Hi, my name is Kara. I'm just your average Canadian girl that wants to make a difference in the world we live in. Along with my mom, we have a goal to raise enough money to purchase and gift children in Guatemala with blankets. A few years ago my family spent time down in Guatemala visiting a ministry, and learning about the local culture. It started the ball rolling... Last year I spent a year volunteering in the same area that we had visited. I was working as a teacher, and the children's homes that I visited were so rough and with no real source of warmth. This added encouragement to the dream, and so my mom and I started raising money to purchase blankets. While I had been in Guatemala through the help of a local friend we found a vendor that sold the blankets locally, and since then we've been purchasing them from him.
In the ministry that we were visiting there are in total 8 schools, with about 100 children in each. When the blankets are gifted each individual child receives a blanket, and so there can be many gifted to each family depending on the amount of kids. So we are helping the local economy by supporting the blanket vendor, who is using the profit to support himself and his brother. The local communities are also being impacted as the kids are able to sleep well at night, wrapped up in their cozy, warm blankets.
What We Need & What You Get
Each blanket is $10 each (canadian). Absolutely all the money raised goes directly towards purchasing blankets. There are 8 schools in total and so far we have raised enough money to cover four of the schools. So we are half way there. We still need to raise about $10 000. It feels a little far off right now, but I know with help we can accomplish it. My mom owns her own business, creating and selling bison leather journals. Along with that she makes bison leather bookmarks, and all the profits from the bookmarks goes towards the blankets. Another thing we are doing to raise money is bringing pop bottles/cans into the bottle Depot in exchange for money. But this won't get us up to our goal, and so we need your help!!
Other Ways You Can Help
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