Muchísimas gracias for the generous support of all those who helped bring to reality the new computer classroom in our middle school INEB Barra de Lámpara, improving the lives of and opening opportunities for more than 120 adolescent girls and boys and their families from 10 rural communities!
For your generous donation of funds for the computers, the generator, and improvement of the building, thank you Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation of Rochester, NY (the primary funder), Michele Richey, and the municipality of Livingston.
For donation of funds to pay the computer teacher, thank you Luis Xol and Barbara Jenks.
To the local businesses in Guatemala who donated services, we give special recognition for their help in improving the lives of children and families here on the Rio Dulce. Thanks to Tom Gensemer at Cayo Quemado Sails & Rigging – for coordinating the shipment and safe delivery of the computers to the school; Karen de Lopez and RAM Marina for the safe storage of the computers until we had a good weather window to get them downriver, and Jose Guzman of Transcargo Shipping for the safe shipment and the super discount on the shipping charges to get the computers from Miami to Rio Dulce, and Jody Aston of Rio Dulce Chisme Vindicator.
Thanks also to Worldwide Computer Exchange for their vision in refurbishing computers and making them available at greatly reduced costs for the education of those living in poverty around the world; and to our two US volunteers who came to help setup the computers and ensure they worked properly: Ian & Albert Pierz, sons of one of my good friend Leslie Paulson; and to Sonia Lemus for coordinating their visit.
Also a huge thanks to the implementation team: director of the school Julio Escobar, Nancy Ramirez and Sonia Lemus of ASOEMPO, and our new computer teacher Brandon Guzman!
With love and hope for the children of the 10 communities who attend our middle school: Barra de Lámpara, La Angosutra, El Cedro, Plan Grande Tátin, Tox Bijal, Creek Maya, Lampara Arriba, Lagunitas Salvador, Creek Jute, y La Pintada!!!
Words from the school director: Es un centro de computación bastante completo con máquinas en buen estado. Que muchos jóvenes y padres de familia están muy agradecidos Dios bendiga a los donantes y tu persona Annie. Julio pan Escobar. Director.