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Guatemala Volunteer Trip

$190 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 7 people in 31 months
Chris Plowman  MADISON, WI
Hello friends. 
I'm about to embark on an adventure with a few friends to Guatemala, where I get to use my carpentry skills and what little Spanish I know to help provide basic housing for a family in dire need, as well as assist in the continued survival of an endangered species.
  We will be working with Constru Casa, a non-profit organization that works alongside local partner organizations to identify and select families of exceptional need.
  "Guatemala is among the poorest countries of the Americas with more than half of its population living in poverty.  Particularly acute is the problem of inadequate housing: a typical house is made of cornstalk walls, a dirt floor and a scrap material roof.  Facilities for basic hygiene like clean water and bathrooms are most often nonexistent" (Constru Casa, 2014).
  This is the gist of our purpose for the first week.  The following week, we will head to the coast to work with an organization called ARCAS.  ARCAS is a non-profit organization formed in 1989 by Guatemalan citizens.  Their main concern is focused on natural heritage, especially wildlife.  Guatemalans originally contracted this non-profit organization by building a rescue shelter to care for and rehabilitate wild animals that were being confiscated on the black market by the Guatemalan government.  Since 1989, ARCAS Rescue Center has established its purpose and grown into one of the largest and most complex rescue centers in the world.  Currently, they are receiving between 300-600 animals of more than 40 species per year.
  Now, I thought awhile back, when this idea was conceived, that I would be able to come up with the funding on my own.  But after calculating the cost of airfare/transportation, building materials, and general cost of living(the least of my worries), I realized that I need help.  Not an easy thing for me, asking for help, but if you know me at all, or have any idea of how I grew up(no running water or electricity) you will have a good idea of what this means to me to be able to put my energy directly into this humanitarian and ecological aide.
My question is, "Can you help?"  With all the amazing people in my life, it wouldn't take much from an individual, but it will mean EVERYTHING to me and to those we are able to assist. No expectations, really, just give what you can. And thank you, in advance, to all of you for your time and support.
Heart,
Christopher
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Update 3
Posted by Chris Plowman
29 months ago
Hey everybody, I just wanted to thank all of you for your support in this endeavor, though, due to administrative setbacks with the U.S. Department of State, as well as insufficient funding, I will be sending the girls off to Guatemala on their own tomorrow. If you would like to keep your contribution effective, I have a studio album in progress that is in great need of financial support, which your generous donations will go toward. Otherwise, let me know if you would like a refund, and I will follow suite. I am sad, but also extremely grateful for your help with this idea, and happy for the ladies who are on their way to an adventure of a lifetime! Please be in touch, whatever your wish may be.
Thank you,
Christopher
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Update 2
Posted by Chris Plowman
30 months ago
Plugging away at this project is a big test of patience and faith in humanity, but very exciting, as well! A BIG THANKS to everyone again, for your support!
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Update 1
Posted by Chris Plowman
30 months ago
A big thanks to my first donors! This gig is under way! And if you happen to think you don't have anything to offer, don't believe it. If everyone here donates even $1, I'll really clear my goal! Even words of encouragement are greatly appreciated. I'm not good at asking for any kind of help, especially monetarily. Thanks again for checking this out.
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$190 of $1,200 goal

Raised by 7 people in 31 months
Created May 24, 2014
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29 months ago

I like turtles.....

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30 months ago

Go... Do things... Good things, or else I hope you give refunds ;)

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