Posted by: Casa Milagro | March 4, 2016

Kids for the environment!

We are having fun at one¬†of our recent beach cleanings..ūüôā

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Posted by: Casa Milagro | February 22, 2016

CREATIVE ACTIVITIES

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Our main goal at CasaMilagro is to give  children access to education and a proper nutrition, and a playful, safe environment.   In addition, we want them to develop strong social skills in order to become resilient, self-confident children.

  • We provide nutritious groceries for the families on a weekly base and cook one meal every afternoon for all of the children at the project.
  • We engage and support the children every day by helping them with their homework and by giving extra support to those who need to learn or repeat specific school subjects
  • We teach English in the afternoons, as well as general knowledge, (geography, environmental awareness, etc.) through interactive learning.
  • We seek to bring out CREATIVITY in all of our children.¬† It is very important to stimulate and open the children`s minds to develop more interest in the arts and to find more self-confidence in themselves.

Below are some of our recent activities:

We ran a photo project in which the kids learned how to use a camera and prepared a small public exhibition.¬†We provide a wide range of creative activities for the children: painting¬† T-shirts, singing, playing recorders and other musical instruments, sewing clothes for dolls, making necklaces, and performing a short theatre play for the parents in January ‚Äď just to name a fewūüôā

With all these creative activities, and with our support, the children experience what they are already capable of ‚Äď strength and self-confidence. The activities are a great way to develop social skills because they share knowledge, materials, work space, and interact in a group environment.

Although the children come from strenuous living situations, we can see their positive improvements everyday. We play very important roles in their lives especially for those who don`t have the opportunity to go to the Caracol (Waldorf school)! 

We are so happy that we can already provide all of this to our children and thank YOU for your support! 

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Posted by: Casa Milagro | February 4, 2016

New Year’s greetings

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Miguel and his family

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016 !!!
DEAR FRIENDS OF CASA MILAGRO !
We would like to thank you for your continued interest, support and warmth towards all of us of the MILAGRO-FAMILY.
Without you and your help we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing, for already more than ¬†¬†23 YEARS !
As you may know, we are extremely affected by the financial situation in Europe. It has meant that – already for a whole year – every time we exchange money from Germany we now receive 30 % less than that of previous years.
It is simply unbearable for CASA MILAGRO, but with your support we can get through this crisis.
You may consider helping us by organizing a sale for our beautiful beaded jewelry Рwith your friends, at your work place, at your school, church etc.
Please, contact us, and we will organize it with you!  casamilagroatitlan@gmail.com
You also might like to¬†sponsor a child¬†attending the Waldorf-School “Escuela Caracol” in S.Marcos la Laguna around the lake, it needs only 1 $ daily each child to make a big difference.
We appreciate you all spreading the word about our work – helping special families in need – single mothers, mothers with many children, senior widows, and very old couples. Furthermore connecting special children, who need loving attention and professional support with a school in a beautiful garden =
ESCUELA CARACOL WALDORF. Your sponsorship allows the boat ride and the school fee.
In the meantime we have our first 6. grade graduate from Waldorf. His name is M i g u e l, and we are so happy for him and his family, and we are pleased to announce that he already has a place to continue studying in an English teaching school.
Miguel is just 12 years old, but shows promise beyond his years –¬†we hope for your generous support¬†that allows him to study for the next few years and prepare for University.
PLEASE! We invite you to donate just¬†ONE DOLLAR A DAY¬†for Miguel’s education – what a change it will make in his life and the life of his family!
The¬†senior widows of Casa Milagro¬†are incredible appreciative for your sponsorships. We are supporting them with monthly food supplies and include them in our festivities of Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day etc. We also help them to organize for their legal paperwork to receive a retirement of 400 Q (50 $) a month.
With delight we also like to announce the new project of a ¬†WALDORF-KINDERGARDEN! ¬†Thank’s to the Iglesia Luterana Alemana in Guatemala-City we are able to build this new unit for the smallest children who than might go to S. Marcos to join ¬†“Escuela Caracol”.¬† We are still looking for Waldorf-teachers to share their experiences with us and give us training. We also need to find a young woman in the village or around ¬†interested in this education.
Our many activities over the year were strongly supported by volunteers and practitioners of Universities in Germany and Switzerland. We are so very grateful to receive those young people with their enthusiasm, interest and strong involvement.
LET ME FINISH WITH BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR РPLEASE, HELP  US   EVEN  MORE TO CONTINUE OUR GOOD WORK !
YOURS, THILDA  AND ALL MOTHERS AND CHILDREN OF 
                         CASA  MILAGRO  
Posted by: Casa Milagro | November 13, 2015

Fiesta de los Barriletes – Dia de los Santos!

