With your help, we can provide students in rural Guatemala with basic hygiene materials, access to bathrooms and sanitation facilities, and school libraries equipped with all the books and resources they need to learn to read and write.
Here are a few examples of what your money can accomplish:
$10: Provides a one-month supply of hand soap for one school
$25: Buys 50 feet of water piping for a school septic system
$50: Buys a new bookshelf for library activities
$100: Buys hand soap for students at one school for an entire year
$150: Buys two new school toilets
$200: Buys a portable projector for library classes and activities
$250: Buys literacy based, educational games for 500 students
$300: Builds a complete toilet stall at a school
$350: Buys a computer for the school library
$500: Buys two large water storage tanks for a school
$600: Buys textbooks in all subjects for all students in first through sixth grade
$1,500: Builds a child-friendly hand-washing station for 300 children
We mean it: every dollar makes a difference.
And, as added incentive, here are our fundraising goals and what we'll do if we reach them (keep in mind, we are 20 staff members - international and local - and we work ALL over the community, most of us as teachers):
The day we reach $500: At all times at least one staff member wears thick, plastic glasses with an attached moustache (think Mr. Potato Head).
The day we reach $1000: All staff in and outside the office wear traditional, Guatemalan sombreros. And we're not talking fedoras.
The day we reach $1500: Every hour, on the hour, all staff in and outside the office drop and do ten pushups.
The day we reach $2000: All staff in and outside the office wear big, possibly zebra-like (saw those at a local store) masks.
The day we reach $3000: All international staff wears typical, embroidered Mayan clothes. All local staff switch it up, too (don't worry, we'll find some jorts and crop tops).
The day we reach $4000: Crossdressing. Everybody.
The day we reach $5000: We execute, film, and upload to the internet (for your viewing pleasure) our very own Pueblo a Pueblo harlem shake, featuring all staff and anybody else from the street lucky enough to join. For those of you who haven't heard of the harlem shake, or for anybody who just wants to see something funny, here's an example.
Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for your support!