people come directly to the Hotel and ask for things and we could refer them back to President Lico. Sure saved alot of hurt feelings and confusion.

Rob Rheinhart has told me that Maya Relief has now installed about 5000 stoves in Guatemala. He has also talked about a program whereby we can get a two for one match. I will follow up with Rob and quickly as possible on that.

Ted Dodge

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Guatemala Trip

We owe a debt a gratitude to Gordon and Pam Hamm for the groundwork they have done in Seanahu-Seamy. The people Love them and appreciate so much all they have done for them and continue to do. It was really an amazing trip. I will outline some of the projects and some recommendations for the future. With all the projects we worked through the District President, President Lico. Gordon had made that recommendation and it worked very well. I have met few church leaders who have the passion for the work and the Love for his people that he demonstrated to our group. He was always the one in front, lifting the heavy objects giving of himself. I know his personal situation is tight because of the economy. He took the 10 ride in the bus to meet us at the airport, and the 10 hr ride back to Guatemala with us. These trips were round trip for us. On one day we went to Semuc Champay and he went with us. The driver took the wrong turn and it ended up taking us 6 Hours to get there, fortunately it only took 3 to get us back. We took many of our meals in his home, because his restaraunt in the square did not have water. The meals were very good and the price of 15Q (around $2 US) were very reasonable, about half of what the meal would be in the other restaraunt. He received instruction for the stove installation from the representaive of the Maya Relief and went with us into the mountains to install the stoves. Some of the areas of his district are 4 Hours from Senahu on dirt roads and on one Sunday he made the trip into the mountains to see to the needs of members in his district. Having said that about him, it would be my recommendation that anyone we consider in that area for employment be President Lico. He has a very good handle on the needs in his district and has the respect of his members.

Ted Dodge

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Ambulance on the Amazon

We donated this ambulance to Tena, Ecuador last year. This shows them using it in the headwaters of the Amazon. Who would have thought the CAF would be sending an ambulance that would ferry across the Amazon river to serve the indigenous people in Ecuador. Great work done by Dr. Zambrano. Thank you all for the funds we received last year to fund this wonderful effort.

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Amazing Experiences in the Anasazi Valley

I great blog article was posted in December about a family doing some charity work.  Below is a short quote.  To read the full article, please click on the link at the bottom.

Gordon

AMAZING EXPERIENCES IN THE ANASAZI VALLEY

“When I heard the talk “Opportunities to do Good” by President Henry B. Eyring in the April 2011 General Conference I excited about the blessings he promised, particuarly to families who served together. Following the example of a great family in the ward we (as a family) have been doing regular service with the Provo Food and Care Coaltion, but I wondered if there was more we could do. Another family in the ward had had a great experience serving in Mexico with Charity Anywhere, and we arranged to go to Tijuana for Christmas (that’s why we were making blocks)……..

Read more about this service project HERE at http://lanihilton.blogspot.com/2011/12/amazing-experiences-in-anasazi-valley.html

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More info on kitchen gardens

Our volunteer family are in Senahu at this moment.  Gordon Hamm just called me and said the following, ” I wish you were here with me right now in Nuevo Palin.  It would bring tears to your eyes. You should see the beautiful kitchen garden I am standing by right now.  It is wonderful.  I have seen many of the other gardens and they look just as good.  The lady beside me says they are eating out of the garden every day.  This is the greatest success story Charity Anywhere Foundation has ever had.” Yes, the gardens do wonders.  They are eating 30% of the crop and selling 70% We are getting ready to move ahead on the next village. Any volunteers????????

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Trip to Pavones, Costa Rica

Trip to Pavones, Costa Rica The volunteers of www.helpbuildschoolsaroundtheworld.org have bought tickets and are gearing up to leave November 15th 2011 to the small town Pavones, Costa Rica. The purpose of this trip will be to procure the land for the future high school. Meet the teacher Gerardo Mendoza who is presently teaching the homeschool high school classes. And meet the students that are involved in the homeschool program as well as any other high school age kids that need help getting involved.

Here are some things the Homeschool program needs:

1. Computer Printer. 2. Homeschool Books for 6 more students. 3. Donations to help pay for the teacher. (Right now he comes once a week, it would be beneficial for the student to have him come at least twice a week.). 4. Money to pay for an Architect to Plan and Design the future high school. 5. Money to pay for the Building supplies.

All Donations can be made through the www.charityanywhere.org Foundation.

Make sure you specify when making a donation that it is for the High School in Pavones, Costa Rica.

Thanks for all your help and support

Help Build Schools Around The World 68 East 300 North North Salt Lake, Utah, 84054

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Trip to Pavones, Costa Rica

Trip to Pavones, Costa Rica The volunteers of www.helpbuildschoolsaroundtheworld.org have bought tickets and are gearing up to leave November 15th 2011 to the small town Pavones, Costa Rica. The purpose of this trip will be to procure the land for the future high school. Meet the teacher Gerardo Mendoza who is presently teaching the homeschool high school classes. And meet the students that are involved in the homeschool program as well as any other high school age kids that need help getting involved.

Here are some things the Homeschool program needs:

1. Computer Printer. 2. Homeschool Books for 6 more students. 3. Donations to help pay for the teacher. (Right now he comes once a week, it would be beneficial for the student to have him come at least twice a week.). 4. Money to pay for an Architect to Plan and Design the future high school. 5. Money to pay for the Building supplies.

All Donations can be made through the www.charityanywhere.org Foundation.

Make sure you specify when making a donation that it is for the High School in Pavones, Costa Rica.

Thanks for all your help and support

Help Build Schools Around The World 68 East 300 North North Salt Lake, Utah, 84054

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Benefit concert to help accident victim

Wright, who was injured earlier this month in a traffic accident near campus, was a member of both the USU chapter of the Charity Anywhere Foundation and the Independent Music Club. The two organizations have combined to organize the concert, hoping to raise money to help pay Wright’s medical expenses.

Read the full article below.

http://www.usustatesman.com/benefit-concert-to-help-accident-victim-1.2640262

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