DEAR FRIENDS OF “CASA MILAGRO”
WE HOPE YOU HAD PLEASANT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS AND CONTINUE WITH HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
I am sending you some lovely impressions of our Christmas-gathering, singing and feasting with the traditional “Tamales” and many cakes. And certainly presents for everyone!
Here is a review of our YEAR 2016:
Pastor Markus of the Lutheran Church in Guatemala City came for a first blessing of our new KINDERGARDEN in May. Though it wasnot really completed but it already made a beautiful impression. The vocational Center CECAP here in S.Cruz surprised us with a beautiful window front.
Now we are happy to announce that in January we can say “Welcome!” to Mothers and the first 3 year old children, a nice and gentle beginning of learning and practicing Waldorf-education. We hope for support from “Escuela Caracol” in S.Marcos and other Waldorf teachers in Germany.
Also – we hope for your help to train a young woman here from S.Cruz to become a kindergarden teacher – every little contribution is GREAT and will be very welcomed!
We continue to send children to “Escuela Caracol” in S.Marcos. We must cover the boat rides and other expenses, which cost about $30per month per child. We have best results if we send children by the time they are 3 years old, and especially the “difficult” ones make a lot of progress.
Our student Miguel Alvarez graduated last year at “Escuela Caracol” and learned so much English in only 5 months that he passed the test for 7th grade at an English speaking school in Panajachel. We are so happy for him and his family, and he is very excited to be able to learn and exchange with foreign and local students equally. Please help us also to be able to continue supporting his precious education. Miguel could someday become an advocate for his community!
Our group of elders is now – thanks to their receiving a retirement of $45 a month (we did the paperwork with the government for all of them) – reduced to four, including a very old couple. Don Lucas will reach his 100th birthday soon and we will certainly have a big celebration!
The children at “Casa Milagro” serve the seniors a meal each day – going to their homes, offering the meal and asking what else they might need. That is part of our education – “Taking care, looking after each other” and more.
Many volunteers and practitioners from universities served us during the year with ideas, playful activities, the sales of our precious beaded jewelry. We are grateful to them all!
How can you support us ?
– a monthly donation for a child or widow
– a donation for a yearly dentist appointment for the children
– a sale in your family, community, church etc. to keep us independent from only donations
– a collection of school and art materials for our children that you bring down to Guatemala as a visitor or send to a contact in your country.
– spread the word about us and our needs – so many people are looking for a way of helping directly!
Please send a check made out to: Mechthilde Zorn
and write on the back: For Deposit Only to Account No. 7817087955
and mail to: WELLS FARGO BANK, Boulder 01015,
1242 Pearl St, Boulder Co 80302
Acc.No. 85 08 20 469
IBAN DE74 4401 0046 085 08 20 469