HRI has kicked off an exciting 2013 and it is already proving to be a groundbreaking and productive year! I am thrilled to share some first quarter program highlights!
486,000 meals have been provided to 2,450 orphans and vulnerable children!
New School Year, New School Supplies
HRI distributed school supplies to 950 students in six villages in Guatemala. Many parents are unable to afford school supplies for their children so HRI ensured that every student started the year off right with textbooks, notebooks, pencils, pens, a pencil sharpener, and an eraser. The kids and parents were thrilled!
Safe, Energy Efficient Stove Project
Thanks to generous support from Jewish Helping Hands, HRI in partnership with the village of La 46, Guatemala completed 10 safe, energy efficient stoves this quarter. The stoves were provided to a particularly vulnerable cluster of families living atop a very steep hillside. Each family hauled the materials up the nearly � mile mountainside and also had an integral role in the construction of their stove. Plans are underway to build 25 more stoves in the coming months.
Vegetable Gardens a Huge Success
We are continuing to expand and improve our garden initiative in Haitian orphanages. In February, horticulture specialist, Dr. Lynn Brandenberger made his third trip to Haiti to support HRI's garden efforts.
In March, Dr. Jim Shrefler, along with our amazing "Garden Donor", HRI team and the community broke ground to create the first communal garden in Nueva Candelaria, Guatemala. It took 5 days and 15 different varieties of vegetables were planted, a drip irrigation system was installed, and the Mayor pledged his support for the project! It was a tremendous accomplishment and an amazing community effort.
Forging New Partnerships
In March, HRI teamed with TAG Development International to identify potential sustainable development projects to partner on in 2013 and beyond. We are excited about the life changing projects we identified and will be working on together.
We are delighted by the accomplishments achieved thus far in 2013 and we are feeling fully energized for spring! We are continually amazed by the compassion and commitment of our donors and churches, as well as the courageous and hardworking children and families that we reach every day. We welcome your continued support for our projects.