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May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

As I was a volunteer with a Med/Surg team in Jalapa, Guatemala our group became aware of the needs of the girls at the Casa Hogar a Girls Home/Orphanage. Several nurses from the team determined the needs and started a Sewing and a Jewelry project. I have been teaching the girls sewing and travel to Guatemala three times a year to continue this project. As a retired RN and a grandmother of 5, I see the needs of these girls and they've stolen my HEART.

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We are now seeing the results of our early classes and now have some of the girls learning to be the treachers. They are learning to work independently and design orginal projects.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

The work the HEAR Foundation does in Jalapa is simply stunning. On paper, the success stories go on and on: • On-going coursework for the girls teaching them skills to lead independent lifestyles once they come of age. • Expanding the building to increase capacity and provide shelter for additional children. • Building a playground, establishing a meal plan to provide nourishing meals, building an irrigation system to promote self-sufficiency, etc, etc... The true impact the HEAR Foundation has had can be summed up in the smiles on the girls’ faces and can be seen in the way they live their day to day lives. In its relatively short existence, the HEAR Foundation has empowered the girls of the Marta y Maria Orphanage to overcome their troubled pasts and create brighter futures; I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years will bring!

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Jalapa, Guatemala. Feb 2009, 2010

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About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 28, 2010

I have traveled to Jalapa, Guatemala with the Hijas group to teach the young women who are residents there how to make jewelry. The goal is to teach them skills, while at the same time teaching them how to run a business - from quality control, inventory, leadership, accountability, marketing, etc. We made products throughout the week and then had a sale at the end of the week with a volunteer group that was in Jalapa. The girls saw their products sold, were able to talk about how they were made, and completed the sales. They then were able to bring the money back to the orphanage to help pay for food and basic necessities. It was wonderful to see the girls earn self confidence and thrive in this situation, and know that they will go on to be self sufficient in the future that Hijas is creating for them. They now have hope in their future.

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Selling a piece of jewelry that the girls have made, telling the story of the orphanage and these girls, and returning to Guatemala with the money from the sales knowing that they will be able to eat that week and buy basic necessities for survival.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Feed all the residents of the orphanage forever, supply clean water, sewage and electricity, build new schools, send all the girls to college so that they can become everything that they dream to be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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May 28, 2010

I have contributed to the Hear foundation for a while, but I really got involved last November when I traveled with the team to Guatamala. I discovered first hand how women have no value in that country. The Hear foundation has taught the girls how to sew and make jewlery. The Hear foundation is now in the process of teaching them nutrition and growing their own food. I am so impressed that this organazation is not just giving hand outs, but teaching them that they are special and that they can be self sufficent. The love I seen between girls and volunteers was amazing. I personally am going back in November again to help with a irrigation system we are putting in. That is only a small part of why I am going back. The main reason is, I thought I was going to give out all my love but instead I recieved way more then what I gave out. I was very impressed how they can be so happy and have so much love in there situation. These girls are there because they have been raped, mistreated or abused,( mainly by men). I think the Hear foundation has diffently saved those girls life. They have given them more then food and shelter and water, they have given them HOPE.

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When I went to Guatamala I seen first hand the love and self esteem the Hear foundatin has put in the hearts of the girls. I can hardly wait to go back there this year, and see how much they have grown in statue since last year

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 28, 2010

Flashback to November 2009 as our van approaches a girls' orphanage in Jalapa, Guatemala. I anxiously await one of the nuns unlocking the gate to let us begin our work there. I look out the wndow and see beautiful, smiling faces ready and willing to greet us. I look into their eyes and see only beauty in all of the girls and shyness in some. We were greeted with open arms and a kindness to strangers that I have never experienced. The H.E.A.R. Foundation is responsible for these girls trying to become economically independent through education. While I was there other volunteers were working on building a huge playground, enhancing their safety by installing outdoor lighting, repairing the sewer system, and teaching the girls how to make jewelry and sew handbags and other items for profit. I painted outdoor games so the girls could have fun when they were done with chores and homework. I was so impressed with the organization of this trip. Everyone had their assignments but all were ready and willing to help one another,volunteer or child, whenever the opportunity arose. I think the most important attributes the team had was the love and concern for the children. My experience teaching English was wonderful as well as a little intimidating. I am an elementary school teacher and speak very little Spanish. There were 15 girls in the classroom and most wanted to learn English. There was one girl that stood out and her name was Marie. Marie would stay after class by herself studying English. She was filled with curiosity and passion for learning. One night I walked into the classroom to pick up some materials ,and there she was trying to teach herself English. I realized that a lot of us take education for granted and complain about homework and too many papers to write. Marie would never complain. She taught me that education is gift not to take lightly but to work hard. The orphanage is situated in a rural area flled with extreme poverty. With the help of the H.E.A.R Foundation many of these girls will live a life with purpose and for some the cycle of poverty will end. I felt honored to be with such a quality group...someday I will return. extreme poverty. The girls do their laundry in sinks outside, and hang their clothes outside to dry.

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My personal experience with this group taught me that all of humanity is in this life together and we need to reach out to others in need, but to do it with respect and honor.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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May 28, 2010

I have traveled to Jalapa, Guatemala with people sponsored by the HEAR Foundation. We work with girls and young women in an orphanage there. I have concentrated on the sewing project. We have taught young women the proper use of sewing machines and basic sewing skills. They have been able to create at least three different purses/bags and dog leashes. They use fabrics from their country. This experience is very enriching for us who go. The girls love to have us, and they are so willing to learn new things. They are proud of their accomplishments, as they deserve to be. We also spend time giving lots of hugs and positive feedback to their work. The smiles on their faces I continue to see throughout the year. I went with the idea of helping them, but they have taught me much more than I have given.

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I have met board members doing hands on work. I see them really probing questions as how to do what is best for the project.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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