December 24, 2017
Happy holidays everyone!
It’s been quite the year for the middle school we are supporting in the community of El Triunfo, Guatemala. We started the school year in January with around 60 students enrolled in grades 7, 8 and 9 and had around 60 students finish the school year in October with 21 students graduating from grade 9 in November.
On a recent trip to Guatemala, I visited the school mostly for the reason to get caught up on the paper work. Every dollar we send to the school to pay the teachers must be accounted for and it was time to get the receipts for each month’s pay since I had last visited the school. During the course of my visit to the school with the community members I work with, there was a surprise for me that Gregorio, the school director, and the teachers were planning to reveal to me in 2018. Earlier this year they had applied to a foundation for a donation of computers and their request was successful! I was shown ten new computers, which had recently arrived, and are waiting to be set up for the start of the school year in January. Next month when I will be at the school for the first day of the school year, I’ll get more information from Gregorio on how the computers were obtained. But I ‘m thrilled that they now have the computers and will, more or less, have a fully functional lab, with computers for all of the students in each class.
I want to thank all of you for your support of the school in 2017. Many of you have been extremely generous in both your moral and financial support of the project. I’d like to remind you that it’s not too late to make a donation to the school this year so we’ll have the funds to pay the teachers as they return to the classroom next month.
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
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season for you and your family! See you in 2018.