Have you asked a question and taken up the answer as a challenge?
Our friend, Christine Peak, asked a question on a visit earlier this year to the highlands of rural Guatemala. The answer was simple and direct: The children of Aguas Calientes Elementary School walked long distances to learn. They arrived eager but hungry. They leave the school for home and chores hungry.
If the school just had a kitchen the children could all get a hot lunch each day, the principal replied to Christine's question.
This May 12, we hosted MayaWorks at the café and the event, Christine's brainchild, helped to quickly raise enough money to build the kitchen for the school.
Jason and Mike whipped up a nice Latin American blend – tasty! – and 50% of the purchase price went to the fundraising. But basically, all we did was move some furniture around.
Christine and a MayaWorks colleague, Gail Krueger, up from Texas, set up a wonderful display of textiles, bags, hand-beaded items and jewelry made by Mayan women, mainly from Guatemala. We met wonderful new friends filtering in and out, some attracted by the kind publicity in our local media.
This is a very simple and direct accomplishment. It will mean much to a gaggle of radiant young children. Congratulations to Christine for responding to an answer that needed an action. We're looking forward to an update from MayaWorks on this project.
We have a gallery of Christine's photos from the initial trip at www.consciouscup.com. Read more about MayaWorks and its microeconomic development for artisan women of the Maya.