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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 04:48 AM.

  2. #12
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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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  4. #14
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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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