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CASA MILAGRO IN TIMES OF CORONA

DEAR FRIENDS OF CASA MILAGRO !
 
We hope that you are well in these difficult times!  Since you might not want to read another long article about the Corona crises – I would like to give you an overview of our situation here.
 
Guatemala has less than 100 cases estimated, but there is almost no testing happening. Thanks to the government we are very protected – all schools, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses are closed, no buses are running, almost no boats, certainly no flights, and the borders are closed for weeks now. Everybody has to stay at home between 4 pm and 4 am and seniors are asked not to leave the house. This is especially difficult at this Easter Holy Week – Semana Santa – where people normally go to Lake Atitlan as a sacred event. But we are also appreciative to be as safe as possible.
 
Today – Easter Sunday – it is so quiet, so very unusual, nobody will forget this time! And I hope that something new, something also unusual will develop out of it – our human nature, our human condition with friendliness, a real neighborhood, compassion, and understanding for others. The solidarity we find already growing and people are happily giving and receiving. 
This should be our way of life!   
 
Today I urgently ask you for your help! Since so many businesses are closed down and jobs lost, families are not able to support themselves and their seniors – we are expecting a wave of hunger throughout the country!
 
As most of you know, Casa Milagro has been a project helping those in need in Santa Cruz for almost 28 years now. 
 
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Christmas at Casa Milagro, senior-widows with traditional ponche – punch 
 
One of our ongoing programs is a Senior-Widows-Program for 15 older women. We want to increase this aspect of our project by giving out food supplies and hygiene articles once a week. Each woman would receive food staples worth Quetzal 35 (about $4.75) and hygiene articles worth Q10  (about $1.25) for a total of only $6 per person. To help these 15 senior women we would need a total of $90 per week or $360 monthly.
 
We also want to help four very needy families, who lost their jobs, have many children and nowhere to go for support. Our proposal would be to give work to those fathers and young men so that they can continue their humble family lives. A daily income of $10 -$12 would be sufficient to help these families. This would cost a total of $320-360 per month for each family or a total of $1280 -$1440 per month for all four families.
 
Juana´s and Santiago´s family – Miguel(student at PCI, English-speaking school)
Rosa (cook) and little son Angel, Alejandra (Escuela Caracol, Waldorf School), Andres (cook)
 
Ana´s and Andres´family, Anastacio (student), Ana Maria (Escuela Caracol), little Antonio, Jose (student)
 
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Petrona and Adan´s family – 7 children, and only Ricardo is old enough to work. 
He already helped us by taking care of trees we planted at the water spring of S.Cruz,
Petrona is learning the beadwork – but is also very busy with her children.
 
Although there is no market for beadwork at the moment, we hope to continue the handicraft work for seven mothers and then sell the products later. We need to buy beads and pay the handicraft work immediately so that the families don’t have to struggle. Weekly expenses are about Q1.000 (or $$135) which would be a total of $540 per month for us to continue our beadwork project.
 
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Our group of beaders, mothers who are doing this beside their demanding household…
 
What I have outlined is a basic plan to provide the minimal assistance needed to help people in need in our community during the next months. Those who can work can support themselves and the elders receive what they need. The families will have a humble way to go through the crisis and hardship of the Corona-virus pandemic. 
But it will cost between $2,180 – $2,340 per month.  We have very little resources and desperately need your help.
  
We hope that you will support us generously through this time so that we can pass your expression of hope to mothers, seniors, families, and children in need in our village in Guatemala.
 

DONATIONS: 

To donate, please click the PayPal Donate Button below to send money directly online:
 
 
If you prefer paying by check, you can send your US$ checks to Carolyn Dailey, our contact in the USA, and she will deposit your check into our bank account.  
Please make your check payable to MECHTHILDE ZORN  (Thilda)
Mail to: Carolyn Dailey, 560 Pack Creek Road, Moab, UT 84532   Attention: Casa Milagro
 
Please include your name and address with your check.
As a small token of our appreciation, we plan to send you a free gift of a lovely small beadwork Christmas ornament in time for Christmas!
 
Also, if you haven’t already, please follow us on Facebook through the following link : 
 
Thank you so very much! And be well! 
 
Yours,
Thilda Zorn and all of Casa Milagro

 

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First Volunteer in 2017 ;)

I had a pleasant time at Casa Milagro working with the local kids.

Especially teaching Miguel, how he teaches foreigners the Spanish language. It was a really good practice for his English and for my Spanish.

Thank’s to Thilda and the kids, who made this stay so enjoyable.

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CHRISTMAS 2016

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!

 

DONATIONS:
IN USA,
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
IN EUROPE
Postbank Dortmund
Mechthilde Zorn
Acc.No. 85 08 20 469
IBAN DE74 4401 0046 085 08 20 469
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!
Tilda Zorn
family Marta and Pedro and Evelyn, my dear companions
enjoying the traditional “Christmas-Tamales”
many greetings from our group of women – thank you for the light you bring to us at “Casa Milagro”!
Diego, our party musician and guitar teacher received a crown
blissful children showing their light!

Seniors are enjoying the Christmas cakes

Miguel Alvarez at his graduation with teacher Karin, little 
sister Alejandra and his mother Juana Alvarez
 
 
LET ME NOW WISH YOU A PEACEFUL AND HEALTHY        NEW YEAR – AND THANK YOU ALWAYS FOR YOUR   SUPPORT, YOUR LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP!
YOURS, THILDA AND “CASA MILAGRO”
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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 – just to name a few 🙂

With all these creative activities, and with our support, the children experience what they are already capable of – 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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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 – with 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 – PLEASE, HELP  US   EVEN  MORE TO CONTINUE OUR GOOD WORK !
YOURS, THILDA  AND ALL MOTHERS AND CHILDREN OF 
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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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