Hi Friends of Miracles! My name is Victoria, I am Miracle’s administrative assistant. I sell handicrafts at farmer’s markets and Penny’s presentations at women’s groups in Naples. It is one thing to tell customers how their purchases are helping women to feed their families, but it is very moving to hear this from the artisans themselves. We are truly making a sustainable difference, and by building women’s self esteem and respect in the family, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and reliance. Buying beaded handicrafts from Miracles in Action – it’s a hand up, not a hand out.
Olga (Left bead coordinator) Victoria (Right MIA Admin Assistant)
To purchase “Beyond Beads” visit us online at Store.MiraclesInAction.org! If you haven’t already please like our Beyond Beads page! Check out this video where you can see our popular Carmen Miranda Necklace being made!
These quilts were made with TLC by Pat Adams of Moorings Presbyterian Church. She has made 100s of them over the last 2 years. They are warm with thick padding inside and bright, cheerful colors of fabric on the outside. When Michael Ewens from The Ripple Effect told me that so many families have no blankets, or share one between a whole family… I had to make transporting Pat’s quilts to Guatemala a priority. The smile on this woman’s face is precious reward for our efforts. Thank you Pat, and all the other quilters and knitters who are warming the people living in the mountains with their time and giving
Michael Ewens handing out quilted blankets to the children
In Guatemala 40% of children do not make it through 1st grade. They start school at age 7 often times not speaking spanish (they speak an indigenous language of their mother) and do not have the preparation of kindergarden. After failing the first year most children drop out or fail again.
Photos Above: Blankets, hats, backpacks, and toys were distributed on a previous visit to our schools, who now have Magic Classrooms.
Retired American, Fred Zambroski saw this problem and took action by forming the non profit charity Let’s Be Ready. They hire unemployed teachers and provide them with early education training for 4-6 year olds, and established 25 preschool programs in rural villages. Since 2010 Miracles In Action has sponsored 5 LBR preschool programs, with some of the teachers being graduates of our scholarship program.
Classroom Facilitators in Training having fun using their radios and tablets.
In our remotest villages there are no teachers to hire for a LBR preschool. Seeing this problem, Fred developed the Magic Classroom program, where he hires 16-24 year olds and trains them to become preschool classroom facilitators. Pre-recorded music, lessons, and learning activities are played via a computer tablet, magically transforming the classroom into a fun filled place to learn and grow. In February 2015, Miracles In Action supported the first magic classroom programs in our schools located in the Cuchumatanes mountains of Huehuetenango at 9-10,000 feet elevation.
Cuchumatanes mountain range – easy to see why there are few teachers available for a LBR preschool. Magic Classroom works well here.
Thank you Fred Zambrowski, and Project Manager Michael Estill for developing this innovative solution to bringing education to the remotest, poverty-stricken villages in Guatemala.
(Left) Fred Zambroski Founder of Let’s Be Ready with Michael Estill (Right) Project Manager
Our super-supporter, Ben Morales, along with his teacher sponsored the Share a Book Project for his school. Together they raised $400 and 80 books were donated to the children in Guatemala. Ben will be delivering the books and also assisting with the construction of school #49 located in El Salitrillo, Guatemala. He was able to raise the funds for the construction through the School Starter Program. Great Job Ben!
Our super-supporter, Ben Morales, along with his teacher sponsored the Share a Book Project for his school. Together they raised $400 and 80 books were donated to the children in Guatemala.
Ben will be delivering the books and also assisting with the construction of school #49 located in El Salitrillo, Guatemala. He was able to raise the funds for the construction through the School Starter Program. Great Job Ben!