Thursday, February 23, 2012

Roland, Working Hard in Guatemala to Help Our Single Mothers

Roland, with his appreciation award, January, 2012



Roland has volunteered for Finding Freedom through Friendship since we started our program. His stamina for helping our single mothers has never wavered, and he spends the majority of his time networking the needs of women and children in rural Guatemala for us and other non-profits. Roland is in charge of delivering food, supervising construction, assisting with healthcare needs and purchasing school supplies for seven of our single mothers.
FFF board members recently awarded Roland a Volunteer Appreciation Award for his three years of service to our organization.
Thank you Roland!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Samuel

Samuel, age three
This is Samuel. If he were your child, you would most likely wash his clothes, feed him adequately and tuck him into bed at night. You would educate him, raise him to be a young man who contributes to the world and you would hope that all of your dreams for him come true.
His mother feels the same way, but her outlook is shaded by the fact that she already lost a 14 year old son, as well as a husband. Her son is lost in every sense of the word....he has not been seen or heard from since he tried to cross the border. He is presumed to be dead.
The loss of her husband left Catarina alone in her household to raise her remaining four children. With no running water, no furniture, a leaking roof and inadequate food supplies, she is described by our facilitator as "completely distraught and exhausted."
Samuel is the "man of the household" at age three.
Catarina's "kitchen"
He is too young to understand, but Samuel's outlook just got brighter. Finding Freedom through Friendship is sending food monthly, and we have send funds for a bed for him to sleep in so he will no longer be on the floor at night. His sisters are back in school. There is renewed hope for a brighter future.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

How excited would your child be over a bag of oatmeal?

This is Francisco. Finding Freedom through Friendship started providing his family with monthly food donations last fall.
These food donations are not exciting...100 lbs of corn, rice, 50 lbs of black beans, cooking oil, sugar, and eggs. No junk food, no desserts, no soft drinks. Nothing that a typical child would be excited enough to smile this big for.
The incaparina that Francisco is holding is a nutritious cereal that is similar to our American oatmeal.
I grew up eating oatmeal. In the 1960's it was an inexpensive way to fill the stomachs of our large family at breakfast. There was nothing about oatmeal that would have elicited a smile like Francisco's. But then I was never this thin, with no father to provide food, and four siblings who were as hungry as I was.