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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.
The group left this morning and went to Lake Atitlan. They spent some time at an orphanage this morning then went to the lake. It will be really beautiful there. They are staying there tonight then heading to Guatemala City tomorrow. We will meet up with them there.
The day care building is built very well and Dan Nielsen painted this beautiful mural on the outside wall. Great party with the village children last night. Some playground equipment was delivered a couple of days ago and the children have gone nuts.
We have had some incredible experiences. The scenery is spectacular. It was quite warm in Senahu but here we are quite cold. In fact I have worn my jacket all day. Please continue your prayers for us. The rain has not been as bad as it could be and has held off while we have been working. We stayed at this beautiful coffee plantation house one night at the top of the mountains. The rain came and thunder and lightning came in right after we got there. It was spectacular!!!! Very nice accommodations there!
We gave out incaperina to the people in the village near by. There were twin one month olds that we so worrisome. I know there was one child that I might of saved because I was there. I was helping with the incaperina delivery and this little 5 month girl came. But she had not gained weight in 2 months and Yvonne was telling her mother that she couldn´t be on the program any more because she was probably not getting the food. I reached over and touched the child´s arm she was burning with fever. I told Yvonne that this child was sick. The mother said she had been sick but she couldn´t get the medicine. We had her stay back to see the healthcare worker. Money was made available so she could get the medicine and of course she is still able to get the incaperina. There were some tender moments.
We went to Sumac Shampay which was a mountain pools made from a river stream. The river was dirty of course but these pools were blue and beautiful. I could imagine in my mind that the Waters of Mormon looked like this area. Amazing. We may try to fly to Tekal this week. We are planning to meet with church leaders on Wed. Just by coincidence the area humanitarian leader over all Central America was in Senahu while we were there. We want to talk to him about Humanitarian opportunities in the vilages there. The lady, Yvonne; really scared us to death with all the tales she told us, but we have felt quite safe everywhere. We were stopped by the police on one road but as soon as we showed our passport entry mark they waved us on. Lots of drug traffic in the area around Coban. Love to all of you. I have a TON of things in my heart that I cannot write at this time. It is extremely tender.
Again..continue your prayers for us. Susan
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.
We are at Senahu today to do the incaperina distribution. We had a safe trip here and made it up the mountain yesterday. We had a portion of the trip that was like Indiana Jones but most of the most dangerous area has now been paved and so we were able to travel swiftly and safely. There are mud slides everywhere! We had to take a shortcut because the main road was blocked yesterday. The country is so beautiful. We had a huge rainstorm this morning but it cleared and these beautiful tropical bird started their songs, amazing.
Yesterday we went to a huge celebration in the community of Nueva Pañin. They had just completed a water project from a little spring in the mountains down to the 42 huts in the village. There was music and dancing and simple fireworks and palm branches and balloons. In accompaniment with this water project we gave out the hygiene kits for the LDS humanitarian. This was a huge deal to have clean water delivered to their homes. No more carrying water for miles every day. It is this kind of project that i wish the church could have been involved with. There is another group coming up next week that are going to help build kitchen gardens in this village so they can grow food. We are partnering with this great QUE che group that is very forward thinking. There are so many needs here and i love that we can be part of the solution.
It is market day today in the square so everyone is here to buy for the week. It is amazing. We rented two 4 wheeled drive vehicles in Guatemala City that had darkened windows so they couldn’t tell how many were in the car or that we were Americans. The 4 wheel drive came in handy in several spots because it is so muddy and rugged. Yvonne said sometime we need to come in the dry season to see how lovely it can be but this is part of the adventure. We were so muddy last night. No water or electricity in our little hotel. Thankfully we had water this morning…cold shower!
We will be here again tonight and then tomorrow we go to another village that has an Incaperina distribution. Yvonne said that many of the mothers die in child birth here because of the malnutrition and the lack of medical attention. She is proposing we help with a critical care maternity shelter where at risk mothers can stay close by medical personnel in Senahu. Thank you so much for all each of you have given to help these mothers and babies. I can see how great the need is here and what a difference it makes. We are saving lives!!! We still need to expand the program and have several ideas to help raise funds. We hope you will be willing to help.
Tomorrow night Yvonne said we are staying at the most beautiful place on earth. We are excited to do that. I love you all!!!!! Pray for us as we do the same for you.
Dear Friends of Charity Anywhere,
Two weeks ago Charity Anywhere with the Heart Walk Foundation in St George sponsored a trip to Peru. The unique thing about this event was we had physicians and dentists help from Ecuador. We really need a portable dental chair and other equipment as you can see. These Drs. treated about 800 patients treating oral infections and intestinal parasites along with many other conditions. There is another trip planned to go to Peru in September and you are welcome to come. We have plenty of things you can do even if you are not a dentist or physician So plan to come. We will be making another side trip to Machu Picchu which is unbelievable. There are also many other events and projects you can participate in through Charity Anywhere.
Peru is only one of our projects. The Guatemala infant program is phenomenal as is Ecuador. We are going to make a contribution to the Petit Family Foundation as well. Dr Petit is a great human being. He is going through another rough time with the trial.
If you have committed to sponsor or bring a foursome please send your money and the names of the ones attending on the 13th of June. It is still being held at the Stonebridge Golf Course in West valley. Also Jimmer Fredette is going to be there barring any pro camps he needs to go to. I have been in contact with his dad Al. We had more people that said they could attend easier on a Monday than a Wednesday. If you have any ideas of what you want at the event let me know asap Golf is be a fun way to contribute. If you do not play golf you can send someone that does or just help with your contribution. Some of you have already sent in your generous donation and for that we thank you sooo much ! 🙂
We are only a month away!!! We need to have at least 18 foursomes so tell your friends.
I have brochures if you want them.
Send your check made out to Charity Anywhere and names of golfers to:
Charity Anywhere % Thane Hales 945 East 5000 South Ogden Utah 84403
Thanks so Much Thane www.golf4good.com