Saturday, August 27, 2011

Second shipment of midwifery supplies well received in Guatemala

The following is an excerpt from a recent note received regarding the last shipment of midwifery kits donated  by Finding Freedom through Friendship. 
The stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs are still a great need as we train the midwives.  The syringe bulbs, the cords, the flashlights, the vitamins are such a blessing.  A group recently asked me for some sort of bag.  Not too big as they have to travel distances on foot and at night to get to the births.  Maybe a small back pack of sorts.  Something waterproof because it rains a lot.
A special gift to the ladies like samples of perfumes from Dept Stores or hair accessories (they have long black hair) for the midwives also would be wonderful.  They do not get much pay for days of labor. They actually tend the Mommy for the first 10 days and then keep track of them for a full 4 weeks.  Their pay is very little or a chicken or so.
I am hoping to have a website someday.  It is not my greatest asset to be doing so.  This way I can post the photos, blog and keep folks like you informed on a regular basis.
You do not know what a blessing those kits have been!  I take baby clothes to the hospital for the babies that are abandoned.  There is always one or two awaiting to go to an orphanage which are very full.  Some of the clinics have very poor folks and some of the blankets have landed on their babies as it gets cold at night. (Sally York, volunteer in Guatemala)

Monday, August 15, 2011

A New Home for These Brothers in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

It is hard to imagine a more remote but beautiful area of the world than Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The mountains are steep, the greenery is lush and the area is difficult to access. This makes all of the critical needs for rural indigenous families in the area more difficult to find. Schools are far from home, land suitable for farming is scarce and poverty in this area is some of the most extreme.
Finding Freedom through Friendship is networking with another nonprofit, Adopt-A-Village, to purchase land, and built a home for two widows and their 12 children. In this unique collaboration, both organizations will use their resources to provide shelter, purchase furniture, feed the families and teach them gardening techniques.
Frances, founder of AAV, and Jody, founder of FFF, first met for dinner in Miami this past May. They felt an instant connection and had a great evening of sharing information that both organizations can utilize. The two boys above (shown leaning on corn donated by Finding Freedom) will be the beneficiaries of this evening as AAV and FFF work toward improving their future.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tomasa in Guatemala-Pretty in Pink

This beautiful teenager (above, middle) didn't feel too pretty with her former prosthetic eye, which was too small and therefore did not stay in place very well. Our facilitator, Roland, who has volunteered in Guatemala for many years, knew of a medical professional who could help Tomasa. Finding Freedom through Friendship was able to network with Roland and Mayan Families in Panajachel to have a new prosthetic eye donated to this young lady. Thank you Roland for bringing Tomasa's smile back.