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Tuesday, May 10, 2011


I stole this blog from Joel (our Twitter Travel guy), I felt like everyone should read it.

"Reality: 56% of Guatemalans live below the poverty line; 80% of the Maya population are below that line

Reality: Guatemala suffers the highest rate of malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere; 55% of Maya children

Reality: Guatemala has the highest murder rate in the Western Hemisphere; 53 per 100K compared to 17 in Mexico and 35 in Colombia

Reality: Most of the indigenous poor in Guatemala earn less than $1 per day

Reality: 38% of the Maya population receive no education while another 50% attend less than 6 years

Reality: In Guatemala, 1.8% GDP goes to health care, 1.8% towards health care compared to 7.1% and 6.7% in US

Reality: 50% of Guatemalans have piped drinking water and fully 98% of all water sources are contaminated

Reality: Over 50% of Maya children experience growth stunting as a result of malnutrition

Reality: Less than 20% of the Maya population will ever see a doctor resulting in high infant mortality. One in 5 won't make it to their 5th birthday."

Friday, May 06, 2011

We have had lots going on in Guatemala

even tho I have been in the states for the last two weeks. Joel has been there supervising. We have had two medical teams. One a group of opticians who helped correct everyone's eyes and then a group of dentists who helped get people"s teeth in order. Check out Joel's blog at twitter travel to see pictures of all this. One of the older women we gave glasses to is in the pictures above.

And then a really big thing for us is our new guardian building being built down near the chickens coop. Twitter travel has a bunch of pictures on this. Kent , the man in the above picture, has a physical therapy clinic in Guate City. He collected a group who paid for the materials and donated their labor. And much labor it was. We will be so helped by this as it will give a family a home, give us a guardian so we can finally buy our chickens and start using the eggs and eventually chickens in our programs to eat and get our veggie gardens going and even some fruit trees.

While we are talking about medical stuff, here is one of the children we need money for to do further testing. He can not talk or hear and something wrong with his eyes. A sweet little 2 year old.

To see Joel's blog and all the wonderful pictures and stories, go to www.casadesion.blogspot.com and click on the Twiiter trale link on the right hand side.



Wednesday, May 04, 2011

In honor of mother's--giveaway

As I am sure you notice, we have a new look!
Thanks Jane (and Meredith), you are both amazing!!!

In honor of our new look and Mother's Day we are going to have a little fun.

First we have a great gift idea...

Give the women in your life the best "Mother's Day" present you can give them. For $20 a month, you can give them the gift of life. Your loved one will be assigned a mother and her little children. This family will be provided with life giving food and nutrients. For many of these children it will mean the difference between growth and development or stunting and malnourishment. The person you are honoring will receive a picture of the women and children they are supporting as well as updates and a e-card telling them how you have honored them.
Write Erin at erin.casadesion@gmail.com to sign up for Mother's day.

One of our mom's that needs a sponsor; Aura with her 2 kids Kedi 1 and Cindi 3

Also, we are going to do a Mother's Day giveaway.
Your chance to win a handmade purse from Guatemala. It is the perfect gift (other then sponsoring one of our mom's)!

Modeled by my beautiful sister Emmie

There are several ways you can enter our giveaway:
1. Follow us
2. Link this post to your facebook
3. Tweet about us and this giveaway
4. Blog about us and the giveaway
5. Sponsor one of our mom's

Rules: You may enter up to 5 times (one of each listed above), for each item, leave a comment below (if you already follow us, or sponsor a mom, leave a comment below) with a link and your email address.

Giveaway ends Sunday-Mother's Day, May 8th, 2011. If you are the winner and you want to give it as a gift, I can send an email with a picture to that special 'mom' in your life.