Solar Lamps for the Community
Very few homes in Santa Maria have electricity and this poses a problem for children trying to study at night. In 2019, we hope to place a solar light package in at least 200 homes to help these families.
Opened in late 2011, we have two full-time physicians and a dentist providing general medicine and pediatric care. Without our clinic the people would only have access to a small government-run program that does not have a full time physician.
Many of the adults cannot read or write and speak Kaquichkel, a Mayan dialect. Their children must know Spanish in order to enroll in school. We provide education for more than 100 children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. In addition to reading, writing, math, geography, and science projects, we also provide a daily meal to help combat the chronic malnutrition.
Our children's library is open 5 days a week and has over 2,000 books for children to use. We also have an audiobook library with more than 100 books where children also can listen to the book while reading. Our program was honored when Susan Soh (who organized and donated the audiobook library) was selected by the Girl Scouts as one of only 10 gold award winners in 2018. Thank You Susan!