January 19, 2017
We began our trip in Antigua the beautiful spanish colonial town.
Traveling are: Donna Goodlaxson, Bob Brose, Sue Gerlach, Allen
Freiermuth, Matt Buetow, Brenda Betz- Stoltz and me - Jody. It's great
to have 3 board members Donna, Brenda and me and also Sue our coffee
business manager. I'm especially thrilled to have my son Matt along.
We traveled across the beautiful Lake Atitlan on a boat- lancha
arriving at the Posada de Santiago where we'll make our home base for 4
We are here to distribute the 22 scholarships to the students and to
visit their families, homes and hear more about their lives.
We spent Saturday visiting scholarship kids and families in their
homes. It is very humbling to see their homes, their lives and hear
about how the scholarships help them attend school.
The Sicay family
Meeting on the street with members of the Weavers' Committee- the scholarship group.
Francisco and Rosa the leaders of the Committee. Lola, Nicolasa and
Sheny all university students. We brought them all calendars.
These families are so generous opening their homes for us. We asked
Rosa, one of the leaders of the group, what we could bring to the
families when we visit. I wondered oranges or a watermelon. Rosa said
corn and beans. They need the daily staples more than special foods.
The families that own their homes, the land and home were passed down
from their parents and probably generations before that. Today land is
so expensive that it's impossible for most families to buy. The land is
divided up and more floor built up on the homes when possible to
accomodate for the families growing.
I'm running off so more later.