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Alison Danielle

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I am a 24 year old above knee amputee who has a dire need to help others in need and to remind them to see the beauty in life no matter their conditions.

I am fundraising to send myself and 8 fellow friends of mine to a rural village, Cotzal, in Guatemala. We have raised $12,100 so far and need the following $2,300 to cover our travel cost for 10 days this June 9th-19th.

I will be serving along with the other 8 at the Colegio Horeb Primary School, grades 1-6, the only school in the village where the teachers are also community members who may had only completed middle school level education and now teach the students. Most families can barely afford to send their children to school, so anything that I am able to raise past my travel cost will be donated to the school to fund the children in the village.

The school is located in the Highlands of Guatemala in a town called Cotzal. This is in the region called the Ixil, which was decimated by the Civil War that ended in 1996. The population of this region is predominately from Mayan decent.

During the mornings, we will be working in the school teaching many subjects including English and putting on Sports Clinics for the children.

In the afternoons, we will be connecting with the families of the children. We will be offering nutrition workshops and cultural cooking exchange. There will also be opportunities to work with the teachers and share teaching techniques.

Overall, the trip will provide an opportunity to learn from many cultural experiences as well as share our love for education, health, nutrition and sports with the children of the community.

I will be blogging about our experience everyday for those who would like to follow along through the experience found at, mcweenya.blogspot.com
I have never left the country before and now as an amputee this will be the biggest challenge physically and mentally with my leg that I have ever put on myself. I would love to have your support throughout this experience!

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