November 11, 2018
Dear friends, at the end of October I visited the school we are supporting in the community of El Triunfo in Guatemala for the last week of school. As you may remember the school year in Guatemala runs from January to October. I had hoped to attend the graduation ceremony for the grade nine class but the date kept moving around until it landed on November 7, which didn’t work for my schedule.
But I was able to work out a date to see the students one last time this year and also meet the new community leaders who I will be working with on the school for the next 2 years. This was important as it allowed me to have a good conversation to establish how I will send the funds to the school and the importance of providing proper receipts for those funds. The students and teachers also prepared a short program with music and dance, which is always enjoyable. You can see a few more photos from the day here.
While in the community I also had the chance to pay a visit to San Simon on his festival day.
Thanks to everyone who donated during the fundraising challenge earlier this fall. We successfully raised the matching funds of $5,000 and actually surpassed it. These donations help to pay the salaries of the school staff and teachers. On this last trip, I also asked Gregorio, the school director, to think about what other items and supplies, such as the projectors purchased earlier this year, which would benefit the students and teachers.
You can donate online through Casa Pueblito or mail in a cheque. (A cheque actually ensures that more of your money goes directly to the school!)
But here’s the link for online donations –
(If you are donating online please follow: under “Donate To This Charity Now”, please select option #2 “El Triunfo School Project.” You may also wish to indicate that your donation is for Ken’s School in the note.)
You can also mail a cheque payable to Casa Pueblito or drop one off with me.
107A 2238 Dundas St. W
Toronto, ON M6R 3A9
ATTN: El Triunfo School Project
Thanks for your continued support of the project.
PS – On December 10th, I’ll be holding my annual holiday sale at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Details to come soon!