We're late, but we managed.
The 2009 Guatadopt Calendar is available for pre-ordering with your DONATION (The donation amounts are in line with calendar prices). Because of surgeries and moves, our schedule is a little later and shipments will not happen until December. Please keep this in mind because we cannot guarantee that they will arrive in time for Christmas.
This year, the proceeds will go to The Do Good Charitable Foundation and that money will go to our orphan relief fund. We are only offering these calendars for a limited time so don't delay.
Please contact us if you have a need for calendars in bulk. We are happy to discuss local fundraisers ANYTIME for the kids in Guatemala!!!!!
Posted on behalf of FTGA:
As you might know, Cincinnati Friends Through Guatemalan Adoption presents families with monthly giving back opportunities. April's Giving Back Project will be an early Mother's Day focus for the women of San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala suporting Open Windows Foundation - www.openwindowsfoundation.org. We thought this might be of interest to families with a direct link to moms in Guatemala.
Open Windows Foundation is located in San Miguel Duenas and serves several hundred families in the small agricultural town where the monthly family income is about $80. Open Windows provides tutoring, after school activities, and a lending library, and computer classes to children and adults alike. As we prepare to celebrate Mother's Day, let's also reach out to a mother in San Duenas working so hard to change their children's lives. For every $25 donation we collect, a mom in San Miguel Duenas will receive a basket of groceries for Mother's Day. That is equal to almost 1/3 of their monthly family income! Simply decide how many moms you want to honor and then send a check for that many moms times $25. No amount is too small or too large. Open Windows will take care of the rest and send us photos to share after the distribution of goods. Please contact Sonya at email@example.com for details on where to send your check made out to Open Windows.
FTGA Cincinnati is at it again doing great things! So click on more to read all about National Make a Difference Day!
reminder: Sunday is the last day to take part in this cool event!
Posted on Behalf of FTGA:
The Cincinnati Friends Through Guatemalan Adoption (FTGA) group is participating in National Make A Difference Day for the fourth year in a row. The last 3 years we have done work projects that have either benefited the Cincinnati-area Latino population or the people of Guatemala. This year we are asking FTGA members and others touched by Guatemalan adoption to shop at a local Guatemalan business or at an online business that sells Fair Trade Guatemalan items during the week of October 22nd. What a great opportunity to make a difference while shopping! We have compiled a list of businesses from across the U.S. and online to choose from. To see the list go to www.ftga.net and click on "Special Events." You'll see a summary of this year's Make A Difference Day project - in the first paragraph there is orange underlined text that reads "Click here" to see the list of businesses. After you've shopped, we are asking that everyone submit how much they spent - the link to the form is in the second paragraph of the description.
We will post a reminder the week of October 22nd but for now please check out the many great shopping opportunities if you are interested!
Michelle for the FTGA Planning Committee
I recently had an offer to sell the site which most of you would know I would decline (OK...if it was really big amount, I would probably sell it and start an orphange program ;-). Through the discussion, I realized that there was a misconception that Guatadopt.com was created to be a profit venture. I was amused since to date, we have never cleared more money than we have spent on the site (monthly). That hasn't been the point! But from time to time, we like to post a reminder :-)
If you are new to the site....I encourage you to read a couple of things about the site:
About Us - which is the concept of the site
AboutYour Hosts- which is available on most of our pages and tells you a little about the authors
Most of the services we provide are free but the site expenses are not. In fact, we spend quite a bit of time answering questions, maintaining the site and helping who we can. For that reason, we RECENTLY opened up to the idea of donations. Donations are used exclusively to expand the site, pay maintenance and to develop more services. If you would like to contribute, please either email us for information or see our DONATION page. We appreciate donations from parents, agencies, organizations, etc...)
All of us who have been blessed through intercountry adoption have so much to give thanks for this day. We all know that somehow our children were destined to join our families and can't imagine a life without them.
For my family Thanksgiving takes on a second extra special meaning as it is the anniversary of the day we found out we were out of PGN! We will never forget the drive to our friends' home for dinner that day, bursting with the exuberance of a stressful process near completion. (And for those of you about to get out of PGN, we did bring our daughter home before Christmas!)
Beyond thanks for our children we have so much more to be thankful about. For the fact remains that if we had the means to be able to adopt internationally, then we are the fortunate ones who do not have to endure the pains of extreme poverty on a daily basis. Maslow's hierarchy of needs does hold much truth to it, and no matter what struggles we go through, there is something to be said for knowing that you will have a roof over your head, food on your table, and shoes on your feet. This is not to say that those living in poverty are miserable or unable to do things like raise a family. But it is to say that we in the wealthy world don't always appreciate the things we have. Those without material comforts better learn to appreciate what they do have, like family. And they certainly appreciate any help they receive with the things we consider a given, like food and shelter.
So on this day of thanks, let?s always try to remember not only to be thankful for what we have, but also to our obligation to give to those less fortunate. We all, myself included, have the ability to do more to help those in need - especially those who live without family or material comforts. Project Happiness is one such way to do so. Donating directly to Hands of Hope or countless other direct aid groups is another. It is one thing to be thankful for what we have, but it is a far better thing to give others reason to give thanks.
The following is a press release from Friends Through Guatemalan Adoption. It’s a great idea they have and hopefully other local groups will do the same! For more inforamtion on this project, you can e-mail Sonya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adoptive Families Give Back to Their Children’s Birth Country on Make A Difference Day
Families from around the Cincinnati area connected through adoption from Guatemala will come together to give back to their children’s birth country on National Make A Difference Day on October 23rd. The group – Friends Through Guatemalan Adoption - will package dental kits for distribution in rural areas of Guatemala where medical and dental health care is scarce at best. The group is also planning to make fleece tie blankets to be distributed to families living in the Highlands of Guatemala where the nights can be very cold. Two mothers in the group plan to travel to Guatemala in November to distribute the items. The dental kits and fleece blankets will be put together at Church of the Savior United Methodist Church, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, in Montgomery from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on October 23rd.
The over 30 families involved in Friends Through Guatemalan Adoption are dedicated to “giving back” to the birth country of their children. In addition to their participation in Make A Difference Day, they also collect donations and supplies at their monthly meetings to benefit various organizations in Guatemala – they have raised over $2900 so far this year. Three of the fathers in the group traveled to Guatemala to distribute textbooks and school supplies which had been donated by Cooperative for Education, a Cincinnati-based non-profit organization. And 15 or so members are planning a mission trip to Guatemala for July 2005 where they will work in a medical clinic and an orphanage for a week and take down donated supplies.