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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmark View Post
    I think you are doing great work. I like that your admin expenses are zero!
    Yes, it is Zero. five years ago, I used to sponsor a small NGO. Home - LanVwa it is a NGO based in Philly and there were couple of people working in Guatemala.

    Since I work and live in Guatemala many month out of the year, I wanted to buy the supplies for the school this NGO was helping. (they were helping only one remote school in Guatemala). I got couple of thousand dollars in my hand and wanted to buy some school supplies and GO and SEE the school and kids.
    it was about 4 hours driving into rough areas (supposedly.. because I never could go...)

    The lady who works for that NGO refused to pick me up and take me to the school.
    She just said that either I should rent a car and drive myself or take a taxi!!!!

    of course, I was very new to Guatemala life and there was no way that I could rent and drive myself to .... some remote village into mountain 4 hours away, or hire a taxi to get there. I am crazy sometimes, but not that crazy.

    So, bottom line was that I couldn't go. I got the money for the kids in my hand, but couldn't go.

    Later on, someone (who were involved in NGO way before me in Guatemala) told me that I was supposed to send the money to Home - LanVwa by check or wire transfer. So, that they (Lanvwa people) can take all the admin / salary ...etc expense off from my donation and give 10% of my donation to the kid's education and supply.

    Then, a light bulb went on my head and realized that "Aha!!!! that is why she did not want to pick me up and take me there" because she got nothing to gain by me buying supplies for kids, personally and delivering them personally to the school. She would not get paid for her services...

    What a sad scenario!!!

    That is why I am doing what I am doing. I am not NGO. I am just one person and I really want to be super transparent about what I am doing.
    But one bad thing is that since I am not NGO, the donation people can not get a tax break.
    I say, "big deal". if someone wants to get a TAX BREAK for their donation and that is one of the main reason for donation, I say, "better not do it".
    Last edited by ensoluna; 07-17-2017 at 05:48 AM.

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    Among all the kids that we are sponsoring, Esmeralda needs most financial help. She is 7 years old, very bright girl among 7 other siblings (William 19, Estuardo 18, Eric 15, Tony 12, Yosalin 11, Brian 8 and finally Sofi 1 years old). Mother's name is Ana Ixcoy who never ever had any type of education. As you can see, she could not sign her name, hence the thump print.
    Ana supports her family by working as a maid. She is a hard worker, but she needs more help from us. If our sponsorship goes well and if we can, we would love to sponsor some more of her kids.
    Esmeralda will be 4th child who Bob Johnson will be sponsoring for one year.
    Again, my sincere thanks to Bob and Esther Jaesook Choi & Edin García Morales who made this happen for all of us.

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    Billy Shique is an exceptional child! Extremely brilliant and smart. Vanesa told me that his lowest grade for this semester is 92 point. No matter we help him or not, he will continue his education as far as he can, however, GMI Guatemala has promised him that if he continue to be excellent in school, we will be sponsoring him through his university.
    Vanesa makes living teaching kids in her neighborhood & does not have a husband. She has two more children, Gisselle 8 years old & Zamira at 4.
    Billy is 3rd sponsored kid from Bob Johnson.
    Personally, I think that this kid is special and we will make it sure that he can go as far as he can to better himself and his community.

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    Jorge Lopez is the 2nd kid who Bob Johnson will be sponsoring for one year. He is 11 years old and has 3 more siblings (Joran 13, Susan 15 and Luis 16). Mom's name is Rosalina and she is making a living selling foods in streets. Fortunately, they have a father, Fernando, but currently he is sick and out of job.
    Under the guidance of GMI Guatemala, Jorge's family will be attending the church and Jorge will be able to continue his education.

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    Last Sunday at www.facebook.com/gmi.guatemala GMI Church, all the sponsored families came to our church and Pastor David and Esther Jaesook Choi have given them the Beca (Sponsorship monthly help).
    I personally truly hope that they will continue to attend our church and also do well at school and home in order to improve their lives.

    Again, I would like to thank Bob Johnson and Wallace Mark for your generosity. And also I would like to thank Pastor David and Esther Jaesook Choi for giving me this wonderful opportunity to help the church and community.


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    its that time of year when people feel the need to share so i thought I would bump this forward as i heard some interesting statistics today.

    80% of donated money go to approximately 2% of charities..........mostly those with high profiles and advertising budgets.
    The best of the charities use only 26% of donated money for administration. Hate to see what the worst use for administration.

    I've mostly stopped giving to institutional charities as i don't want to pay western salaries. i.e. I was giving to another coffee charity until they thought they should move their offices to NYC. i guess if they could afford offices in NYC, they didn't need my donation.

    Ensoluna's educational efforts appeal to me as he uses 0% of my money for administration or anything else.
    My donation(s) are going there.

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    thanks for your posting, wmark.
    we all have to realize that most of NGO takes huge percentages of the donations for their salary, expenses...etc and whatever left over goes to the ones in need.

    let me give you a personal experience.
    I used to know a NGO in Guatemala, very small one.
    only one lady works in Guatemala and main office was in East coast of USA. normally, in Guatemala, those people who does administration work makes $400 to $450 a month. but she was getting paid $1400 per month.
    also, what you have to realize is that if a NGO's annual expenses is $20,000 as example (they must have CEO, treasury, secretary, web designer, main workers...etc with all salaries that NGO decide) and if they get donation for $20,000 in year, nothing will go to the people in needs. Nothing.

    so, if possible, please help thru some good and honest "foundations" after thorough checking.

    I am not a NGO or registered foundation.
    I just do it on my own because whenever I work in Guatemala, I see and work with people who really need help, specially for the children's education. very small scale, but if I can help and they can do well because of my help, that would make me very happy.

    as wmark said, it is the season of giving. if possible, try to sponsor a child or two "personally" without going thru big and deceitful NGOs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensoluna View Post
    This morning, I stumbled upon this article from Perfect Daily Grind article.
    It is about Ixil region coffee farmers in Guatemala. I am very much familiar with this region because it is only couple of hours away from where I work.

    It is one of the poorest regions in Guatemala, average daily income of $2 and majority of kids can not even finish their middle school.
    For most of people, living in USA and other developed countries, it is very tough to imagine how other side of the world lives, specially in these coffee origin countries.

    I kindly invite you to read this article and hope that you have the heart to help whatever you can.

    https://www.perfectdailygrind.com/20...ion-guatemala/

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    I am just getting tears from my eyes. Why is government not helping the children. Do you have any idea. Why you guys don't question your governments??

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    Quote Originally Posted by gracy1 View Post
    I am just getting tears from my eyes. Why is government not helping the children. Do you have any idea. Why you guys don't question your governments??
    well... they did for 36 years!. it was called "Guatemala civil war" from 1960 to 1996. that war was between the poor (mainly ethnic Maya indigenous people and peasants) against the government of Guatemala.

    I guess that I do not have to tell you who won. Since government is still not helping the children and the poor.

    Gracy1, this is one of the most important subjects that defines Latin cultures and social & political system.
    If you are interested, you can google "Guatemala civil war" and read about it.
    and if you have more questions, you are more than welcome to ask me about it. (perhaps not via this forum, but you can contact me. there is my email address in "profile" page in this forum)
    Last edited by ensoluna; 12-21-2017 at 06:20 AM.
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    To push the topic to the political edge.........the U.S. government was fomenting unrest in the entire region under the banner of fighting communism.

 

 
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