Give a gift of CLEAN WATER & STOVES this season
What to give a SPECIAL GIFT to someone who has everything this season? You can give the GIFT of a WATER-FILTER ($35.00) or a STOVE ($125.00) or BOTH ($160.00) to a Maya family this year in the name a friend or love one. A holiday card will be sent out to your friend or love one with information about their special GIFT and a note that says:
“A gift of a water-filter (or stove or both) has been donated on your behalf to a Maya Family in Guatemala. Your GIFT will change the life of their family for years to come.”
What a wonderful GIFT to give this season! A GIFT of HOPE and LOVE that will FOREVER change not just the Maya Family from Guatemala but YOURS and the person you are giving it to!
HOPE is the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one’s life or in the world at large. May we all have HOPE this season in our giving this year.
“Everything that is DONE in the world is done by HOPE.” -Martin Luther
*There will be a confirmation email sent to you after your donation and if you could respond to that email (email@example.com) and give us your details of your donation. WHO you would you are giving the gift to and WHERE you would like us to send the card to and HOW you would like us to sign the card; we will promptly send out your generous gift. Enjoy this season of GIVING!
5K run for the Maya September 14, 2013
Our 5K Run for Water event will benefit many Maya families by providing them with much needed water purifiers. Maya Relief Foundation’s Women2Women group works to help the 1.7 million indigenous Maya families in Guatemala to have clean water. Your entry fee of $35 will give a family this life changing product, giving them at least 10 gallons of pure, fresh water each day. Without this Ecofilter, their water must be boiled, using costly wood, creating smoke and toxic gases in their homes, and contributing to deforestation. Women and children suffer the most from these consequences and become the greatest benefactors of the eco-friendly Ecofilter. 100% of your donation will go directly to benefit these families and put them on the road to self-reliance and better health.
1. $35 per person or $70 per family
*as a reminder, any amount you donate today will go directly toward buying water filters and stoves for the Maya families – a Water-filter costs $35 and a stove costs $125
2. 5K race/walk (all ages welcome)
*medals for top 3 men/women and for top 3 male/female youth (under 16)
1 Mile Fun Run (ages 8- 14)
*medals for top 3 boys and girls
Diaper Dash (ages 0-8)
*medals for top 3 boys and girls
(sign-in and pick up your bib)
8:30- 5K begins
9:15- 1 Mile Fun Run begins
9:40- Diaper Dash
9:45- Medal ceremony for all races
Working together on the Garden
These women have the vision of community cooperation. Working shoulder to shoulder they are planting the seeds for a large group garden. They rented a parcel of land and are planting the different seeds for their first community harvest. With this first crop of vegetables, such as lettuce, tomatoes, radishes, eggplant, carrots, etc., they will have their first supply of homegrown vegetables. Instead of paying 3 Quetzales for a stubby little carrot of 3 inches or less in a neighboring market, they will have 6-8 inch, juicy carrots for all the families to share in the village. The one man in the picture is one of our Socorro Maya “tecnicos,” who has come to show them how to plant a variety of seeds to provide a more well balanced diet, especially for their children, and still have sufficient surplus to trade with other villages. This helps create a self sufficient village.
Gunderson Family Volunteer Service in Guatemala
Riding in the back of a truck to meet with community leaders of Tanchi are Rob Reinhart, Carlos Barrios, Mary Gunderson and Jon Gunderson. The meeting will revolve around the families of Tanchi entering into a program of efficient stoves, water filters, room dividers, cash crop gardens and social workers. The community is gathered to discuss the benefits of these items and why the families will pay something. Experience shows that free handouts don’t work. Maya Relief Foundation provides them interest free loans to pay back their subsidized amount. The families can cover the “purchase” amount in 4-5 months through savings from 75% less purchased wood and 95% less purchased water.
Elderly Maya Ladies still have to work
Although colorful to watch, our hearts go out to the elderly Maya women who still must earn a living. Here we have a widow in Chichicastenango receiving a few “monedas” for the sale of some vegetables grown on her own property in the hills. Notice the old fashion scales she uses to weigh her produce.
Refugees finally receive new homes
Bunkbeds transferred to new homes
Maya women praying
The poor women of Guatemala not only carry a heavy burden of hard labor, including cooking over an open fire and raising children in a dangerous environment, but they are the real spiritual examples of the community. Despite their plight, they pray for others who are in some type of need. They offer gratitude for any type of help. Diego Chavez has been our volunteer in organizing sustainable projects amongst these Maya refugees of Santiago Atitlan (Lake Atitlan).
Guatemalan Boys Must Carry Heavy Loads
The young boy is probably ten years old despite how small he appears. To help with the family’s main source of food, he carries huge loads of corn from the field which his father has just harvested. His physical body usually can’t hold up with strain of this hard labor and his chances of full development are slim. It is literally child labor. Through our health programs, the local social workers must teach the parents the damage they are imposing upon their children.
Guatemalan Men Carry Heavy Loads.
You simply cannot go anywhere in Guatemala without seeing men hunched over carrying something on their backs which, more than not, weighs more than they do. They are experts at managing their loads. Rarely do they fall or drop their loads, and they generally move fast. The most common load is wood for their indoor cooking fires. Because of the high need for firewood, the men spend most of their time bringing wood home, so they can’t get gainful employment. (Solution: ONIL Stove)