A group of around 30 people drove down to Tijuana Mexico over the Christmas break to do some construction projects for some needy families. Clint Carter took his flip video along and took some short video clips of some of the activities. We would like to thank all of those families, and students for giving of their time and money to help on this project. We hope that all that were involved found the experience fun and rewarding.
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.
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.
For the last 20 years Charity Anywhere Foundation has helped volunteers go into poor areas and help on medical/dental expeditions or have worked with volunteers build and repair homes in poor neighborhoods in Central and South America and Mexico. There goal was to provide better homes and better medical advantages for those who were struggling in poverty. There have many stories to be told. But this one helped the volunteers to understand that their service was more than providing a better place to live.
Many years ago a religious group came to a poor village in Mexico. They worked together to build homes for some of those who desperately needed adequate places to live. A little girl named Juana lived in that village. Her family was very poor and lived in very challenging circumstances. She knew she was poor and would never be able to raise her head above poverty. Her eyes were cast down because she thought she had no worth. But that year these wonderful people from America came again and chose her family to assist. They spent many days hammering and pounding and painting. To her amazement, they build a nice house for her family where they could live and be safe. The Americans were smiling and playing with her. She was so happy. She began to think that if these wonderful people would build a house for her family that she must be important afterall. She thought that maybe she was an important person.
The years went by and little Juana changed her attitude and her thinking. She worked very hard so that she could go to school. In school she studied every day so that she would do well and could get a job to help her family and others. She realized that she was smart and could learn hard things. As she finished high school she determined that she wanted to be a dentist. She knew she could do it. She continued to study and work hard and soon she graduated dental school.
Dr. Juana Ramirez now works in her own office in the outskirts of Tijuana. She said that she knows how important it is to have Americans come to help. She now donates some of her time to work with the students and families who come to her area with Charity Anywhere Foundation. She wants others to have the same experience that she had. She wants other children to know that they have value and can do great things. Thanks to Dr. Ramirez, many families are able to have free dental care through CAF and their volunteers. She said that she hopes that there will be a brighter future to all those that experience the generosity of these young Americans. She envisions the changes one child at a time.
by Missy Homer =================
For less than the cost of a family holiday dinner ($100), you can:
Feed one child in Guatemala for a YEAR and Provide support for a dental/medical clinic in Ecuador
Please support the humanitarian efforts of the Charity Anywhere Foundation this holiday season!
THE CHARITY ANYWHERE FOUNDATION
Gordon Carter BE GOOD…..DO GOOD
We have a wonderful project going with Clearfield High School. They are celebrating the schools 50th anniversary. They are going to Guatemala at Christmas with 44 volunteers and 15 adults. They plan to help build 3 day care centers so women could earn money while the day care center takes care of their children. They are going as Charity Anywhere volunteers. We are busy getting thing ready to go for them.
We are working with a low income housing complex in Salt Lake. We delivered last week one rolling walker, 3 computer monitors, keyboard, mouse, and 5 boxes of hygiene kit supplies with 200 plastic sacks. They are going to assemble the hygiene kits for our Mexico work. We will be speaking to the group next Tuesday night. Today I will deliver more hygiene kit supplies and a used computer. We could use 9 more computers.