Monday, March 17, 2014

This Awesome Eagle Scout and his Bunkbeds


 We love our teams and the work they do. Last week we had 18 people from Utah come. They brought an Eagle Scout who raised $1200.00 and used it to buy the wood for 12 bunk beds.  We need the beds for some of the orphanage rooms and for the new volunteer floor. The team of 18 helped this young man to put the beds together. Here are the pictures of the making of the beds. Our elementary kids helped sand the wood and generally were the grunt workers and loved every minute of it. They also got some technical woodworking training. Then the team put it all together and got it to the new third floor volunteer rooms.

OUR NEW THIRD FLOOR


AND OUR AWESOME TEAM. WAY TO GO LADIES AND GENTS.

YOU ALSO CAN HELP, NO MATTER YOUR AGE.


Go to www.casadesion.org and donate or do a money making or volunteer project and help change the world of a Mayan child .

Friday, February 28, 2014

GETTING READY FOR THE ABANDONED BABIES

We love teams here at Casa  De Sion. They help so much. This team from Atlanta, GA finished off our playground for us. Another team from St. George, Utah started the playground with the tire swing and the teeter tooters. Then the Ga. team came a year later and added a swing set, a monkey bar and a climbing thingy. We had to have this to meet government standards for the orphanage, but the community kids in our " orphans at home" program love it too.

The above pictures show this same team repainting all our rooms where the orphanage will be. We want it to look bright and pretty for both the government workers who check us out and then approve us, but mostly for the little ones who come to us afraid, abused and abandoned. We want them to not only feel safe about their physical surrounding, but also their little spirits to feel safe and loved. This teams brought down 11 suitcases of donations and gave 4-5 days of their time to help that happen. They brought a chiropractor who was busy the whole time. He shared clinic days with a medical doctor. I am sure these men and women who have carried 100 pound loads of wood  or vegetables to sale or have had a baby strapped on their back day and night could use a chiropractor. I used to think they just had stronger backs. But I found out they just had a higher tolerance for pain. Anyway we love our teams. They also sponsored 4 kids to be able to go on to middle school. Those same children had helped the team all week in the projects they did.
We have had our first inspection for the orphanage and passed. We have 3 more to go. I wish we were open. I heard the sad stories of 3 more tiny ones today. If we were open they could come to us for care and love. Two were at the hospital. One had come in with the placenta still attached and the other so malnourished it hurt to look at him. A friend of mine's orphanage took the 2 month old who had been abandoned at a woman's door. Soon we will need sponsors for these little ones. Or if you want, you could right now sponsor the first girl or first boy or first baby who comes to us.Because I have no doubts they will come.

So please partner with us
educate a kid
give an orphan a home
feed a malnourished "Orphan at home"

So many ways to make yourself happy and feel blessed.

Go to www.casadesion.org and push the donate button and give yourself a spiritual lift.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Come Volunteer With Us and Meet These People

 This little one is one of my favorite. Edison. He is deaf and Casa de Sion pays for him to go to a special school. His mom loves us because we love him.

Most of you know Irvin, our manager, who works hard to keep everything together.
Bring your medical team and see a large group of Mayans

How could you pass up meeting Isabella?

Some of the kids we give 5000 meals a month to

Alex is one student who was helped to get his business degree by Casa de Sion. Here he is with his dad who works for us.
Come do a volunteer vacation with us and meet these people and uplift your soul while helping them move forward in life.

Check us out at www.casadesion.org


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WITH LOVE ON VALENTINE'S WEEK

 WHEN I THINK ABOUT THESE PICTURES, I THINK ABOUT THE LOVE THAT WENT INTO THEM.

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF THEM.

THE PARENTS OF KIDS WHO NEED SCHOLARSHIP MONEY TO CONTINUE IN SCHOOL. THESE PARENTS HAVE NO EDUCATION [ MOST CAN NOT READ OR WRITE] OR RELIABLE MEANS OF MAKING MONEY. SO INSTEAD THEY COME TO US AND ASK FOR OUR HELP. THEY PUSH THEIR KIDS TO DO WELL IN SCHOOL. THEY WORK HARDER SO THE KIDS WILL NOT HAVE TO WORK AND CAN GO TO SCHOOL. THEY KNOW EDUCATION IS THE WAY OUT OF POVERY AND THEY WANT THAT FOR THEIR KIDS. THEY PAY US BACK BY WORKING IN OUR ORGANIC FARM, BY WASHING THE BEDDING BETWEEN TEAMS, BY ALLOWING THEIR KIDS TO WORK WITH THE TEAMS IN OUR SPONSORME PROGRAM. LOVE, THAT IS WHAT IS IS CALLED.

