Our Giving Tuesday Focus:
A Time of Giving & Gratitude
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Goal: $25,000 ($33,500 CAD)
"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond.
I consider those people my heroes."
Dear FundaMaya Friends,
The future of Guatemala is our children.
As a result, FundaMaya has focused on our preschools and nutrition centers for the past 12 years. We are once again making them our focus as we move into our Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020) fundraising drive: A Time of Giving & Gratitude.
The children, especially the indigenous children in Guatemala who FundaMaya serves, have a taller mountain to climb to reach the pinnacle of education in comparison to North American children. Education opens up choices and opportunities. It starts with the FundaMaya Preschool and Nutrition Centers for many in our communities.
Good nutrition is a must to allow our body and brain to have the nutrients necessary to stay physically healthy and to learn. Malnourished children are known to be ill more frequently and as a result have an increased risk of death.
Did you know, "In Guatemala, five out of 10 children under five years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition (49.8%), affecting eight out of 10 indigenous children (80%)." (Source: Human Development Report 2015-2016)?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, food in Guatemala for most families has been even more limited. The nutrition we provide, whether in the schools themselves or food packets sent home to the student's family, is essential.
Our hope is to help our preschool students with access to nutritious foods as it has been found that many Guatemalan children, "have delayed cognitive development and consequently are likely to complete fewer years of schooling, which subsequently results in lower economic productivity." (Source: Black et al. 2013; Grantham-McGregor et al. 2007)."
We can help these specific preschool students, so that Guatemala can continue to break the cycle of poverty. The children in our preschools come from very poor families, often struggling single mother families, sometimes grandparents doing their best to raise their grandchildren. (Take time to read Sandra's story in our next Giving Tuesday e-mail in a few days.)
We know it is best to not only help the child. Our Nutrition and Preschool Centers also help the caregivers receive support through parenting and nutrition classes. In addition, they have access to our full-time social workers and part-time psychologist, who work to support them with any issues.
YOU can help us make a difference and reach our goal of $25,000 ($33,500 CAD) to benefit our 3 FundaMaya Preschool & Nutrition Centers this year!
Giving Tuesday is on December 1, 2020, though you may contribute now by clicking on one of the donation buttons (above or below). You may contribute a one time general donation or monthly repeating donation - or you may sponsor a preschool student (paying monthly or the whole amount at once).
If you would like to sponsor a child for the entire year, you will receive some general information about the child and family, along with pictures. More than that, you will be making the difference in a child's future and provide an opening to all sorts of opportunities.
We must rebuild our monetary funds while also working on having more preschoolers sponsored going forward.
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Can YOU help us reach our $25,000 Goal? Can YOU help us reach our $25,000 ( CAD)Goal?
For a little over a dollar a day you $47 CAD per month.
can change a child's life. $563 CAD annually.
$35 US per month.
$420 US annually.
"I just felt so proud to have been part of that little seed money that will hopefully grow into something great and help to heal this world."
Dolly Parton (on the Today Show when she learned her donation had contributed to the promising Moderna vaccine study) & Founder of Imagination Library
Meeting the Need
Take a few minutes to watch the second of three videos we have put together to see how our teachers have adapted their teaching and brought school to the students' homes. Hear in a young mother's own words why this campaign is critical.
"At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
Volunteer's Perspective on
Impact of Preschools & Nutrition Centers
We first met Ana Estela in July 2011 at the El Barranco Preschool. We very distinctly remember her. She was about 3 years old and was inconsolable. She cried and cried and her little cheeks were red and chapped as tears rolled down them. Many members of our group tried to console her - but to no avail. At the time she was one of the youngest of 12 children and her father was a farmer.
Over the years we had several chances to serve her when we would return with different service groups. We gave her one of the homemade fleece blankets we make, a goody bag with toys and more needed items, and bags of food. We did crafts with her, played games with her and the other preschoolers.
As you can see, her whole demeanor changed thru the years. I am sure it is due to the care she received at the FundaMaya Preschool and Nutrition Center. She received a nutritious breakfast and snack, along with spending a day with her peers and a trained teacher. She learned Spanish (vs. just her spoken language of Kakchiquel), along with the basic educational concepts (A,B,C's; numbers; weather; colors; reading; puzzles; etc.) and much needed socialization skills! She played and smiled, interacting with her fellow precocious peers.
Ana Estela is one of the many children I think of often as the years have gone on - and she is a great example of the multitudes of preschoolers whom FundaMaya and our service teams have served over the years!
"The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Gratitude & Giving
We are very grateful for our teachers and cooks for all they have given to our almost 1,000 preschoolers since 2008 when we opened our first Preschool and Nutrition Center!
They care for the FundaMaya preschoolers with love, while providing structure and learning opportunities during the two years the children are with them.
They hope to foster a love of learning and a head start in the Guatemalan educational system.
If you have ever been here to visit one of our preschools, we are sure you have seen them in action, quietly directing and teaching some very active 3 to 5 year old children!
Without further ado, we are grateful for:
Seño Luqui: Director of our Preschools
Seño America: Panajachel Preschool Teacher
Seño Clara: San Jorge Preschool Teacher
Seño Griselda: San Antonio Preschool Teacher
Antonieta: San Antonio Palopo Preschool Cook
Elma: San Jorge Preschool Cook
Education Department (responsible for all students in FundaMaya Sponsorship Program:
Sandra Chiroy: Director of Education Programs
Erika: Preschool & Nutrition Center; Sponsorship Program
Sayda: Sponsorship Updates/Records
Josefina: Sponsorship Registration & Updates/Records
Many of the women also continue their university studies on the weekend and evenings.