Every year at the 1st of November Guatemala celebrates – and we celebrated, too. Look at the beautiful kites the kids made!

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Traditional kite flying, Sumpango:

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Posted by: Casa Milagro | November 3, 2015

New volunteers arrived!

Hello there!
New volounteers arrived at Casa Milagro! We are Angi (22) from Switzerland and Hanna (19) and Dani (22) from Germany. Angi and I are studying Social Work, and we do an internship here. Hanna was interested in doing some volunteer work after finishing school. We all are staying for a few months at the Lake and really enjoy to be involved at Casa Milagro.
For example we give some English classes to the children. Also we offer handicrafts and playing music. With the women of Casa Milagro we’re making handicrafts too – lovely little bead work they call mostacillas. We really would like to learn how to do it as terrific as the women. We are trying to help them with writing and maths as well.
We’re looking forward to what comes next because there is always something new to experience here at Casa Milagro!

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Posted by: Casa Milagro | March 24, 2015

Casa Milagro Looking for a Volunteer

Casa Milagro is looking for a practical volunteer who can help with contruction, gardening, soil work and building.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact Thilda by email at casamilagroatitlan@gmail.com  or call us at (+502)4571-0053 .

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Posted by: Casa Milagro | February 10, 2015

Dreamcatcher Day at Casa Milagro

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“Jaime” from Novia Scotia and her Dream Catcher Workshop

Posted by: Casa Milagro | January 26, 2015

Christmas 2014 & update

DEAR FRIENDS OF CASA MILAGRO!

BEST WISHES FOR THE YEAR 2015! WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE  22nd YEAR  FULL OF NEW ADVENTURES, FRUITFUL AND RICH! THE MOST EXCITING NEWS WAS AND IS THE NEW CONTACT TO ESCUELA CARACOL, A RUDOLPH STEINER-WALDORF SCHOOL IN S.MARCOS LA LAGUNA, HERE AT LAKE ATITLAN.

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ESCUELA CARACOL IS A WONDERFUL APPROACH TO REACH LOCAL FAMILIES AND THEIR CHILDREN AS WELL AS FOREIGNERS. THEY EXIST ALREADY FOR 7 YEARS, STARTED WITH JUST 5 CHILDREN, NOW IT IS ABOUT 60. OUR IMPRESSION IS THAT OF A GARDEN IN WHICH LEARNING AND TEACHING AND COMMUNITY TAKES PLACE. IT IS AN ENVIRONMENT OF JOY AND WARMTH AND SUPPORT FOR ALL.

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WE STARTET TO SEND JUST FOUR CHILDREN AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, IT IS A LOT OF WORK, THEY HAVE TO BE BROUGHT OVER BY ONE ADULT EACH MORNING (THILDA DOES THE FRIDAYS AND STAYS FOR LEARNING) AND TO BE PICKED UP AGAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. SURPRISINGLY WELL IT ALL WENT, BUT EXPENSIVE FOR US AS A TINY PROJECT. THE CHILDREN HAVE SCHOLARSHIP, FAMILIES JUST PAY A SHARE FOR THE GREAT TWO MEALS A DAY. WE  ALREADY SEE WONDROUS CHANGES HAPPENING AND ARE VERY GRATEFUL AND WANT TO CONTINUE WITH MORE CHILDREN. HOPING FOR YOUR HELP FOR THE EXPENSIVE BOAT RIDES, ABOUT 200 Q (25$) A MONTH PER CHILD.

