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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…

Upgrading the School Next Door

We in the United States take so many things for granted that are luxuries in a third world country like Guatemala.  It was just in the past few years that education became “free” for the primary grades across the Land…

Nothing Short of an Outrage

As the investigation over the past couple of weeks into the fire at the government orphanage intensified, the news became increasingly disturbing.  I already related in the last blog that rumors of abuse at the government orphanages are not new. …

A Fire and 40 Dead

The only news in Guatemala for the past two weeks has been the deaths of some 40 girls at a government orphanage in the city.  The country is in an uproar; students are marching in the streets; and the president…

Special Kids

As parents of a large family Vicki and I have noticed that all of our kids are different and they are certainly all special.  Some are ready to go and, with just a little bit of guidance, are off on…

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