This is Alba – her favorite color is green, she likes to play with dolls, and her favorite Bible Story is Daniel & the Lion’s Den. In many ways, she’s like any other 6-year-old.
But Alba hasn’t had it easy. Abandoned by her mother, she lives with her grandparents. Their home has a dirt floor and an outhouse, and they cook over firewood. Alba didn’t go to school last year because the money simply wasn’t there. As a descendant of the Qeqchi tribe, Alba could have easily become another statistic of poverty-stricken, indigenous girls who don’t get a chance at an education.
You’re building a brighter future for kids like Alba! This year, Alba graduated from grade 1. Her favorite subject is math, she’s made some friends, she likes singing in school – and when she grows up, she wants to be a teacher!
Our build a brighter future campaign for school construction and educational programs makes it possible for kids like Alba to go to school!
(And, until the end of the year, your donation will be matched, thanks to $75,000 of matching funds!)
Still looking for a few last minute gifts? Our Christmas Gift Catalog features seven gifts that you can give to make an Impact – with no wait times, no missed deliveries, and no trip to the mall needed
Today, we’re going to look more closely at the impact you can make through a gift of health. It’s an ideal gift for any nurses or doctors on your Christmas list – or, for that matter – for anyone with a heart for those who are hurting.
Whether it’s the treatment of injuries and common illnesses, training in healthy living, or opportunities to pray to the Great Physician, the gift of health impacts both body & soul.
Our clinic reaches out to our students and their families, our staff members, families from our churches, as well as other Q’eqchi and Poqomchi people in the surrounding villages who otherwise would not be able to afford much-needed medical care.
What can your gift of health provide in Guatemala? You’ve seen a couple examples in our gift catalog, but here are some more:
Do you have a computer in your home? in your workplace? in your classroom?
Needless to say, most of our Vida students don’t go home to houses filled with technology – yet, like everywhere, more and more jobs in Guatemala require digital proficiency.
“Many of the children who study in our schools have not had contact with a computer, let alone have a computer at home,” says Impact Ministries Guatemala IT Director, Norman.
Vida Chijacorral has been incorporating computers into the high school English program – teaching two marketable skills, the English Language and Computer Literacy.
“The project has been very good,” says Norman, “students are very interested in their English class, and of course, have a more extensive contact with technology. I feel excited to give that group that opportunity!”
More recently, a donation of computers has allowed Vida Chijacorral to introduce the technology to their upper elementary students. “It was a special moment to be able to see the children each with a laptop in their hands,” Norman tells us “and, since then, the interest to learn.”
Impact Ministries is hoping to expand the computer program at Vida schools. Check out our Christmas Gift Catalog to see how you can help span the digital divide – $250 can put a computer into a Vida classroom!
The complications of bringing computers across borders – and the need to have some consistency when teaching – prevents us from accepting most computer donations, although if you are a business with a bulk donation of laptops, we invite you to contact us.
What does it mean to build a brighter future for children in Guatemala? Let me tell you about 15-year-old Zoila, who wants “to help needy children, providing love, and to fulfill the purpose that God has for my life.”
Zoila now has goals for her future – to graduate from high school, to get into college to get a career, to help her parents, to help in the ministry of her church, and to follow God always.
Zoila has transformed from a child who had to repeat grade 2 because she didn’t complete her homework, into a teenager with an admirable attitude and good performance in her studies.
“Academically, she is an outstanding student” says her teacher, “and she seems to take pretty good advantage of everything they are giving her.”
Like many of our students, Zoila comes from a low-income family. Her father earns low wages at the quarry, and her mother works odd jobs such as buying vegetables to resell at the market, and taking in washing. But they are doing the best that they can by their four daughters, all of whom have graduated from elementary school and have been studying in the high school program at Vida Chijacorral.
In a country where girls often have to drop out to help their impoverished families, having Vida schools and educational programs allows girls like Zoila to stay in school, and to see a future for themselves.
Until the end of the year, donations to our Build a Brighter Future Campaign will be matched dollar for dollar! Will you help build a brighter future for students like Zoila?
Today, we’ve been raising #GivingTuesday funds for meals for our Vida students – and we’d like to share a taste of Guatemala with you. If you watched the #NoHungryKids Video this morning, you would have seen our kids enjoying platefuls of “Tactic Tacos”
The recipe for “Tactic Tacos” is a favorite in our schools and we’ve shared it below – scaled down to family size
Impact Ministries schools start each day with a meal – because kids with full tummies simply learn better, and because some of our students don’t get regular meals at home. Can you believe we can feed our kids for an average of 40¢ a meal?
Today, for #GivingTuesday, we’re running our #NoHungryKids campaign. How many meals will you provide?
4 cloves of garlic
4 stalks of celery
1 chili pepper
1 large onion
4 large carrots
1 lb ground beef
salt & pepper
1/2 c – 1 c beef stock (or 1-2 tsp of beef bullion dissolved in water)
thyme & a couple of bay leaves
Mince the garlic and finely chop up the celery, chili pepper and onion. Finely grate the carrots, melding together the carrot juice with the grated carrots.
