Last year was special for us. Not only in terms of the challenges we faced while developing SempreArte, but also, and perhaps above all, because we had the opportunity to meet a lot of extraordinary people. We made friends. We were learning. And we supported each other. At that time, we had the pleasure of working with the Nuevo Amanecer organization, which works for poor families in San Andres Itzapa - a village near Antigua.
We couldn't imagine that our cooperation would end when we moved out of Guatemala. The Nuevo Amanecer organization is too important on the map of charity in Guatemala. Their strength lies in the sincere willingness to share what they have, and believe me, they don't have much themselves. That's why we've decided to donate 1% of our SempreArte income to Nuevo Amanecer every month. Thanks to this, you, when buying our products, become part of this great initiative.
Still not convinced? Read how it all started.
Currently, the organization consists of the Cujcuy family, i.e. Mr. Manuel and his wife Mrs. Felipe, daughters Vicky, Gloria, Oidi, Karina and many other people who, like us, are friends of the family.
Nuevo Amanecer Objectives:
- Provide educational, technical, humanitarian and cultural assistance to rural and marginal urban communities to meet their needs and improve quality of life
- Promoting women's participation in the community
- Implementing projects for children, especially in rural and marginal urban areas
- Promoting and implementing environmental protection measures
- Promotion and protection of human rights
In order to achieve all these goals, individual small projects and various activities for children and their parents are organised. Every day after school, children come to Mr. Manuel's house and with the help of Vicky and Gloria and volunteers, they do homework, play games, expand their knowledge and skills, eg cook, sew, embroider, they can also participate in carpentry classes. The latest project is very interesting - the children got a piece of land that had not been cultivated for years, which they managed to lease, and they are learning how to re-adapt it for growing vegetables. Parents also have the opportunity to take advantage of vegetable growing and animal husbandry classes to become independent at some point. Some time ago, the subsidy was used to purchase hens and distribute them to the poorest families, while teaching them how to develop breeding.
From time to time, children are taken on sightseeing trips and to the museums and theater in Antigua, which allows them to develop comprehensively culturally. Children also perform once a month at the Rainbow Cafe in Antigua, presenting traditional Mayan dances, which aims to promote Mayan culture and traditions among residents and tourists.
Among these goals and projects, the greatest thing the organization does is teach children how to be a good, honest person, how to respect and love others, how to say "thank you" and "sorry". And this is probably the most important reason why we want to help them. Sure, if there were more families like the Cujcuy family in the world, it would be much better.
If you want to establish closer cooperation or offer even more help, feel free to contact us!
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