June 24, 2022
Recently I was in Guatemala to visit the school we are supporting in the community of El Triunfo in Guatemala. Unfortunately, the community continues in the red level of the Guatemalan COVID-19 traffic light system which limits in-person school activities. As a result I missed meeting any students as well as the teachers. But it was still a good opportunity to receive updates on the school as well as the paperwork for the first months of the school year.
El Triunfo, June 3, 2022
I’d like to extend thanks on behalf of Gregorio, the school director, as he is greatly enjoying working on his new laptop which was purchased with your donations. We also decided to defer the painting of the school and other minor repairs until later in the year or the next calendar year.
If you would like to make a donation to the school to help pay the monthly salaries of the teachers or to, here’s the link to donate online: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/casa-pueblito/
(If you are donating online, please indicate the amount, then under “Apply your donation to a specific fund set up by this charity” select the second option which is “El Triunfo School.” You may also wish to indicate that your donation is for Ken’s School in the note.)
For those who prefer to send in a cheque payable to Casa-Pueblito, please note that they have a new address.
2356 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON
ATTN: El Triunfo School Project
Thanks for your continued support.
PS – We also continue to provide families in El Triunfo and surrounding communities with food baskets. At the start of this month, baskets were delivered to 45 women in different villages. Baskets contained staples such as rice, pasta, oatmeal, coffee, cooking oil, and soap. As in Canada, food prices continue to rise in Guatemala. Thanks for your donations in recent weeks, which has made this possible. Donations for the baskets should be made to me directly.
Food basket distribution, June 7, 2022
In addition, I recently held a pop-up sale at a friend’s house of the beautiful handwoven items from Asociacion Maya as well as fairly traded Guatemalan coffee. Many neighbours and friends came over and it was very successful. If you would be interested in hosting me on your front lawn or even your back yard on Saturday or Sunday during the summer or fall, please send me a note.