Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Friends and family,
Yesterday, was the first day of work for the Clinica Maxeña, in 2011. As always it is an all day meeting as we come together to share our plans, goals and hopes for the New Year. We have two new workers, replacing others who have left. Manuel and Josefa were welcomed into our family and together with all received two new shirts with the Clinic emblem, an agenda, and a silk like recyclabe bag that rolls up to carry. We hope to market our new bags to help the environment.
Our themes for 2011 have not changed; Diabetes, Nutrition, Aids, Women´s Health,the Environment, and our new project, Sustainable Agriculture. The minimal salary was just increased from 56 quetzales to 63.70 quetzales a day! That is approximatel 8 dollars a DAY! Most of our 29 workers earn minimal salary. We are optimistic that our new project, sustainable agriculture, will serve also as a teaching opportunity. If our workers succeed in producing plump organic chickens and small gardens, for consumption for their families, they can teach their neighbors. The poverty here is unimaginable for folks who have not visited us. Hunger is becoming more prevalent. Our Onil stove project has been a blessing; the reality though for many homes is their cupboards are bare. There is no food to cook on an ONIL STOVE!
We continue to GIVE THANKS for those who share their bounty with us. We dare to continue to ask. Please send your online donation to: www.diocesehelena.org
REMEMBER TO MENTION IT IS FOR THE CLINICA MAXEÑA!
THANK YOU AGAIN!! AND BLESSINGS FOR THE YEAR 2011!
Sheila and all of the Clinica Maxeña.
I attatch our NEW Photo of our team in front of the CLINICA MAXEÑA on January 3, 2011 and also a photo of a very poor family with no food in the cupboards, for their children! Also a photo of their family home.
Posted by Sheila at 6:07 PM