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  1. #1
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    Do Something BEAUTIFUL

    As most of members know, I work in Guatemala green bean export business.
    Also, my company and I help (try to help) as many poor kids as possible in a school where mainly consisted of children of coffee farm workers.

    This is El Tigre School in Salcaja village. 104 kids with 6 teachers. One of the poorest and smallest schools in this village. Kid's ages are ranging from 6 years to 13 years, but 70% of kids are between 6 years to 9 years because when the kids get the age of 9 and more, their parents take them out of school and put them to work to help the family. That is the reason you see mostly small kids.


    Specially, most of girls do not get to finish the school because parents believe that just having few of years of basic education is enough for the girls. So, as soon as they can read and write their names & be able to do some math, more likely, they will be stopped coming to school and start working at home, taking care of smaller babies, doing laundries, cooking...etc


    That is why it became a mission for me, here in El Tigre, Salcaja. I want to sponsor as many kids (specially girls) as possible, helping them financially, monthly, yearly, so that they can finish the school, rather than start working at 9 or 10 years old.
    El Tigre School have about 30 more kids who need to be sponsored to continue their valuable education. I am doing as much as I can to help, but if there are anyone who are willing to help the kids, please let me know.
    I can even get you direct contact with the school teachers (by facebook or email or phone #), so you can ask all the questions you might have and even donate and sponsor some kids directly.

    And someday, if you are coming to Guatemala, for business or for vacation, I will personally take you to the school and introduce to the kids you are sponsoring. And if I am not there, I can give you very detailed information how to get to the school.

    Anyway, PLEASE DO SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL TODAY.

    PS: if you can check my facebook, there are more info about El Tigre school sponsorship or other related matters.

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    I have never seen "wmark" from this forum. Never even talked to him. We only communicate via facebook and this forum.
    But he seems to understand what it is like to be born in Guatemala, in a poor coffee / agricultural community where there is no shopping centre, no movie theatre and not even a US fast food restaurant.

    Today, he sent me a generous donation, so that I can sponsor few more kids behalf of him.
    I will be at the EL TIGRE school in the first week of March and I will be posting some photos and new kids who wmark will be sponsoring.

    I sincerely thank wmark for his kindness and generosity.

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    by the way, these are the photos that I took last year.

    when I sponsor a kid, I ALWAYS visit his/her house to talk to their parents to make it sure that the money will be spending right and the child will be continuing his/her education. The school principal must send me the child's attendance and also quarterly school report for me to check.

    In my next trip, I am planning to set up a "after school educational program" so that at least the sponsored kids (and other kids if they want to study more after school) can attend after school program at least once or twice a week.

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    I understand that this is a tough subject.

    perhaps you do not want to see this nor read, and rather discuss about $100 per pound Geisha, $30 luwak cup of coffee, but that was/is not the reason why I decided to go into coffee industry in Guatemala.

    I just want you to know that coffee farm owner makes a penny when you pay $2.50 for a small coffee in USA. and from that penny, a small fraction of it goes to actual coffee workers and their family.
    THAT is the truth.

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    This morning, I just got a message from one of our brand new forum member. she would like to stay anonymous for her donation, so I won't mention her user name here. By the way, below is the message she sent me this morning via forum.


    El Tigre school (sponsor)

    Hello Ensoluna!

    Thank you for the wonderful post and ideas on how to support education of young students in coffee growing communities! I am reaching out because I am interested in learning more about the obstacles presented and the unique possibilities for education in this area. I am a teacher by trade and work in education in New York.

    I am also considering sponsoring a student at El Tigre and getting involved with the school in general. I would love to learn more about the work being done, and how I can support the education of students in this coffee growing community. Please do not hesitate to reach out or ask questions.

    I look forward to connecting!


    we talked about my project via email few times and immediately she sent a donation for sponsoring a girl at El Tigre school for a year.

    it just seems like I am using this forum as a platform for my cause/donation, however, as long as this wonderful coffee forum is helping me and helping others (real coffee workers' and their families), I believe it is alright.

    since she wants to stay anonymous, I won't post any sponsored girl info nor her info here, but I will be posting all the girls from El Tigre school in my facebook.

    again, I sincerely thank her for her generosity and inclination to help.

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    Yesterday was the first day of "after school study project" for our company sponsored kids from El Tigre school in Salcaja.
    Unfortunately, the kids parents aren't able to help the kids in their home works and any other extra studies that GMI Guatemala (Korean Christian Missionary Church in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala) and Ensoluna have established extra school and church programs for the kids (not just our kids, but any kids who are willing to study extra after school).
    Every Thursday, 1 pm, two of the church members, Edin & Danny, will be there to help and teach the kids and provide lunch for them. As you can see from the photos, for now, it isn't much, but it certainly is a wonderful beginning to educate the kids and further their knowledge.
    Personally, I am so grateful to Danny & Edin for their hard work and dedication for the kids. I will be there to join them in few weeks and hopefully I can help them to make the school better for everyone.

    Also, I will be interviewing few kids for us to sponsor, two kids for "wmark" and one kid for another lady who has donated for one kid sponsorship.
    I thank you very much.

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