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ANOTHER SURPRISE AND BLESSING IS THAT WE WILL BE THE ONE-YEAR-PROJECT- 2015 OF THE GERMAN LUTHERAN CHURCH IN GUATEMALA-CITY.

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Pastor Markus Boettcher of German Lutheran Church

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WE ARE ALREADY MAKING PLANS FOR RENOVATIONS, IMPROVEMENTS, ETC. AN ANEXO BUILDING AND FOR SURE A PLAYGROUND UNIT AND GARDEN FOR THE CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHERS. AND WE HOPE TO TRAIN A YOUNG WOMEN TO BECOME A WALDORF-KINDERGARDEN-TEACHER FOR THE VERY YOUNG ONES ¬†WE CAN’T SEND TO S.MARCOS BUT PREPARE FOR THEIR 1st GRADE AT CARACOL.

IMG_1066PLEASE! IF ANYBODY WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER WITH IDEAS OR EVEN WITH THEIR HANDS TO BUILD THE PLAYGROUND, WE WILL BE SUPER GRATEFUL! ALSO, IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCES WITH GOOD STORES FOR CHILDREN’S LEARNING MATERIAL AND ALL AROUND THAT, LET US KNOW!

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AS USUAL WE HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS EVENT, HERE ARE SOME IMPRESSIONS. OUR WISH-LIST FOR 2015…..MORE VOLUNTEERS, SPONSORSHIPS FOR SENIORS (WE CONTINUE THE PROGRAM FOR SENIOR WIDOWS AND VERY OLD COUPLES) AND CHILDREN, HELP WITH OUR BUILDING AND GARDENING, USED BOOKS, MATERIAL, CLOTH FOR CHILDREN AND WHATEVER YOU COULD IMAGINE WOULD BE GOOD FOR US!   THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!

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WITH ALL OUR GRATITUDE – THILDA ZORN AND MOTHERS, CHILDREN AND SENIORS OF CASA MILAGRO

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Posted by: Casa Milagro | July 2, 2013

Cantamos at Casa Milagro!

Posted by: Casa Milagro | February 10, 2013

Christmas 2012 at Casa Milagro

Dear Friends of ¨Casa Milagro¨!!!

Many loving wishes to you for the New Year!!!
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After the big ¨High¨of the end of the Mayan Calendar at the 21. We are back to normal so to speak. There were many celebrations for this shift in almost all villages around the lake, and in historical sites like Tikal etc.
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Our Christmas events were another highlight for us, celebrating not only with the traditional tree and stars, tamales, all kinds of sweets Рbut also looking back to 20 years (in August) of many different activities, like all kinds of workshops for children, counseling about family planning, hygiene, dental care, hospital, alphabetization for mothers, house building and house remodeling for seniors, meals and food deliveries for seniors, help with retire mental plan etc.
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Reflecting on all that we can let go easier of painful experiences, for instance this year we had the loss of a great friend for so many years, Aria Rose in California. Aria was actually a health practitioner, but was very much engaged in the sale of our handicrafts; wherever she went she took her basket with her and talked to people about us. That was Miracle in Action!!! Beside the pain of losing a friend I am so very grateful!!!

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Aria also left a gap in our financial base, we have to find more new friends to help us continuing the good work and also keeping our independence from ¬®just donations by selling our items! Please, contact me to get more information, it doesn¬īt have to be a big approach, it can be a onetime sale at home with family members or neighbors etc.
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We also like to invite you to support our old and very needy senior widows, by starting a partnership with only 35 $ a month, this is all it takes to cover all basic expanses – please visit our website!

 

FINALLY I LIKE TO THANK ALL FRIENDS NEAR AND FAR FOR THEIR SUPPORT! PLEASE, RECEIVE OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE FOR YOUR HELP! WE ARE VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN CONTINUE AND MAYBE EVEN IMPROVE OUR PROGRAM, HELPING MORE WIDOWS IN NEARBY VILLAGES ETC.

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AND ALL BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR, MAY IT BE FRUITFUL, MAY THEIR BE WAYS TO BE CREATIVE AND STRONG TO LIVE OUR DREAMS! MAY THERE BE MIRACLES!!!
Yours, Thilda and the ¨Miracle House¨!!!

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