Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Supporter Appreciation: Families for Guatemala Make Connections
Written by Audrey Ward, Volunteer Program Coordinator
We had a wonderful week hosting a group of volunteers from Families for Guatemala led by Jennifer and David Withrow at Mayan Families! This group of incredibly caring and kindhearted people came prepared to work hard to make a big impact in the lives of indigenous families we work with in Guatemala.
The group started off the week working hard installing as many as twenty stoves for families in the communities of San Jorge, Casa de Rio, and San Andres! These ONIL clean-cook stoves channel smoke out of the home, helping families avoid serious health problems, like lung infections and bronchitis, caused by smoke from cooking over open fires. In addition, the stoves also require significantly less wood to fuel the oven, saving families critical time and resources. In spite of the difficult physical labor involved, Families for Guatemala was able to install all of these stoves with energy and smiles all around.
Families for Guatemala also spent a day with preschoolers at our Preschool Nutrition Center in San Antonio, coordinating a class activity and handing out shoe donations. The preschool was filled with laughter and bright colors as the volunteers helped students with a fun coloring activity! Not only were the children and families grateful for the shoes Families for Guatemala donated, they loved having the volunteers play with them in the preschool. The group also visited our Elderly Care Center in San Jorge to help distribute the daily nutritious meal to ancianos (elderly) who have little resources or the ability to provide for themselves.
Finally, the group also found time to hand out chickens to families in need! Everyone in the group stepped up to the plate and personally helped hand out live, kicking chickens. Donating chickens provides a great way for families to have an ongoing, sustainable source of food.
From the beginning to the end, we absolutely loved hosting this group. They were constantly seeking to help where they could, and their eager attitude and dedication was contagious. Thank you, Families for Guatemala, we look forward to seeing you again in the future!