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JOHN BOOTY MINISTRIES' Fundraiser:

Critical Need for Electrical Batteries for School in El Quiche', Guatemala

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THE STORY:

Johnny Booty Ministries recently launched "Every 8 Seconds" www.every8seconds.org ... a charitable initiative providing clean and safe drinking water to those in need throughout the world. According to the World Health Organization, a child in a developing nation dies every eight seconds from illness related to contaminated drinking water.

In September of 2013, our charity embarked on a successful mission to install a water purification system at a school and village in the Central Highlands called San Antonio de Nueva Esperanza (Saint Anthony of New Hope). Phase One was successful and we must now immediately provide modern electrical batteries to complete Phase II of the project.

We are in critical need as the remote school and surrounding village is deep in the mountains of the Central Highlands and do not have any source of electrical power other than failing batteries.

The Quiche' people are descendants of the once great Mayan civilization that dominated Central America and Mexico during their long rule. The "Maya" as they are called are indigenous people and suffered greatly during the recent Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996) experiencing genocide, chaos, and great loss of life and family.

The Quiche' people are very spiritual people with ancient traditions. They are noted for mixing Christian with Mayan practices. Although many would call them Christian, they still follow the ancient Mayan beliefs ancestral pagan traditions worshiping on mountain tops and along rivers. They are happy, peaceful people who take great pride in their culture.

As a result of peace accords signed in 1996, the Maya were relocated to their ancestral land of El Quiche, given a small amount of land, seeds, and some livestock and were essentially left on their own.

Without much government assistance, many organizations such as our own have come to aid of the people of El Quiche' attempting to fill the gap. Most are tremendously successful and these friendly and gracious people have shown great appreciation for the assistance.

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