I promise you will have fun. You, your family, your dog, food, fun and a day out together. What’s not to woof?
2014 was a great year for me. I got to do lots of things for my charity. The best part was going to Guatemala in October. We built two houses and climbed my volcano named Pacaya. I’ve been thinking a lot about going back to Guatemala and seeing how the kids are doing that we met. I wonder if they like their new home. I hope we have a chance ot make another family happy. Here’s a picture of me and my friiend Lucio with Marta and Luis.
The good thing is that me and my friends at school had a Christmas sale for my charity. We sold loads of little goodies and surprised everyone with how much money we raised. It was enough to almost buy another house in Guatemala. I hope next year we can do it again.
I forgot to show you pictures of the houses that we built. They were one story tall and had a concrete floor. I think they were so much better than the houses that they lived in originally.
In 2015 I want to have a dog show again, I want to come up with a recipe for Henry’s Hot Sauce, I want to buy more footballs for the kids …well we already have 100 that are waiting to be delivered…but you know what i mean. I want it to be the best year yet for helping Guatemala. Plus i am pretty excited about turning 11.
We have 6 kids as part of team. I can’t wait to see them play with the children in these families while we work with them during the week.
Lucas and I are starting to think about packing all of our stuff for the trip. I’m on footballs and he is on shoes. Mom and Solange are bringing eye glasses and other stuff. It’s going to be fun.
Thanks to everyone for coming to the first annual Dogs Got Talent Show. It was so much fun to see such a variety of dogs strolling around the garden.
There were so many people that baked, donated books and crafts, purchased fruit and veg and entered in the highly competitive dog events. You made it a really fun day for all of us and for that we are grateful. We raised enough money on the day to fund the building of another house (and safe stove) in Guatemala. Well done.
It’s been a few years since we have been able to travel to Guatemala to do hands-on work. For the past few years we have used the money that we have raised as a charity to support Juan Castro in his education, help fund books in Ixil at the school in Santa Avelina and continue to sponsor a group of 10 year old children at the William Botnam school.
When we have done work in Guatemala in the past, Henry was always too young to be able to travel into the mountains. It was too dangerous a trip and the work was too difficult for a young boy. Finally, this has changed. In October we will be partnering with From Houses to Homes to build a house for a family…in a week. A week! With our experience of installing the Onil Stoves, we have seen how so many families live in thatched roof huts with mud floors. The idea of offering them a watertight home with a concrete floor is fantastic. Our aim is to build two homes with From Houses to Homes in late October of this year.
We are also planning our additional days working with a local orphanage for boys. We are still deciding on the project that we will do there as it will depend on how our fundraising goes in the next few months.
For Henry and his friend Scrase, this will be an amazing gift.
Please check out more on From Houses to Homes at www.fromhousestohomes.org
When I was 4 and I started going to school in England I felt like I wanted to help the other kids in Guatemala go to school. I wanted a way to make money and help pay for them to go to school.
One day my Mom and I were stressed out about all of the apples in our garden that we couldn’t eat and that were going to waste.
So we decided to DO something about the apples and DO something about the kids in Guatemala. We put it together and came up with the idea of making chutney.
We decided that the best way to use the apples and to make them last a long time was to put them in jars and make chutney. This way we could take our time with selling as much as we could.
We came up with a recipe that I would like. I like spicy things. I like REALLY spicy things. We did the normal ENGLISH thing with apples, and onions and sugar….but then we ZAPPED it with hot peppers…..Just like the Guatemalans would like.
I love my chutney. I eat it with eggs. I put it on sandwiches. Sometimes I just eat it plain.
So now we gather the apples and we cook the chutney. We stink up the house and we stink up our hair and we put it all in jars with my own special label.
We sell it Farm shops. We sell it to friends. We give it to EVERYONE we know.
The money that we make has helped a LOT of kids go to school and it makes me really happy.
We hear about people not being able to read. That alone is sad.
Can you imagine if even worse, you had nothing to read? Imagine not being able to pick up a book, a newspaper, or even read a sign with directions. In rural Guatemala this is a very real scenario.
There are so many native Mayan languages that many are not even documented. In Santa Avelina, things are changing. This is where we are working with the William Botnam school and HELPS International. The school goes beyond teaching the children. It is involving the adults in the community as well and everyone is learning to read.
Even more exciting, we are developing books to read. In their language, with their traditions and with the excitement of a whole new world. It’s good stuff.