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Guatemala Photos

Here are a couple of photos from our trip to Guatemala.

Incaperina distribution to malnourished children. They were give a 6 bags of Incaperina and 2 bags of sugar. That was to last the child for 2 months.

Volunteer group from SLC completed kitchen gardens for 22 families in the Alta Veripaz area at Neuvo Palin.

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.

Malnourished child from mountain village.

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Goodbye Guatemala

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.

Susan Carter

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Safe in Guatemala

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

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Guatemala

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.

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Amazing Days

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.

Susan

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Senahu

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.

Susan Carter

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Teen helps poor in Guatemala

CLEARFIELD: Aimee Matheson went on a Charity Anywhere Foundation service project to Guatemala where they built a house for a needy family.  An article was written up in the Deseret News.  Below is an excerpt and a link to the full article.

“You just feel like crying when you see how poor the people are,” says Aimee, who wanted to tell her story in Free Lunch in the hope of inspiring others to contribute to her project. “It’s sad to see children living in such horrible conditions, and it’s even sadder to realize you can’t help them all. But you can make a huge difference in a few families’ lives.”

Click here for the Full Article.

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In the Utah Statesman

A very nice article was written about Charity Anywhere Fondation in “The Utah Statesman” today.

Here are a few quotes from the news paper article.

“”Our goal is to make a difference in other countries and change attitudes and hearts here in the U.S.,” said Susan Carter, co-founder of the Charity Anywhere Foundation (CAF).”

“This year we are planning projects and expeditions to Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Haiti and with Native Americans in the outback of Alaska,” Carter said.”

“The CAF also has groups at the University of Utah, BYU, Utah Valley University, Weber College and in other states as well as Great Britain. Clearfield High School is sending a group of over 60 people sponsored by the organization to Tijuana to repair and build houses over Christmas break.”

To read the full article, please follow this link to The Utah Statesman.

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Shushufindi Ecuador Video

Charity Anywhere Foundation makes a trip to Shushufindi Ecuador on a Medical and Dental expedition . Many volunteers make the trip into the jungles of Ecuador to serve others. They were able to treat several hundred people while on this service project. Thanks to the wonderful people serving in the Ecuadorian chapter of Charity Anywhere the project was a huge success.

Contact us so that you can go with us on our next trip to Ecuador. You will find it challenging, exciting, heart warming and rewarding.

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Gordon and Susan Fishing

This was a great trip to the headwaters of the Amazon. It was true jungle here. I did not catch a fish but did gather a few mosquito bites. They still itch. Susan is the fisherperson of the family. We had a great time and every thing was well organized. We never felt we were in danger. The Ecuadorian CAF people were absolutely wonderful. Worked hard and accepted the US volunteers with open arms. A lot of great work was done.

Gordon and Susan Carter Fishing in Tilapia in La Victoria, Sushufindi Ecuador

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