Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
From early on, one of the goals of SewHope is to create and identify models. Models of gardening, models of industry, models of teaching, models of healthy living. SewHope's role is to offer encouragement, share knowledge, and sometimes assist with resources. The goal is for the Guatemalan people to create and share examples of best practices with each other.
Somehow this is beginning to happen. Each day feels like one step forward and two steps backward, and yet, with God, we end up miles ahead.
Ismael and Orfe are greatly responsible for the advancement of the models and for bringing other Guatemalans to see what is happening with SewHope's work.
Models of gardening. SewHope's first model was the garden at Ismael's house. Ismael brought many of the telesecondary students to visit his house and his gardens. Now the telesecondary students are growing their own garden. And what a model it is! And then there are the gardens at the kindergarten which are being prepared by the mothers of the students. Rudy's Stove Project includes gardens at the homes in Purushila. And then there are the 50 plus gardens in the homes in Mango!!!!!!
Model fish farm. Hanssel and Ismael have a fish pond behind their house. Sergio took note of it when visiting with the telesecondary students. He went home and made a fish farm for himself.
Models of teaching. Unfortunately I do not have pictures of two groups that have visited the kindergarten in Purushila. One group consisted of a class of six-year olds and their teacher from the Escuela Municipal Rural Mixta Barrio El Triunfo in Santa Ana. Other teachers from the school also came. The group was able to observe the computers, water filters, tippy tap, and gardens. The El Triunfo school has already started to imitate what they saw. A second group also visited. To me such visits are the ultimate excitement!
Models of healthy living. To me the best examplse of this comes from the participants in the Stove Project being conducted by Rudy in Purushila. The project consists of four parts: making a tippy tap for the latrine, purchasing and using a water filter for drinking, purchasing and using a wood efficient stove with stove pipe, and making a garden. Ten families have already committed to the program. Once these are completed, there are already 9 more families in the village waiting to participate.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012