CEPA Foundation gives back: helping families and children in Guatemala
Situated in the heart of Sacatepéquez County, the Mayan village "Vuelta Grande" is located only a few miles from Antigua. The indigenous population of "Vuelta Grande" is extremely impoverished, and the average standard of life falls far short of that in more developed areas. Through our volunteers, we hope to increase the basic standard of living for this community of 300 large families.
In "Vuelta Grande", over 70% of children suffer from malnutrition, and every third child will remain illiterate throughout his or her life. By the age of ten, it is often necessary for children to contribute to the needs of the family, which results in a chronic lack of education. The combination of these unfortunate factors results not only in lifelong negative health implications but also further limits the opportunities of the younger generation.
It is our goal to help the families, the children, and this community to attain a self-sustaining future through education. Through both early-childhood education as well as continuing education for adults, we hope to foster a culture of learning. To this end, CEPA Foundation is working in cooperation with the local non-profit foundation "Corazones Libres (Free Hearts Foundation)", the founder of which has been active in advocating for the Mayan community for over 20 years.
Our Long-term Goals
"Help for self-help" is the key to success. This goal can be achieved by better education and training of children and adolescents can be achieved. We work together with the on-site organization "Corazones Libres (Free Hearts Foundation)" whose founder has been working for the interests of the Maja population for over 20 years.
- Introduce learning and to create perspectives through various school and educational projects children from the preschool age onwards
- To send young people to secondary schools and to enable them to receive vocational training
- Fighting hunger through provinding school meals and help prevent any child has to learn on an empty stomach
- To improve the housing situation by building simple but functional houses
- To procure energy-efficient and reduced-smoke cooking stoves for every family
- To eliminate the catastrophic hygienic conditions through the purchase of dry toilets
- Operate a small infirmary with reliable medical care 1-2 times a week
- Provide a reliable and safe water supply through the construction of wells and pipes
- To raise awareness about health and nutrition through advice
- To provide professional training for women
We are happy to report that on July 28, 2018, the eco-friendly stoves that Humber donated were delivered to members of the communityWith a total donation amount of 10,000 CAD, Humber College and the Rotary Chapter in Etobicoke supported the purchasing of 50 smoke reduced stoves for the families in Vuelta Grande.
The stoves come with a chimney that extracts the smoke from the cooking area and reduces the inhalation of smoke by the family members. Additionally, the stoves consume 60-70% less combustible material, thus greatly reducing the amount of firewood that is gathered.