It was really hot and it was on Fathers Day but I am really glad that everyone came to the Dog Show. We raised money for Guatemala AND for the Vale of Evesham School and the Cheltenham Animal Shelter. There are so many people that help us on the day. It’s not just about the money but we did ok with that too.
p.s. Diego finally won something.
This is my most recent post on my charity TeamHelps. If you don’t know who or what we do just scroll up and check us out because we help people in my home country (Guatemala) It is very poor so we go each year and try to give people happiness knowing that other people care.
For the last few years we have been making homes for people who live in huts made from straw and other things. We give them a nice solid brick home so they can survive the weather. We hold events to raise enough money for the resources we need to help.
One of our main things that we do is a dog show at our house. It’s a huge event that is actually pretty fun. If you want to come the date this year is June 18 (It is Fathers Day – so bring your dog and your Dad!)
The biggest thing we did this year is with my school. I’m still so surprised that they chose my charity. The charity committee was so cool with the ideas that they came up with to raise money. The did a disco called Groove for Guatemala and they also did this one big Triathalon event where everyone did things like biking, swimming and running. It really got us all pumped up and the older kids stayed the whole entire night. Don’t ask me how, but they did it and they were amazing. Everyone gave their best effort. Even the teachers were part of it. All for Guatemala and helping people they don’t even know.
My mom went in the next morning when it was ending to help make waffles and she said that all the kids looked like zombies. They were too tired to even eat the food.
I am really proud of my school because it turns out that we might have enough money to make five houses which is shocking. We were aiming high but instead we went super high. Families in Guatemala are really big. There are usually at least 8 people in a house. Now at least 40 people will have a safe place to live with clean water and lots of hope.
I love what I do and I couldn’t have done it on my own so this is a huge thank you to my school.
From Henry Austin.
On the last day of school before the Christmas holiday, I had a nice surprise. I found out that the kids on the charity committee at Kingham chose my charity for the upcoming term. I’m really excited because it’s helping people in Guatemala where I am from. I really want people to understand that Guatemala isn’t a wealthy place and that lots of people need help. I’m happy that the school will be helping and that we can have fun with some of the events coming soon. I always knew that Kingham was a good place. Now it feels like they care about people who aren’t just at our school. For me, it makes me proud to call Kingham my home.
My charity has been around now for 7 years. Teamhelps is a good charity and I am proud of it because it helps people that need help. Now that I’m 12 I’m getting more involved with my charity. Me and some kids who I trust are having a meeting and talking about how to spend the money we raised from the dog show.
We raised £2,826 at the dog show this year and we are going to dicuss what to do with it in the charity. I chose these kids because they have done so much for my charity giving in their own ways to help and we need to hear their ideas for the future. We need ideas and I think these kids will help not just my charity but people who struggle but I think if these kids are here with me the people in Guatemala will see a brighter day ahead of themselves and their families.
Love from Henry Austin
We can’t wait to have you all here for the third annual kids Dog Show. Don’t worry if you have a kid but don’t have a dog – we have friends that will loan out their friendly dogs for the ‘events’. Or, come without a dog and just enjoy the afternoon. We’ll have a BBQ, tea and cake by the brook, a bar on the Patio….stalls with stuff to buy ….there is something for everyone.
We had an amazing week building two houses for famlies. The first family had 11 children – a total of 13 people living in a one room house with 3 beds. The second family had (only) 6 kids, a total of 8 people living in one room with 2 beds. They now have a concrete, dry structure with a front door, window and even a skylight!
It was wonderful for us to work side by side with them to give them a new home. Some pictures from the week are here:
We made it here to Guatemala! Mom, Dad and I are the only ones here in this house so far. This morning we woke up at 4 am. It was dark. We waited for the sun to come up so I could get a picture of one of the volcanos from the roof. Hope you like it.
Tomorrow things get started with our work. My friend Lucas is coming from America and he is bringing 75 backpacks for the kids at the orphanage. He is bringing his Mom and Dad too. Here is a picture of Lucas.
Scrase is still missing. He’s in Panama with his Mom and little brother. There is more to that story but you get the point. We will see them hopefully very late tonight.
Bronty and her family came from England with us. They are staying in another house. We are going to see them at my favourite place in Guatemala. Pollo Campero for some chicken.
We love the organization From Houses to Homes www.fromhousestohomes.org Working with them gives us an opportunity this year to build 3 houses for families that really need them. Here’s one of the families we will be meeting and builiding a house with. 11 kids!!
Hi guys. I’ve been going through my things and trying to fill up pencil cases to take with me next week when we go to Guatemala. Can you help?