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All About the Charity- El Nahual

GUATEMALA | Tuesday, 13 October 2009 | Views [716]

Hola people
Below is a letter from the volunter coordinators and its aimed at trying to raise some money for the school. I wont go into it because the letter explains it all. No doubt 
everyday you recieve a note from someone asking for money and so I understand if you dont want to give. If you do however, its really easy and the best thing is that you can donate as little or as much as you want!
read below for details.
Also if you want to se directly where your money is going have a look at the photos of the children in the Guatemala photo galleries on this site. Also you can se a few photos
of me lifting some heavy rocks at the construction site. Things are coming along really nicely but with some extra cash the building can be finished this year!

El Nahual Community Center is reaching a critical juncture in our
development as an organization. Thanks to support from donations and
dedicated fundraising efforts, we were able to purchase a plot of land
near our current location on the outskirts of Quetzaltenango back in
2007. This land is the site of our future community center, which we
are building day by day, brick by brick. Having our own building will
ensure that we will no longer lose a substantial portion of our income
every month, as we rent our present location. We are committed to
expanding our current programming in this new building, which will
house the Manos de Colores El Nahual after-school program, an
accelerated primary school for adults who never had the opportunity to
complete their formal education, a free or low-cost primary school for
local children, a family health clinic, a free public sports field, a
community garden and kitchen, and workshops for the community on
skilled trades, nutrition, and microenterprise, among other things.
Our philosophy is ¨education for social development¨, and we are
dedicated to serving these children and families through the
thoughtful, creative, and innovative instruction they may not
otherwise receive.

However, we cannot accomplish any of these important objectives
without your help. Construction of our new building has progressed to
the point where we need to purchase items of substantial cost and size
in order to continue building. These basic necessities include doors,
windows, flooring, a roof, and walls. We are asking for any help you
and your friends and family are able to give us. One door costs
US$230; a meter of tile flooring is US$60. Once again, we must stress
that without the installation of the above listed items, construction
cannot continue. Please consider donating as much as you can, and
asking your friends and family to do the same. If 10 people you know
decide to give just $10 each, the construction of the new El Nahual
Community Center comes closer and closer to completion!

For your ease we have established an online Click & Pledge system,
which you can access via the following link:
http://www.languageselnahual.com/svprogram.htm. This allows you to
calculate the total costs of your donations in US dollars and wire the
money directly to us via a secure server. Please note that we are
charged administrative fees for the use of this online system, so we
ask that you calculate 6% over your total sum in order to cover these
fees (example: for a $50 total donation please pay $55 to ensure we
are not charged). For those who prefer not to wire money, we can also
accept checks in dollars or quetzales. Simply send your post via
airmail to:

Asociación de Centro Idiomas El Nahual, 27 Avenida 8-68, Zona 1,
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

We thank you for all of your help as we continue to expand our
programs and offer creative, thoughtful instruction and social support
to families in Quetzaltenango. We could not continue this important
work without the ongoing support of our incredibly dedicated and
talented group of volunteers and staff.

Many thanks,
The El Nahual community

El Nahual Community Education Center
email: cdl.elnahual@gmail.com
teléfono: (502) 7765-2098
dirección: 27 avenida 8-68 zona 1, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, C.A.

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