NEXT IS THE LOVE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS. ENOUGH LOVE TO SEND THEM FROM THEIR COMFY HOMES INTO A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. ENOUGH LOVE TO OVERCOME THE FEARS FOR THEIR SAFETY. ENOUGH LOVE TO HELP OTHERS GO FORWARD IN LIFE. CAN YOU SEE THE LOVE IN THE PICTURE BELOW. NOTHING THRILLS MOST WOMEN'S HEARTS MORE THAN EDUCATING A GIRL. AN EDUCATED GIRL WILL NOT PUT UP WITH VIOLENCE LIKE A GIRL WITH A FIRST GRADE EDUCATION. AN EDUCATED GIRL DEMANDS LOVE AS HER RIGHT.

 LOOK AT THE PICTURES BELOW OF THE KIDS GETTING THEIR SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEY KNOW LOVE TOO. WE HAVE 20 SPONSORS FOR 100 KIDS. THOSE SPONSORS BECAUSE OF THE LOVE IN THEIR HEARTS HAVE AGREED TO $30.00 A MONTH TO HELP A KID MOVE OUT OF POVERTY THROUGH EDUCATION. THOSE YOUNG TEENS KNOW THE LOVE OF THEIR SPONSOR AND THE SPONSOR KNOWS THE LOVE FEELING OF GIVING OF THEMSELVES.

I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE US STAFF OF SAFE HOMES FOR CHILDREN WHO WORK FOR FREE TRYING TO KEEP ALL THE PROGRAMS MOVING FORWARD. THEY KNOW LOVE TOO AND SHOW IT.


THE KIDS FROM MARIA DEL CARMEN
 THANKS FOR THE LOVE AND IF YOU WANT TO SHOW SOME MORE FOR THE 80 KIDS WHO STILL NEED SPONSORS,  JUST WRITE ME

VICKI
20.vicki@gmail.com

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

MOVING FOWARD WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION

 I KNOW MANY OF YOU HAVE NOTICED I HAVE NOT WRITTEN A BLOG IN A MONTH. SORRY. I HAVE BEEN IN GUATEMALA AND WAS ILL AND HAD SNOW AND ICE. MY SATELLITE DOES NOT WORK WELL WITH SNOW AND ICE. PLUS WE HAVE HAD TO KEEP UP DAILY EMAILS WITH THE TEAMS WORKING GUATEMALA. THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED MUCH. HERE IS A SMALL PART OF IT.
THANKS TO RAY MCGOVERN THE THIRD FLOOR IS ALMOST COMPLETED. IT WILL BE USED FOR VOLUNTEER TEAMS WHO STAY IN LOS ROBLES. IT WILL BE ABOVE THE TWO FLOORS FOR THE ORPHANAGE. THERE ARE 2 LARGE DORM LIKE ROOMS AND A SMALL BEDROOM. TWO BATHROOMS AND A SITTING ROOM.

 WE HAVE HAD TO UPGRADE OUR KITCHEN FACILITY.  THIS IS THE NEW SINK AND CABINET.  WE ALSO HAD TO EXPAND THE DINING AREA AND BUILD A NEW BODEGA FOR STORAGE BECAUSE ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THE OLD BUILDING MUST BE MOVED OUT TO MAKE ROOM FOR CHILDREN.
 THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE CLINIC WHICH WILL DOUBLE AS AN OFFICE.  IT WILL MAGICALLY CHANGE BACK INTO A FULL TIME CLINIC WHEN OUR MEDICAL TEAMS ARRIVE.










ONE OF THE PATIENT ROOMS IS ALSO A ONCE A WEEK THERAPY ROOM.  IT IS MANDATED THAT WE MUST HAVE A PSYCHOLOGIST ON STAFF THAT STUDIES ALL THE CHILDREN AND MAKES A LIFE PLAN--NO MATTER THE AGE.


WE NOW HAVE A LOW TECH SOLAR CLOTHES DRYER.  HALF THE YEAR IT DOESN'T RAIN AND THE OTHER HALF USUALLY HAS DRY MORNINGS.  THE COST OF ELECTRICITY IS VERY HIGH.

Monday, December 30, 2013

WE NEED YOU IN 2014; PLEASE MAKE A TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TODAY OR TOMORROW

 THESE PICTURES ARE OF A TEAM THAT CAME AT THANKSGIVING. THE PICTURES EPITOMIZE A LOT OF WHAT WE ARE ABOUT AND WHY WE NEED YOU.
HERE IS THE FIRST. THE TEAM IS WORKING  IN ONE OF OUR MAYAN COMMUNITIES PUTTING UP LAMINA ON HOMES THAT LEAK RAIN ON TOP OF THE DIRT FLOORS. OR THEIR BEDS.

