Our Stories

Esperanza’s mission is growing. Primarily we continue to work on getting pure water to the people of Nimasac. This is such a fundamentally important issue but it is complicated. In the midst of our research we’ve discovered a simple device, made right here in North Carolina, which can help a household purify their water. So as we work large-scale on well systems and more, we’re creating a campaign for Giving Tuesday, December 3, to put these water purification bags into the hands of as many of the scholarship students’ families as we can. Meanwhile, we continue to develop the fledgling women’s sewing project, as well as school support.

***We’re making some headway on the water project. We’ve presented the need to some local groups who are interested in funding well-drilling, followed by the installation of a water purification system. Stay-tuned!

***We are currently contacting non-profits who work to improve literacy in Guatemala. One struggle is that many groups do not work in the state of Totonicopan. We are actively continuing the search. We welcome suggestions! Please contact us with leads, with thanks.

***Happy Holidays from Esperanza! Thank you so much for helping improve the school in Nimasac.  Through Giving Tuesday, the Alternative Gift Market hosted by Cary Presbyterian Church, sales of the beautiful photos capturing life in Nimasac by photographer John Hansen, and other donations, we raised a significant portion of our goal of the Outfit a Classroom campaign. This is a season of giving, and we so appreciate your donations.

***Giving Tuesday is HERE! Tuesday, November 27!  It’s happening now. Together, let’s  ‘Outfit a Classroom.’ Keep up with us on Twitter: @esperanzadegua1.  We want to provide classroom supplies, including paper (very expensive in Guatemala), glue, markers, and especially new whiteboards for 15 classrooms. Whiteboards cost $125 while paper amounts vary from $20 to double that.  All gifts are appreciated and will make a big difference.  The teachers and students in Nimasac will so appreciate your gift. Thank you!

***Visit THIS page to see the little movie about this work. You’ll be inspired!

***Those of us who are passionate about helping in Guatemala, who live in Cary, NC, and who have wanted to find a way to reach out to the greater local and world community to share the good news, are happy to do so through this website!  We’re amateurs at this website thing so bear with us, but most of all, take to heart the good work that is already being done, and please connect with us to do more.

Come back, and thanks for visiting.

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