Gently Used Laptops and Desktops Needed for Projects in Guatemala & Tanzania

Dear friends, Do you have a laptop sitting unused in a closet somewhere? Is it a newer model (no older than 4 or 5 yrs) which can still run current Microsoft software?  If you are looking for a home for it, please read on! Two projects which benefit children in Tanzania and Guatemala can put that unused and unloved computer to work. Please note we can only accept computers in working order. We do not have the resources to fix them.

Amani Children’s Home in Tanzania

Amani is a grassroots organization at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro which helps house, feed and educate 300 orphans and homeless children, founded 10 years old by some locals to address the problem of young street children, often orphaned by AIDS. Of the 300 children supported, Amani’s social workers have reunited 200 with extended family (Amani often provides modest financial support for food, clothes or school fees to make this possible) – another 100 have been unable to be reunited and are housed at Amani’s facility. The home has a modest computer lab and your gently used laptop would be a great addition; laptops are also needed for 40 promising kids for whom Amani is paying tuition and board at private high schools (the public system has a teacher student ratio of 80 to 1.)   Dan Richards, an instructor in the Rotman MBA program, has worked with the project for a number of years. In March, a school group from Toronto will be visiting Tanzania and would be glad to carry your laptop to Amani.

El Triunfo Education Project

The project is providing a middle school and high school education for indigenous children in the community of El Triunfo, Guatemala. This year approximately 80 children are enrolled in the school in grades seven to twelve. Your laptop would go to the home of a student enabling them to practice and develop their typing and computer skill and also to the teachers of the school who do not have the resources to purchase their own. Desktops are also needed on an ongoing basis for the school’s computer lab.

Let me know if you can help either one of the projects. Ken

Fair Trade Fest in Hamilton

Hey friends in Hamilton and area, I’ll be selling at the Fair Trade Fest on November 5 at McMaster University for Asociacion Maya. Details are below.

Fair Trade Fest

September Update – Good news for the grade 12 class!

September 14, 2014

Dear friends, while students in Canada have just returned to school, the school year in Guatemala is coming to the end of the year. On October 25, I’ll be in Guatemala for the graduation of the 2nd grade 12 school at the school we’re supporting in the community of El Triunfo. It should be a great day and it will be wonderful to be with the students, their parents, and the staff of the school.

Grade 12 Class

I also received some great news about the grade 12 class. Earlier in the year I told you about their main project for the year which had an agricultural focus. The project recently wrapped up and our students were selected as having the best project in the entire department of Solola! Congratulations to the students as well as the teachers!

Last month in Toronto, many of you attended or supported the Third Annual Guatemalan Mid-Season Bash. I’m pleased to report that it was a great success raising just over $4,000 (the amount needed to pay the teachers for a month). Special thanks go out to Michele and Margaret for their organizational skills as well as Jennifer for her help. In addition, I’d like to thank everyone who attended or contributed items for the silent auction. And for those of you who couldn’t attend but told us you would contribute, it’s still not too late!

Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated by the students, teachers and parents in El Triunfo. Your tax deductible donations to the school can be directed to Pueblito Canada.

You can donate online at

http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=25964

(Click on “Donate Now.” Then under “Fund/Designation,” select “El Triunfo School Project.”  Or you can also send a cheque payable to Pueblito Canada to:

Pueblito Canada
@ The Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
ATTN: El Triunfo School Project

For more information on Pueblito and the other projects they support in Central America, please visit www.pueblito.org.

Ken

Update for August and an Invitation!

August 13, 2014

Dear friends, Last month I visited the community of El Triunfo for the anniversary of the establishment of the middle school and high school we’re supporting.

The election of the senoritas for the middle school and high school.

The election of the senoritas for the middle school and high school.

This annual event is always a wonderful opportunity for me to visit and spend time with the many students, teachers and families I’ve gotten to know over the years. It’s also a chance for the students to impress me and entertain the community with their creativity and energy in a number of musical and dance performances as well as skits.

A highlight of the anniversary are the many performance of dance, music and comedy by the students.

A highlight of the anniversary are the many performance of dance, music and comedy by the students.

This month the school is immersed in activities for the annual fair in Sololá which is taking place this week in honour of the town’s patron saint, La Virgen de la Asunción. But work also continues on finishing the school’s computer lab before the end of the school year in October.

