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Guatemala 2010

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S: Guatemala 2010

BC: 2010

FC: Guatemala | 2010 | Quetzaltenango

1: Goodbye America, Hello Guatemala SLC, Utah Boarding Flight 490 to Houston, Texas then on to GUATEMALA!! December 27, 2010

2: ""A child fills the space in your heart that you never knew was empty.

3: { | { | LOVE

5: "You must be the CHANGE you wish to see in the world" -Mahatma Ghandi

6: Despite their situation, these kids could always find something to smile about.

7: Music is a big part of the Guatemalan culture. So, when we pulled our Ipods out, they thought it was so cool! | "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."

8: The Donations | We donated clothes, shoes, books, school and hygiene supplies, toys, food, blankets, electronics, stuffed animals, and everyday supplies for the home. To the families of Guatemala. | We had HUNDREDS of clothing donation items.

9: Handing out the Donations to the needy families was the most life changing experience for me. Seeing the families laugh and smile and even cry in receiving a simple new outfit was a wake up call to me, to be more grateful for the many luxuries that I had back home.

10: A big part of this trip was spent handing out donations to families. Each family that came in was given a set or two of new clothes, a new pair of shoes, a jacket and a backpack containing school supplies and a hygiene kit. Each child also received a toy of their choice. We served about 200 families. | D O N A T I O N S

11: The Receivers

14: Play Time! These kids LOVED to be given attention. Their favorite thing was for us "Gringos" to pick them up and spin them, and give them piggy-back rides. The thing they loved the most was being held.

16: We played a lot of dress up while sorting the clothes | Kalin enjoyed playing in the toys | Fun with The Clothes! | Some of the girls found these neon shirts and painted in them | Michael found it entertaining to dress up and sing in the girl clothes

17: Part of what makes Guatemala a third world country is how they dispose of their garbage. Everywhere you look there is a trash strew about. Women and children sweep the garbage on the streets together and light it on fire to get rid of it. The rest of the trash gets brought to the landfill where it is left in masses. There are families and children who live and work there each day pulling out items of trash that can be recycled or eaten to earn a living. That which cannot be salvaged is burned. | Landfill

18: "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man." -Mark Twain- | D O G s | S T R A Y

19: The Food

20: Lake Atitlan is supposed to be the Waters of Mormon. It was the most beautiful place I've ever seen! There are 17 volcanoes that surround the lake. One of which (top left) had a small eruption while we were in Guatemala! | Lake Atitlan

21: Between the Valley, artifacts were found that dated back to the birth of Christ! | There was the most beautiful sunset while we were sailing across the Lake. All of the volcanoes were glowing!

22: The Zip-line

23: The Zip-line is 200 meters up the side of the mountain. It is about a 20 minute hike to get to the top of the line. The line is 600 feet long and only takes roughly 40 seconds to get down.

24: The water parks are CRAZY! They have different safety guidelines than the US does! They have slides that are a 136 stairs (they number them) that goes straight down! There was a toilet bowl slide, a half-pipe slide, several slides that you caught major air on, and the coolest mat slide for racing! The most embarrassing part of the trip here was when there was a smokin' hot boy in front of me in line and I was talking about how he was hot in English thinking he didn't understand to find out that he spoke English!

25: The Sleepers! | Somehow we managed to sleep on every bus ride, plane ride, and sometimes just sitting in a pile of clothes!:)

26: Guatemala Hospital This hospital looked as if it was out of a horror movie. The walls were falling apart in places, the lights were dim and flickering, patients were screaming, and there were people with severe diseases that disformed their bodies. It was honestly scary. The hospital is free to the people so there is always a waiting line. Each nurse sees about 40 patients per day.

27: We handed out stuffed animals to all of the children staying at the hospital. The local news crew came and interviewed us about the work we were doing to help their country.

28: The Reason Why

29: Project Guatemala: -Build a Safe Place for the mothers to leave their children during the day while they are at work. When the mothers of Guatemala leave for work in the morning, they lock their children inside of their homes. The streets are too dangerous for them to be wandering about on. This routine went on for quite sometime until one day, a mother came home to find that her house had burned down. The windows and doors were barred shut, so the children had no escape from the fire. They never made it out. So, we decided that something needed to be done. We went and build a Daycare center that provided a nutritious meal, a safe environment, and the beginnings of an education everyday. The mothers no longer have to worry about losing their children.

30: Project | Guatemala: | Building the School

31: The main reason that we put this trip together was to build a school for the local kids. Before we came, the mothers would lock their kids inside their homes while they went out to work during the day. Last year, one of those houses caught fire with the kids locked inside. The kids never made it out of the house. We didn't want this to go on any longer. So, we made a safe place for the mothers to leave their children during the day. The kids now are able to eat a good meal everyday and are getting an education.

33: Painting the Town!

34: Angelitos "Little Angels"

35: The Preschool

37: Guatemala

38: The People

40: Friends | "I will stop loving you when an apple fruit grows on a mango tree on the 30th day of February."

42: The Last Goodbye . . . | Forever and Always

43: You Don't forget the Ones you Love . . .

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