Your gifts have allowed families to survive during a pandemic


Greetings!

We are writing once gain with good news about your donation and the remote village of Chajmaic, Guatemala.

In response to the Mother's Day groceries delivery (one-time, to last for two weeks) to 8 hungry families, more of our friends and family contributed so that we had enough in funds to send to Chajmaic to help another 8 hungry families.

This grocerty run was complicated by the fact that, in response to additional cases of COVID-19, for the 2 nd weekend in a row, Guatemala is shutting down all travel – even for groceries – from Friday at 5:00 p.m. through Monday a.m. So, everything had to be purchased during the week.

Our key contact in the village, Lety, and her daughter Wendy, paid a driver to take them to nearby Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, where they received your donation and traveled to the markets to get groceries.
9 Additional Hungry Families Receive Two Weeks of Groceries

This was  another wonderful story, added to by yet another blessing:
Our partner Ricardo’s wife, Evita, is in a mothers’ group in Antigua, Guatemala with a single mom who recently lost her job. She and her children were hungry, and she was desperate.  There was just enough money donated to also  provide groceries to this 9 th  hungry family.

Thus, 9 families were fed on U.S. Memorial Day weekend, and 8 on Mother’s Day. When you add in the  donations for Maya’s family (biological mom, brother, sister, aunt, uncle and cousins), 18 families were cared for through these generous donations.
Chai is a Gift of Life
In Judaism,  18 is a holy number. 10 represents the letter chet and 8 represents the letter yod. Together they spell “chai,” which means “life.” In Judaism, gifts are generally given in increments of 18, to  affirm life. This is a guiding practice in Judaism when making a gift.

This indicates that  our gifts support life, and those lives are upheld and protected. This is indeed a miracle.
The Groceries Arrive and are Stored Overnight
In both of the grocery runs, these 15 items were given to each of the 8 families:
Groceries distributed
It is an extraordinary  blessing to be able to  deliver groceries to 18 hungry families – 17 families in a remote Guatemalan village  during a pandemic time - despite the pandemic - and in a time of such need because of the pandemic.

The benefits of providing groceries, in addition to helping the people, is the demonstration of the measurable goals that Sowing Opportunities is able to achieve and developing  good relations and establishing a presence in the village of Chajmaic.

For this, we are immensely grateful and see the hand of God at work.
The shared effort is very inspiring.

We are in the process of setting up  a strategic plan for when this pandemic and the country shut-down are over. We plan to send Ricardo and our agricultural engineer, Antonio, to the village to conduct an  needs assessment  to determine the families’ interests for future self-determined sustenance.

It’s so exciting to  see village leadership at work.

Once again, thank you for your generosity that has made this blessed work happen. If you would still like to give, please go to  http://www.sowingops.org/en/get-involved/giving/ . Again, 100% of your donation goes to the people directly.

Love,
Fern and Ginny
Sowing Opportunities, Inc.
21 Ivy Road
Malden, MA 02148