With friends

With friends.

You can see more pictures from the anniversary here.

Another highlight is a soccer tournament against neighbouring schools. We won both the boys and girls competitions!

Another highlight is a soccer tournament against neighbouring schools. We won both the boys and girls competitions!

Your support of the school is greatly appreciated by the students, teachers and parents in El Triunfo. There’s a chance this month for you to have some fun and to make a contribution.

You are invited to attend the Third Annual Guatemalan Mid-Season Bash!  It started in winter migrated to spring and has now landed in summer.  Most importantly it remains a significant fundraiser for the school. Here are the details.

When: Thursday August 21
Doors and Silent Auction Open at 6:00pm, Finger foods starting at 6:30pm, Silent Auction closes at 9:00 pm, socializing until the wee hours.
Tickets: suggested minimum donation of $30 per person or donation of your choice (children under 10 are free)
Where: Lolita’s Lust & The Chinchilla Lounge, 513 Danforth Ave., Toronto (South side of Danforth, between Chester and Pape Subway stations) Dinner is also available a la carte or a special prix fixe. 

Please let me know if you can attend or donate something for the silent auction. Tickets to sporting events would be especially appreciated. If you can’t attend but still would like to make a donation, follow the instructions below.

Your tax deductible donations to the school can be directed to Pueblito Canada.

You can donate online at http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=25964 (Click on “Donate Now.” Then under “Fund/Designation,” select “El Triunfo School Project.” (THIS IS IMPORTANT.) Or you can also send a cheque payable to Pueblito Canada to:

Pueblito Canada
@ The Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Avenue
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
ATTN: El Triunfo School Project

 For more information on Pueblito and the other projects they support in Central America, please visit www.pueblito.org.

Hope to see you at the bash!

Ken

 

You’re Invited! Third Annual Guatemalan Mid-Season Bash

You are invited to attend the Third Annual Guatemalan Mid-Season Bash!  It started in winter migrated to spring and has now landed in summer.  Most importantly it remains:

A fundraiser for the El Triunfo Project in Guatemala

Our grade 12 class  this year.

Why:  Because every child has the right to an education.
Tickets:  suggested donation of $30 per person or donation of your choice (children under  10 are free)
When:  Thursday August 21, 2014
Doors and Silent Auction Open at 6:00pm, Finger foods starting at 6:30pm, Silent Auction Closes at 9:00 pm, Socializing until the wee hours.
WhereLolita’s Lust & The Chinchilla Lounge 513 Danforth Ave., Toronto  (South side of Danforth, between Chester and Pape Subway stations)
http://www.dine.to/profile_features.php?feature=profile_map&id=3185
Dinner is also available a la carte or a special prix fixe.

Please consider attending this fundraiser. Bring a friend and don’t forget to tell me you’re coming.

If you would like to donate something for the silent auction, let me know!

Ken’s Fourth Annual Driveway Sale for Guatemala

Join me for this annual sale featuring Guatemalan weaving from Asociación Maya de Desarrollo, Solola, Guatemala; Fair trade coffee from the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), Guatemala; and jewelry from Casa Milagro, Guatemala.

Featuring weaving demonstrations by Maria Xoch Ajacalon from Asociación Maya

Maria Xoch Ajcalon

Saturday, June 21
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
772 Coxwell Avenue (north of Danforth Avenue and Coxwell subway station)
Toronto

For more information: Ken McGuffin, mcguffin@rotman.utoronto.ca / 416-946-3818

Proceeds from the weaving and coffee sales will be directed to the El Triunfo Education Project which provides an affordable education for the sons and daughters of weavers from Asociacion Maya through the establishment of a middle school and a high school in the village of El Triunfo, Guatemala. For more information or how to make a tax deductible donation to the project, please visit http://guatemalaschool.wordpress.com

Save the date – a fundraiser for education in Guatemala!

It started as a winter bash, continued as a spring bash, now save the date for a summer bash in support of children’s education in Guatemala. On Thursday, August 21 beginning from 6 pm, join us at Lolita’s Lust on the Danforth for a great party with friends, drinks, appetizers and a silent auction.  Tickets on sale soon!

All proceeds to the El Triunfo School project which is providing a middle school and high school education to Mayan youth in the community of El Triunfo in the highlands of Guatemala.  Can’t make it? Read the next post for information on how to donate today.