Mama and Tots

Saving Lives  Thru Eagle Scout Projects and Personal Progress Projects

We in the United States take for granted the social safety net that undergirds our society and protects the poor and needy.  The WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program will give formula to any newborn whose parents are in economic…

Helping in the Land of Endless Need

When talking to others we often refer to Guatemala as the Land of Endless Need.  And compared to the States it certainly feels like that.  Many poor folks in the Guatemalan Highlands live in conditions reminiscent of the mid 19th…

Christmas is Coming

The orphanage trip to the zoo is scheduled in the beginning of December. The kids will be out of school and the weather will be dry. Both the kids and the staff are looking forward to this; neither have ever…

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…

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