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The End of the School Year

In a couple of weeks the Guatemalan school year will end. This recess lasts from mid October till earlier January when children (and their parents) will again be coming to us, hoping to get a scholarship for middle or high…

Our Wish List

With the things that we had learned in mind, we have trimmed our outreach programs to critical periods in a child’s life when the damage from neglect would be irreversible.  Such is the Moms & Tots milk giveaway.  If infants…

We Need Shoes!

The kids at the orphanage keep growing and so do their feet.  Vicki and I are going down in about 6 or 7 weeks and want to take new shoes for our kids.  We need shoes in very good or…

Well . . . ?

It’s a deep subject indeed.  We have a hole approximately three feet wide and a 100 feet deep dug by hand.  The last ten feet were chiseled through solid rock and we were promised that water was just underneath but…

The Guatemalan Markets

One of our favorite parts of Guatemala is the markets.  Everything is for sale:  local vegetables, fresh meat, spices, crafts, clothes, housewares, you name it.  Since most folks do not own refrigerators, every town has one or two market days…

Thank You

Irvin, our director, is busy now; it is the height of our season of volunteer teams.  We sometimes have two teams at once: one staying at the orphanage and one at our house at Lomas—the gated community.  We try to…

Emerson

We got a call from CNA (the government body in charge of orphanages) about a child that actually fit our profile.  He was an eight year old boy from the city with a nebulous background.  We said yes, we’d take…

New Volunteer Quarters

We are finishing up the new volunteer quarters.  It should be ready in the next few weeks.  We are in the process of finishing the septic system and getting the metal exterior door and all the windows in. There will…

Boundary Issues

Most of the children that come to us have baggage.  And I don’t mean clothes and other such “stuff.”  In Guatemala, only the most severe cases of abuse warrant sending a child to an orphanage, and that is usually looked…

Learning How to Work

One of the most important duties of a parent in this day and age is to teach your children how to work.  A generation or two ago learning how to work was taken for granted because there were so many…

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