Last month we honored the life of a man who reminded us that “Life’s most persistent and urgent questions is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”-Martin Luther King Jr.
We recently worked with our regular project recipients in the village in the Peten region of Guatemala where we work to outline the projects which would make the most impact for the entire community. Top of the list: potable water in Guatemala, and we want to answer Dr. King's call to action. We hope you are inspired to rise to the challenge with us!
Guatemalan Clean Water Project
Help us bring potable water to our dear friends in Guatemala!
The current water supply as not been able to reach the growing village population.
Around half of the community members (approx. 400 homes / 2,000 people) are without an adequate supply of fresh potable water.
Water is life: They need water not only for drinking, but for sanitation and hygiene.
Insufficient access to clean water means kids need to help walking for water, taking time out of school or time that parents could be using to earn money.
Collectively raise $60,000 to cover the costs associated with brining clean water to the under-served in this community.
These funds will go towards installation of a new motor with submersible pump and adequately sized pipes to transport water from the lake to the homes (the water is treated before delivered to the village)
Invaluable health and economic benefits for children and families
If you would like to contribute towards bringing access to clean water to those in need, you can safely and easily donate here: CLICK HERE (Please indicate Guatemalan Clean Water Project)
"For me personally it was very enlightening and I had an amazing time. I believe it's a very good way of knowing the culture and the people of a different country. I found amazing people who struggle every day with such different situations and problems from my own, that it helped me face my own reality with a different perspective. And of course, I feel good for having tried to improve others lives even for just a few days, with my presence, work and my monetary contribution.
I had more than enough free time, the food was great (many thanks to seÑora Alicia!). During my free time I went to beautiful places, all well arranged by the volunteer coordinator.
I believe it was an advantage for me to be able to speak spanish. It enabled me to have a closer link to the children and all the people I met. I had a specific task - handwork, where I worked with local people helping build a new study room, but it was also good to help the children with their homework - math and english. It felt more integrated than I was expecting, they treated me as I belonged there, and it felt really good.
I liked the whole experience, being there on their day-to-day situations, receiving their knowledge and sharing mine. I think one week is enough to get involved, but I left feeling and wishing to have done more. - Marta Carvalheiro, September 2012
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This is a great opportunity for corporate groups who may want their efforts filmed by a professional, video-documentary experts who have previous experience on volunteer vacation trips and destinations. The resulting, high-quality production can then be a great tool for staff used recruiting and retention.
Try this Mayan favorite- Guatemalan Jocón de Pollo
2 lbs. chicken
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
½ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 cups chicken broth
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic
14 ounces can tomatillos, drained
*salt and pepper to taste
Heat the vegetable oil in a 4 qt. Dutch oven.
Add the chicken pieces, and brown for 10 minutes over medium high heat.
Remove the chicken from the pot, and add the onions, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
Brown the seeds for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
Remove the pot from the heat, and cool slightly.
Place the seeds and onions in the container of a blender, along with the chicken broth, cilantro, garlic and tomatillos.
Blend until smooth, then return the sauce to the Dutch oven.
Add the chicken pieces, and raise the heat to bring to a simmer for 30 minutes uncovered, so that the sauce reduces.
Serve with white rice and black beans.
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