Put a couple of teaspoons of vegetable oil in a pan. Once it heats up, start by adding the minced garlic.
Shortly after, add the chopped celery, chili pepper and onion.
When the veggies are cooked, add the ground beef. Season it with salt and pepper and cook until browned.
After this, stir in your grated carrots, and add your beef stock, thyme and bay leaves. Cover this and leave it to simmer until the carrots are tender. (Note that the liquid should be cooked off prior to serving)
Serve on top of tacos and garnish with a granulated dry cheese like Parmesan cheese.
Don’t forget to donate to our #NoHungryKids campaign, so that we can continue serving nutritious meals like this to our students! And hey – if you try out our Tactic Tacos, be sure to share a photo and hashtag it #NoHungryKids!
You’re scouting the sales for #BlackFriday and strategizing for #CyberMonday . . . but have you planned for #GivingTuesday?
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back – a chance to join with others around the world to make an impact and to kick off your Christmas giving season.
Save the Date, because this year on Tuesday, November 28th, Impact Ministries has a #NoHungryKids goal of providing 40,000 meals for Vida students – and we need your help to reach it!
In Guatemala, many families struggle to put food on the table. The meal our children get at school might be the only one they get all day.
It only takes 40¢ to provide a meal to a Vida student. And on #GivingTuesday, your donation will be DOUBLED. That means $10 provides 50 meals! Will you give hope to children in Guatemala in the form of hot, nutritious meals? How many meals will you give?
(Watch our facebook and instagram for updates on #NoHungryKids)
It’s 60 days until Christmas . . . are you making a list and checking it twice?
If you’re looking for something a bit different than chocolates and bath soaps – if you’re looking for gifts that make an impact – Impact Ministries has got you covered!
Impact Ministries has just launched our Christmas Catalog with gifts that will continue giving long after the wrapping paper is recycled.
Perhaps a teacher you know would love the gift of learning resources – $35 can buy a textbook to provide quality education for a Vida student.
Perhaps your neighbour with the beautiful garden would appreciate a gift that grows – $25 can buy local seeds that grow into a harvest that keeps Vida students strong and healthy.
Perhaps your techie nephew would love the gift of technology – $250 can buy a computer in Guatemala, helping our students span the digital divide.
Check out all 7 of our gifts at www.impactminusa.org/christmas-catalog.html and make an impact this Christmas!
And . . . when you select your gift at www.impactminusa.org/christmas-gifts, you’ll be provided with a downloadable gift card featuring our cute Vida angels! Just print & deliver (or print & send).
The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.
Do you have a garden? What are you harvesting right now?
Our greenhouse and fields in Tactic are producing an abundant harvest! And, unlike in the USA, with irrigation we can grow crops pretty well year round.
Doesn’t that sound like an amazing harvest!?! Much of it gets trucked to our school kitchens, providing wonderfully nutritious meals for our students. We know students learn better with full tummies! The rest is sold on the domestic market to help sustain our ministry activities. And in the process, we get to see the next generation of men and women trained in sound agricultural practices and nutrition.
Want to get in on the action? Grow your giving by helping us purchase seeds & seedlings and pay the workers who help them grow into an abundant harvest!
Schools and classrooms are top of mind in the US in September, as students of all ages head back to school. It’s also a great time to think about supporting a class! Why? Well, not only will you be building into the lives of a class of Vida students from now through their graduation . . . but you’ll also be able to support their teachers in a very specific way.
For a limited time, we have a generous donor who has offered to provide healthcare benefits to our teachers alongside your support a class enrollment. When you sign up to support a new class at only $50/month, an additional $250 will donated towards our staff healthcare fund!
In a society where healthcare is expensive for most and nonexistent for some, we are privileged to be able to provide health care benefits for our Vida teachers. Join us in making sure our teachers have access to the health benefits that they need.
Pick your class today to support Vida kids AND their teachers!
Last week, we introduced you to Isaias, our longest-running clinic staff member, and today, we are excited to introduce you to our newest staff member, Linda.
Linda was born in Coban, and has lived her whole life in Purulha with her family. She finished elementary school in Purulha, went to middle school in Tactic, completed high school in Coban, and then studied nursing there, just graduating in 2015. She has been working with us since February 2017 and this is her very first nursing job out of university!
Linda grew up in a Christian home and has attended church all her life. During a period of time when her family stopped going to church, she started attending the Rio de Vida church in Purulha on her own. It was during this time that her faith became her own. She joined a cell group and gradually her family started attending the services at Rio de Vida as well. She now serves as an usher, teaches Sunday School, serves on the audiovisual team, and helps her family host a cell group in their home.
The fifth of nine children, Linda comes from a large family. She also has four nieces and four nephews. In her free time, she spends time with her extensive family.
Linda is currently working through a master’s degree in Nursing, and hopes to specialize in infant/maternal health. She dreams of running her own pharmacy as well one day.
When asked what draws her to work in our clinic, Linda says:
“It is an environment where we always are reminded that the Lord comes first. It is easy to forget about God, but every morning we give thanks to Him for the opportunity to be here.”
Come alongside Linda & the rest of the medical clinic staff as they serve in the Chijacorral Medical Clinic
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