This story will be told in the pictures. For those involved with SewHope, Fundaninas is a familiar word. SewHope's beginnings are linked to visits to Fundaninas. Members of the Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Maumee still visit annually. Visiting Fundaninas was a dream come true for me after hearing about the girls for so many years. Fundaninas is a story of many wonderful, creative and continuing partnerships of international organizations.
Fundaninas is an orphanage begun with an idea of Isabel de Bosch. Isabel was the first woman to be a Rotarian in Guatemala. She is now the president of the Rotarians, and she never runs out of ideas!!! Google the name Isabel de Bosch or Fundaninas for more information. Isabel is the most humble person. She is another example to me of an inspired foundress.
This is a famous picture of Isabel and her children. The picture expresses the sentiments that I experienced on my first visit there. The children LOVE Isabel and flock to her for hugs. If this picture of Isabel and the Children looks familiar, it was the cover of the Rotary International Annual Report of 2009-10.
This picture testifies to the color and cheer that is found throughout the house. Each of the smaller children has such a cubby hole. Both sides of the room have these. A space of one's own is so important.
First stop....a place to sit to listen to the children. This little girl got the best seat. One minute more and the whole space was swarming with children. On the wall is a large print out of an evening prayer.
This is a general location for items that are shared or needed as children grow in and out of clothing, etc.
This dormitory had room for 22 of the youngest girls. Isabel knows each girl by name as well as her story and her dreams.
This second room of bunks had room for 10 of the older girls. There is room for 32 girls at Fundaninas, but Isabel keeps contact with many who are now independent.
This was a touching item to me and speaks of the attempt to deal with the emotional well being of each of the girls as they grow and mature.
This is the part of the kitchen where most of the food is prepared. I would guess that the children help with the preparation and the clean up. The kitchen was clean and spacious.
A teacher was in this room. Since it was after school hours, I am not sure how this room is actually used, but there were several computers here that seemed to be in working condition.
This second of three kitchens is the bakery. Fresh bread, cookies, etc, come out of this oven all day long. It gave the smell of home. The third kitchen which is where the "soy cow" is located it also is where the refrigerators and the large sinks for washing dishes is located.
These bottles of milk were produced by the "soy cow" which is the machine pictured next. Strawberry, chocolate and white milk. I tried the strawberry. I don't like milk, but this was great!!! The cooks also make cookies, 50% of which have the ingredient of soy. Again delicious!!! Those working in the kitchen were among several women ministering to the children.
This is one of four "soy cows" that Isabel and the Rotarians have brought to Guatemala. There are 96 more such machines on the way. The milk is prepared scalding hot in this pressure-cooker type device. They have three refrigerators to cool the milk and other food. The milk is served cold.
The dining room. Again bright and cheery. It is not shown in this picture, but on one of the walls is a large print out of a morning prayer and on the other wall, the ten commandments. For more information on the "Soy Cows" and Fundaninas: vimeo.com/20477114 vimeo.com/20317847