Sunday, September 27th
Today I am drifting away from our normal travel related topics to shed some light on a difficult subject.
Most of my friends as well as our family have all been touched by autism, mental illness, blindness, hearing loss or deafness, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, MS, Cerebral Palsy, and/or a variety of other life limiting or challenging handicaps.
When the symptoms start or a diagnosis given, especially if it involves your child, grandchild or someone else dear to you, panic can set in, as well as a need to do everything possible to find a solution, get help, find a cure.
Even here in this country, where we have access to top-notch medical professionals, it can be a huge challenge to get answers and the help we need to ensure that those we love get proper care and that they have an opportunity to not only survive, but to thrive.
Can you imagine the hopeless feeling if you lived in a third world country with no help available?
Heart breaking for sure, but children with handicaps or mental challenges are often simply ignored, forgotten, hidden or locked away – not due to lack of love and caring, but because there are no options available for them!
We have written many times about our beloved Guatemala and why this country and her people are so precious to us. We strongly believe that education can be a step out of poverty and a means to self-reliance, self-esteem and a brighter future for generations to come.
Our family was involved in building a school in Chuaquenum through Miracles in Action, and have recently banded with other friends to help fund a new school almost completed in Moran through the Doppenbergs. We believe in these wonderful people and stand behind them and the great work they are doing.
Today a wonderful opportunity has been presented to us to help the children of Guatemala who are challenged with autism, are blind, deaf, in a wheelchair or have other special needs.
Rita Doppenberg, and her husband, Geoff, have already raised 1/3 of the needed funds ($46,000 total) to build a school for special needs children in Jutiapa. The local Director of Education has qualified teachers available if the building is provided.
Please take a moment and click here to read about the school being proposed to help those so in need.
I hope you will join us in supporting this rare opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those special children who deserve a chance.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that we have access to top-rated medical and education facilities in this country. I’m also grateful to my dear friends and followers who will take a moment to read this, contemplate how they can help, and will make a donation. Every amount helps and is appreciated. I also understand that there are some who are not in a position to give financially, so may I humbly ask that you share this post with others who may be able to help make this school a reality. THANK YOU!