Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Would Your Child be This Happy about Cabbage?

 When Adopt-A-Village Guatemala founder Frances Dixon sent me this photo yesterday ( we partner with AAV to help this family) three things came to mind.
  •  I have never seen children this happy to see cabbage, eggs and beans.
  •  Guatemala's verdant land is capable of feeding its citizens. These are some great looking cabbages!
  •  Land ownership among single-mother households is essential toward enabling these Mom's to     feed their children. It is the only way to avoid the need for FFF and AAV to provide food donations on a monthly basis. We would love to be "out of a job" and empower Candalaria to feed her children without assistance. Owning enough land to plant a garden and support farm  animals is our is the key to self-sufficiency for this family.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day Rosa

Rosa, with food donation
Rosa became a widow three years ago. As the mother of five children, she has a bleak future in remote northern Guatemala. Rosa has no wage-earning skills, and she lives in very impoverished circumstances, with no running water, electricity or enough food to feed her children. Her 14 yr old son is the only wage earner for the family. He makes $3.50 per day hauling firewood for neighbors.
Did I mention that she is blind?
Rosa can't see the cabbage, beans and eggs that we donated yesterday, but she can feel the warmth of friendship from her American sponsor. Helping Rosa would not be possible for us without the assistance of Adopt-A-Village. It takes a group of determined women and an engaged sponsor to create significant change for women like Rosa who have so many needs.