November 17, 2013
A friend recently asked me if there was some alternative type Christmas gift from Education And More that she could buy her grandchildren that would help the children that we serve in Guatemala and help teach her grandchildren about the lives of other children. Here are some of the ideas I gave her and maybe it would help you in your gifting this year.
Educate A Child — Help a child go to school with a sponsorship with Education And More. What a great way to give a gift to 2 people at once-someone on your Christmas list and a child in Guatemala. You will receive periodic updates about the children along with photos and their grade card each year.
Shoes for Children — Help your children or grandchildren understand that not all children have the basics of life — donate a pair of shoes in their name. We will send a picture of the children that receive the shoes. $20 will buy a really nice pair of shoes for a child and help keep him warm! Education And More serves artisan groups that live in the mountainous areas of Guatemala so it is really cool at night and downright cold in the rainy season. Go to http://www.educationandmore.org/ to donate and note that it is for ‘Shoes For Children’
Basket of Food — We have many families in our artisan groups that are unable to purchase sufficient food for their families and rarely a variety of foods that help the children grow and develop. Won’t you help by donating a Christmas basket of food or even two in your children’s name. Education And More will send you a photo of the family receiving your gift! Donate $25 today at our website and specify ‘Basket of Food for a Family’
Show your appreciation to your Pastor – A beautiful clergy stole, handwoven on a backstrap loom with meticulous hand embroidery. Our artisan group, Chuchi Weavers, receives much needed income with our orders of these beautiful stoles which helps them care for their children.
Fund a week of Vacation Bible School – Help us share the Gospel through VBS to the children in our artisan groups and their communities. Donate $750 to enable us to provide VBS classes so the children can learn about Jesus. Recognize a loved one with a gift and receive photos and videos of the children during VBS.
Visit our website to learn more about our work!
We appreciate all our supporters and wish you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
October 29, 2013
We recently received a customer comment about our beautiful kitchen towels and would like to share it with you. Annie C. wrote, “I love these towels and am so glad I ordered them! The first time I washed and dried them they were all wrinkly when I pulled them from the dryer but after I used them a while and they had been through the washer and dryer a few times they came out really smooth with very few wrinkles and look great. They are so soft and absorbent and they remind me of dish towels that my grandma used to use. I love them and will be ordering some for gifts! Thanks!”
The towels she is talking about are our kitchen towels made of 100% cotton yarns and handwoven on a foot pedal loom by our artisans. Many all cotton items are wrinkled the first few times they come out of the dryer but just wait — you’re gonna love them! After a few times thru the washer and dryer the fibers seem to meld together and you have a super absorbent towel with few wrinkles right out of the dryer. We have had such wonderful comments on them and they continue to be one of our best sellers.
Check out our beautiful kitchen towels in our webstore!
October 19, 2013
Are you ready to step out of your everyday routine and share God’s love in another culture?
Join Education And More on a trip to share the Gospel during Vacation Bible School with Mayan children in the western highlands of Guatemala.
- share God’s love with the children and women that Education And More serve
- learn about the daily life and culture of the Maya
- visit the artisan groups that E&M partners with
- enjoy the beauty of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding villages in the western highlands
- visit colonial Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with time for sightseeing and shopping
- experience a trip of a lifetime while sharing the Gospel with these warm and hospitable people
- learn more about the work of Education And More
- learn about Fair Trade and how it benefits our friends and partners in Guatemala
June 7 – 16, 2014
Vacation Bible School Mission Trip
Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan
October 12, 2013
I recently led a mission team to Guatemala where they had the unusual experience of seeing the clouds envelope us each afternoon. High in the volcanic mountains of western Guatemala, part of the team presented Vacation Bible School to schoolchildren at a small remote primary school and others of the team helped our local friends pour a concrete playground / school assembly area / soccer field and build a new kitchen stove.
Each afternoon we could see the clouds start to roll in and actually come from lower areas that where we were working. Often we would have some rain although we were fortunate to have no downpours while we were there. Our team nicknamed the school “School Above the Clouds”
This small school has 3 classrooms and 2 teachers and also the director who teaches the kindergarteners and preschool. This year there are approximately 55 children total in the school. Because the school is so remote it receives very little help from the local or national government.
Be sure to stop by our website and see our dates for mission trips next year. Although we won’t be working at the ‘School Above the Clouds’ we will have equally exciting and interesting experiences in store for the team that will be working at one of the villages of our artisan groups.
September 26, 2013
“Education And More is a big blessing for our family,” Santos tells us. “You help us sell our handcrafts so we can care for our family and you also find wonderful people to help us educate our children. May God bless you all!”
Santos is the mother of 4 children, one of whom has a sponsor in our sponsorship program. This family has great needs but is very appreciative of the help they receive.
Little Jennifer is such a shy girl and doesn’t talk much but that is partly due to the fact she speaks Kakchiquel and is just learning Spanish in school. With a sponsor she will be able to stay in school and look forward to a brighter future. Her mother is so happy!
September 10, 2013
Artesanas I’xkoq’a were really happy to receive sewing lessons earlier this year along with new sewing machines and supplies and they worked hard to learn this new skill. After the earlier lessons we required they practice their sewing for a few months and then we began more lessons for them with their instructor, Gaspar. They will now have 4 more months of lessons to really become proficient with their new skills.
What will these new skills mean to them? It means new opportunities to earn money sewing their own handcrafts and also sewing for others in their community. They will now be able to sew the hems on their handwoven napkins and placemats, make purses, pillows and so much more!
This group is very organized and always searching for ways to improve their handcraft business with improved or new skills and improved business practices. We are very pleased to be able to help them by furnishing their sewing center and providing 7 months of sewing lessons.