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    $2 a day, less than 11% middle school graduation rate in Ixil Region, Guatemala

    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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    Our company, Ensoluna S.A. in Guatemala has a Ensoluna Foundation which helps a school (Caserio El Tigre in Salcaja, Guatemala. only 100 kids, from 6 to 13 years old). We sponsor those kids who would not be able to attend the school without monthly sponsorship and also provide school materials and kitchen appliances for their daily meals.

    Guatemala Gov't provide $0.18 per day per kid, but even that had stopped coming since 18 month ago, so our company is providing the meals for the school for past 4 month.

    We are not trying to do something grand and important nor trying to get some sort of recognition. We are not even NGO, but we realized that we had to start somewhere to help, specially in the areas of educations for the kids who were born without any opportunities.

    Bill Gate said "If you are born poor, it is not your mistake. But if you die poor, it is your mistake"
    Charles Barkley (yes, that NBA Charles Barkley) said "Poor people can not reply on the gov't to come to help you in the time of need. You have to get your education, then, nobody can control your destiny".

    They are right words, but what they do not see is that there are millions of kids who can not get their education even if they want to. As example, if our company does not sponsor those kids, these kids will be working on the street just to put some food on the table, and their parents do not see the needs of education.

    Below are some photos of the school that we sponsor.
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    When we sponsor the kids, we visit each kids home, talk to their parents and make an agreement how they will spend the money for that child, and their school grade must be up to certain level.
    Every month, our company monitor their attendance, grades and parents expenses for the funds.

    here are some photos of the homes where we have visited.


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    I think you are doing great work. I like that your admin expenses are zero!

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    As some of the forum members might know that I will be going to Guatemala with my kids this Thursday in order to participate in GMI Guatemala Church https://www.facebook.com/gmiguatemala/ activities and try to help El Tigre school that our company sponsors.

    I just would like to say that I AM GREATLY TOUCHED BY generous donation from Bob "jumpinjakjava" & Wallace "wmark" who are long time coffee forum members.

    Normally, I only use my facebook for my Green bean sales purpose www.facebook.com/ensolunausa but I will be updating almost everyday with our activities with the GMI church and El Tigre school. If you have time, please check us out.

    Again, I thank you, Bob & Wallace.

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    here are "thank you coffee cups" for Bob and Wallace :+)

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    Going forward, I will be pushing more resources your way as I am greatly irritated by contributing only to pay high rent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmark View Post
    Going forward, I will be pushing more resources your way as I am greatly irritated by contributing only to pay high rent.
    Hello wmark,

    This boy's name is Jose Gallardo, 7 years old. He is in the first grade of "Los Altos School" in Quetzaltenango. He is a grandson of an elderly couple who used to be a pastor for many years but now retired from ministry due to his age. Currently, the elderly couple is taking care of Jose from birth because his mother is a single mother and has to work in another city to earn a living. They are very faithful attending and participating in GMI Gatemala www.facebook.com/gmiguatemala/

    I will be sponsoring Jose Gallardo with the donation I received from you, at least for a year. I will be in Guatemala by this weekend and I will be meeting them to set up the sponsorship.
    Also, with the donation I received from Bob yesterday, I will be looking for 4 other kids from GMI Guatemala church. I will be posting the sponsorship information when I arrive to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
    Again, thank you, Wallace & Bob. God Bless.



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    This boy's name is Alex Lopez who Bob (jumpinjakjava) will be sponsoring from this month. Alex (yes, same as my name :+) is 8 years old and he is living with his mom, Blanca and 2 sisters (Yulisa 16 & Evelin 14) and younger brother Marcos (6). They are currently living in Esperanza district in Quetzaltenango. Their father has abandoned them six years ago when Blanca was pregnant with Marcos.
    Blanca (mon) sells some home made foods in the street while kids are at school and she returns to home at noon to take care of her children. Currently she is earning about Q25 per day (About $3.30 per day) selling home made foods.
    With the donation that Bob gave, she will be able to provide better foods and school supplies to Alex Lopez in order to continue his education.
    Alex Lopez was introduced by Pastor David Choi and Esther Choi at GMI Guatemela church in Quetzaltenango. Thank you Super much, Pastor Choi and Esther. :+)
    Again, my sincere thanks to Jumpinjakjava (Bob)!!!!!



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    This boy's name is Jose Gallardo, 7 years old.
    My coffeeforum friend, wmark, will be sponsoring him for one year.
    He is in the first grade of "Los Altos School" in Quetzaltenango. He is a grandson of an elderly couple who used to be a pastor for many years but now retired from ministry due to his age. Currently, the elderly couple is taking care of Jose from birth because his mother is a single mother and has to work in another city to earn a living. They are very faithful attending and participating in GMI Guatemala www.facebook.com/gmiguatemala/
    Again, thank you, Wallace!

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