SOME OF THE 300 KIDS WE GIVE  LUNCH AND A TUTOR 


THE CROWDS THAT TURN OUT WHENEVER THERE IS A PARTY OR A DISTRIBUTION OF FORMULA, INCAPARINA,  CLOTHES, OR SHOES. MOST OF THESE PEOPLE REALLY NEED WHAT THEY RECEIVE. WHEN YOUR EDUCATIONAL LEVEL IS 2ND GRADE IT IS HARD TO MAKE MORE THAN ABOUT $1.00 OR 2.00 A DAY
 CASA DE SION HAS ABOUT 10 EMPLOYEES IN GUATEMALA AND WHEN THE ORPHANAGE OPENS THAT WILL JUMP TO 20. PEOPLE WHO WOULD NOT HAVE A JOB WITHOUT US. HERE ARE TWO. JUANA ON THE LEFT. A 70 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO HAS WORKED FOR ME FOR 10 YEARS. NOT MANY OTHERS WOULD EMPLOYEE HER, BUT ALL WHO KNOW JUANA LOVE HER. IRVIN IS ON THE RIGHT. HE LOOKS 12 BUT IS REALLY 27. HE HAS A TEACHING CERT. AND IS IN LAW SCHOOL ON THE WEEK-ENDS.
 OUR MAMA AND TOT PROGRAM. 300 MAMAS AND ABOUT 600 TOTS AND INFANTS. THEY RECEIVE FORMULA AND INCAPARINA SUPPLEMENTATION . AS WELL AS EDUCATION IN NUTRITION, BREAST FEEDING, PARENTING AND CHRISTLIKE BEHAVIOR. THEY ARE PART OF OUR CLOTHING AND SHOE DISTRIBUTIONS

SOME KIDS AND VOLUNTEERS AT OUR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM




PROGRAMS THAT WERE NOT MENTIONED ARE THE MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN AND ADULTS THAT WE WORK WITH AND FINANCE MEDICAL TRAVEL, MEDICINES AND REHABS FOR

OR THE ORPHANAGE THAT WILL SOON HAVE CHILDREN IN IT FOR THOSE THAT CAN NOT STAY IN THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF HORRIFIC ABUSE AND ABANDONMENT OR NO FAMILY. BY THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER, THE ORPHANAGE WILL PROBABLY BE FULL OF LITTLE RUG RATS THAT WILL COST ABOUT $300.00 A MONTH TO SUPPORT. WE NEED SPONSORS FOR THEM NOW.

OR THE 100 KIDS WHO WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO CONTINUE IN SCHOOL WITHOUT THE HELP THEY GET FROM US. SCHOOL IS NOT FREE IN THIS COUNTRY. RIGHT NOW WE ONLY HAVE 15 KIDS SPONSORED.

WITH ALL THESE THINGS WE NEED YOUR HELP. HERE ARE SOME IDEAS.
A. SEND FORMULA OR CLOTHING OR ANYTHING USEFUL TO MY USA ADDRESS
B. GATHER A TEAM [ WE LOVE ALL KINDS] AND COME VISIT US. STAY IN OUR VOLUNTEER HOUSING AND ALL THE MONEY EXCEPT WHAT WE TAKE OUT FOR YOUR FOOD, GOES INTO OUR PROGRAMS.
C. GO TO www.casadesion.org/sponsorme and sponsor a school kid.
D. GO TO  www.casadesion.org and click the donate button and donate
E. SEND ME CASH IN THE MAIL AND I WILL PUT IT IN THE 501C3 ACCOUNT.
F. DONATE NOW AND USE IT AS A TAX DEDUCTION FOR YOUR BUSINESS OR PERSONAL TAXES.
G. PRAY ALWAYS FOR OUR FINANCIAL NEEDS TO BE MET AND OUR LIVES TO BE KEPT SAFE AND SPIRITUALLY FED.

MAY YOU BE BLESSED FOR YOUR HELP IN 2013 AND CONTINUE IT AS ABLE IN 2014. IT WILL HELP YOU BE SPIRITUALLY FED.

THANKS
VICKI DALIA AND THE REST OF THE STAFF AND ALL THE MAYAN FOLKS WE HELP



Monday, December 16, 2013

WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE CASA DE SION/SHFC FOR YOUR CHARITABLE GIVING

 WE, AT CASA DE SION/SHFC, HOPE YOU WILL CHOOSE US AND OUR PROGRAMS FOR YOUR HOLIDAY GIVING. THERE ARE MANY REASONS FOR THIS. WE GIVE 100% OF ALL DONATIONS TO OUR PROGRAMS SO YOUR MONEY GOES WHERE YOU WANT IT TO.

