I already sponsor a boy in Ecuador monthly through Children International, but Luke knows I'm a sucker for a cause, so that won't stop me from making a one-time donation to help out a sustainable development organization that is bettering the quality of lives for Guatemalan children through educational community outreach. Programs like this don't just throw money at a problem, they incorporate the people they are trying to help and provide jobs, opportunities, and the change needed to pull a community out of poverty permanently, one child at a time.
Children born into the indigenous communities of Guatemala are at a huge disadvantage from the onset. Imagine being born into this reality: Illiteracy rates in their neighborhoods will be over 50%, education won't be valued, and child labor will be expected. Violence and inequality will be the norm, as well as malnutrition. Short term solutions like clothing donations and food drives help, don't get me wrong, but providing an education is actually providing a future for these kids. If you want to read more about the organization and some of the personal stories, please check out this guest post from my friend Luke.
Video Tour of the Integral Heart Foundation
You can make a donation here. Anything helps. Seriously, anything. Think of it as a couple Starbucks coffees, or a few iPad apps. Thanks for being so lovely and stay tuned for more updates! (seriously, get off the couch and go grab your credit card…)