Pueblo Nuevo woman inspires vitamin project "Tibursia" came to our clinic during our first trip begging for vitamins for her undernourished children. Her pleas were answered when Beatrice Thaman founded "Give to Grow"! Beatrice continues to provide SewHope with hundreds of thousands of vitamins!
This strong Mayan woman from Pueblo Nuevo is the wife of a local pastor. In the summer of 2007, she lined up all day with her children to visit our medical team. When she finally had the opportunity to see our doctor, we had almost completely run out of medications and vitamins. When Dr. Ruch saw the look of hopelessness in the woman's eyes, she promised that our organization would return and make a meaningful difference in this community. With that, SewHope was soon started! Now vitamins are provided to each child in 7 local villages each day!
Beatrice Thaman wins Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Meet Beatrice Thaman, age 12, who was named one of Ohio's top two youth volunteers for 2009 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program that recognizes great acts of kindness.
Beatrice was recognized for getting more than 175,000 vitamin tablets in 2009 to children in villages in the Peten region of Guatemala where malnutrtion is commonplace. Through contacting vitamin companies, raising funds and involving local Toledo schools, Beatrice has single-handedly now sent over 800,000 vitamins!!
Beatrice then donated her financial award from Prudential to SewHope so that shipping this tremendous volume of vitamins could take place. SewHope now has a program of distribution in place in 5 villages in the Santa Ana region of the Peten. Insuring that the vitamins reach the children who need them most, we work through the local schools and each child receives a vitamin daily in addition to a nutritionally-complete meal.
SewHope sends vitamins to victims of recent Guatemala disaster In 2010, Guatemala suffered several natural disasters including floods that destroyed the homes of thousands of families. Through the municipality of Santa, SewHope was able to send thousands of meals and vitamins to those most in need.
Here, the mayor of Santa Ana is accepting 50,000 vitamins from SewHope which were sent to victims of the recent natural disaster in Guatemala City in May, 2010. A volcano eruption along with record tropical rainstorms resulted in tens of thousands of people left homeless. In addition to vitamins, SewHope also sent 15,000 nutritionally complete meals with the help of Kids Against Hunger - Toledo Region.