Miracles

A Gift from the Heart

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      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  

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Michael Ewens handing out quilted blankets to the children

 

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Magic Classroom Bringing Education to Rural Villages

 

 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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(Left) Fred Zambroski Founder of Let’s Be Ready with Michael Estill (Right) Project Manager

If you would like more information please read this article on page 72  http://issuu.com/revue/docs/revue_magazine_may_2015?e=0/12696993

 

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Ben’s Share A Book Project

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!

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10 Years of Miracles!

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!

 

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Limitless Laptops

10661876_1016522875025800_2146344040528504029_oGreat results from our donation of laptops from LabAnswer to Limitless Horizons computer lab in Chajul. Just check out the smiles on the faces of these young women!

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See the Difference These Youth are Making

While some people may think that youth today are not as focused, responsible, polite, fill-in-your-own-descriptor as previous generations, we have found just the opposite! It is encouraging to be contacted by young people who are working hard to make the world a better place through their actions. Young miracles in action! Here we highlight just a few recent examples.

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Ben Morales, age 15, has a younger sister, Bella, born in Guatemala and adopted by the Morales family. Ben and his family have been supporters of Miracles in Action for many years, and he decided to take on the ambitious challenge of raising $20,000 to build a school, in honor of his sister. Now, that is an ambitious goal! His campaign is structured like a KickStarter campaign, for those who have heard of that. Since KickStarter does not allow charity projects, he has a SchoolStarter page instead. Creative!  We hope you will support this project with a donation of any size.

Visit the SchoolStarter page to learn more and watch the 1.5 minute video he made about the project.

Story #2 From Sea Shells to Car Wash. What Next?:

Penny received a card recently from Madeleine Mauer, granddaughter of School of Miracles #12 donor Ann Fron Pravato. Several years ago Madeleine and her sister, Kirsten (then 3 and 5 years old) collected seashells on Marco Island and sold them to raise money for Miracles in Action. Penny was given a ziploc bag filled with coins from their sale – how cute! Now they are older and did a car wash, raising $200. I can only imagine what is next! Gracias, Madeleine and Kirsten, and we also thank Ann, for being an inspiration to teach her grandchildren about giving and helping others.

Pictured below: Ann Fron Pravato, with students in front of the school she sponsored in 2007 in Guatemala; Madeleine’s recent note.

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ASHA-ClubStory #3 Hope makes a difference:

The ASHA student group at Raymond J. Grey Junior High School in Massachusetts recently sent a check to support student  scholarships and water filters in Guatemala. This club was started in 2010 by two high school students whose vision was to bring education to impoverished children around the world. In 2012 a club was started with junior high students, which currently has 10 7th and 8th grade members. This year they reached a new milestone in their fundraising by raising $1200! The word “Asha” means “hope” in Hindi, and this group certainly is giving hope to the Guatemalan students they are helping!

We are so encouraged by these stories and salute these and all the other young philanthropists and fundraisers who support our work!

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