COME VISIT US AT OUR BEAUTIFUL LOCATION NEAR LAKE ATITLAN AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.
BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS
MANY OF YOU KNOW THE IDEA OF OPENING AN ORPHANAGE CAME UP WHEN THIS BEAUTIFUL BABY WAS OFFERED TO ME FOR SALE. OF COURSE, I SAID NO AND THEN WE WORKED WITH THE FAMILY SO SHE COULD STAY WITH HER BIOLOGICAL FAMILY. BUT WE KNEW THERE WERE OTHERS WHO COULD NOT STAY IN THEIR FAMILIES AND WE STARTED THE PROCESS TO OPEN AN ORPHANAGE. WE SHOULD HAVE CHILDREN BY THE MIDDLE OF MARCH AND ARE NOW GETTING THE ROOMS READY AND HIRING THE STAFF.
 TO THE RIGHT ARE 8 OF THE 100 12,13 AND 14 YEAR OLDS WE PROMISED WE WOULD HELP COME UP WITH THE FUNDING SO THEY DO NOT HAVE TO QUIT SCHOOL AND WORK IN THE FIELDS FOR $20.00 A WEEK. WE HAVE 12 SPONSORED. PLEASE PARTNER WITH US IN THIS AND CHANGE A LIFE WHILE YOU ENRICH YOUR HEART. WE HAVE A SPECIAL WEBPAGE FOR THIS. www.casadesion.org/sponsorme
WE FEED AND CLOTHE ABOUT 300 MAMAS AND ABOUT 600 TOTS AND INFANTS IN OUR MAMA/TOT PROGRAM. WE SUPPLY FORMULA FOR THE UNDER ONE SET WHOSE MAMAS DO NOT PRODUCE ENOUGH BREAST MILK [ DUH ALL OF THEM ] AND INCAPARINA FOR THE 1 TO 5 YEARS OLDS.
WE ALSO DO CLOTHING AND SHOE DISTRIBUTIONS AND TRAININGS ON VARIOUS THINGS OF INTEREST. PARENTING. HUMAN RIGHTS. CHILD ABUSE. CHARACTER BUILDING. ETC.
I AM GOING TO GUATEMALA RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS AND WILL TAKE ANY CANS OF POWDERED FORMULA SENT TO ME .
 WE WORK HARD TO GET HELP FOR THE MEDICALLY FRAGILE.  WE HAVE ABOUT 35 PEOPLE ON THIS LIST. MOST ARE CHILDREN. NONE OF THEIR CAREGIVERS CAN AFFORD EVEN THE TRANSPORTION MONEY TO GET THEIR KID TO THE DOCTOR, MUCH LESS PAY FOR TREATMENTS AND MEDICINE.
 WE WORK TO CUT COSTS EVERYWHERE WE CAN. SO WE ORGANICALLY RAISE A LOT OF THE FOOD USED IN THE PROGRAMS. THE KIDS IN THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM AS WELL AS THE ONES IN THE NEW ORPHANAGE LEARN HOW TO GROW HEALTHY FOODS IN A HEALTHY WAY. AND THEY LEARN HOW TO GIVE BACK. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT OF OUR PROGRAMS. EVERYONE GIVES WHERE THEY ARE ABLE TO GIVE.

 WE HAVE A SMALL CLINIC ON OUR COMMUNITY PROPERTY. WE LOVE HAVING MEDICAL AND DENTAL TEAMS COME DOWN AND GIVE SERVICE TO OUR MAYAN FRIENDS. IF THE TEAMS STAY IN OUR VOLUNTEER HOUSING ALL MONEY THEY PAY [ EXCEPT FOR THEIR FOOD ] GOES BACK INTO OUR PROGRAMS. YOU NEVER LACK FOR PATIENTS IF YOU DO A MEDICAL TEAM NOR DO YOU LACK FOR A HEARTWARMING EXPERIENCE.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE FEED ABOUT 300 ELEMENTARY STUDENTS 3 TIMES A WEEK AND HAVE TEACHERS WHO TUTOR WITH THEM FOR 3 HOURS A DAY. WE KNOW THE WAY OUT OF POVERTY IS THRU HEALTHY MINDS AND BODIES AND EDUCATION.








WE NEED MORE PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS TO PARTNER WITH US ON THESE PROGRAMS. WE LOVE THESE PEOPLE AND SACRIFICE OUR MONEY AND OUR TIME FOR THEM. IN EXCHANGE WE GET WONDERFUL HEARTWARMING FEELINGS OF OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE. YOU CAN GET THESE TOO.

CALL ME AT 1-800-431-0392
OR WRITE AT info@casadesion.org
LIKE US AT facebook.com/casadesion
OR WATCH A VIDEO AT youtube.com/CasaDeSionSHFC

OR SEND DONATIONS TO
SAFE HOMES FOR CHILDREN [ OUR USA 501C3 ]
3303 POND MOUNTAIN LANE
WHITETOP, VA 24292

THANKS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
VICKI DALIA
DIRECTOR OF SAFE HOMES FOR CHILDREN AND CASA DE SION