Spread the Love Helps Casa Esperanza
Our school counserlor, Dr. Koba, visited a school in Guatemala last summer–Casa Esperanza–in an effort to extend her teaching to the teenagers & teachers of this school.
Here is some information on her & the school. Our school is doing a fundraiser to help raise playground equipment for the students, who don't have any playground equipment.
If you would like to help, please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Guatelama July, 2013
Zonia Sonriente Martínez and Rosalía Muñoz-Ledo Koba from Orange County, California were invited by the Peacebuilding en las Americas, part of Friends Peace Teams (International AVP) to facilitate workshops in Guatemala. From as early as 5:00 AM to as late as 9:00 PM, these two valiant crusaders enthusiastically, energetically, and happily traveled by foot, bus, shuttle, van, tuc tuc (three wheel motor cart) through rain storms, sunshine, and sprinkling rain, carrying each a heavy "mercado" shopping bag of AVP materials. They facilitated a total of nine workshops lasting between 1.5 to 20 hours each for several communities and three schools. A grand total of 109 participants gained the knowledge and the experience of the PAV/AVP exercises and interventions. The ages of the participants ranged from age 2 to 92. Fantastica Fatima, age 2, loved repeating everyone's adjective name during the family mini workshop. Tierna (Tender) Tonita, 92, joyfully states that her favorite exercises are Earthquake and Hurricane.
Sonriente and Radiante adopted a second adjective name together: "Flexible". Some planned workshops were cancelled, but new ones were immediately scheduled through new made contacts in Guatemala. There are no accidents. Everything was perfect. The Guatemalans and the Indigenous Mayans were very welcoming and very grateful. Instituto Casa Esperanza (school age 9-19) was an unforgettable memory. Working with the teenagers, who role played anti-bullying scenarios was touching as they used the 12 Transforming Power Guides and the Mandala to demonstrate peaceful solutions. The "Find Your Group" exercise
made a lasting impact on the 26 students who were united from previously participating in cliquish behaviors. The students hugged and shared tears of forgiveness, re-establishing a new bond and genuine friendships.
One hundred book markers were printed pro bono by Estuardo Abadia, Zonriente's brother. The ladies purchased 100 Mayan miniature dolls to attached to the book markers. "I Message" was cleverly printed in Spanish and English on the reverse side of the book marker to promote another fundamental communication tool. They were gifted to the guests of the Guatemala Presentation on August 10, 2013 at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church, Community Center in Orange County. The
Radiant told the students, " I take you all in my heart!" And Zonriente told them "I leave my heart with you!" They fell in love with all of them. They are extremely grateful to EVERY ONE in Guatemala and specifically to Luis Light Chamorra, Intelligent Isabel Blanca Galvez, Studious Elisabet Rosario Ordonez, Magnificent Magda and Leslie Baer, Founder of www.Xela Aide.org for all their assistance, guidance and most of all for receiving them with open arms and making their journey a great success!