In November, 2016, Twenty four Oak Grove students, teachers and parents traveled to Guatemala where we connected with Ricardo Armas and his Project Genesis. Ricardo started Project Genesis as a way to help marginalized children in a remote area of Guatemala. His goals are to provide them with education, nutrition, health care, encouragement and support. What our students witnessed first hand was a selfless, incredible man who is determined to give kids hope and permission to dream big! Ricardo has sacrificed much in order to continue providing hope and support for this neighborhood. He left a great job and his family has sacrificed much materially so that they can continue to plant the seeds of hope to children who, without Project Genesis, would not have these options or opportunities. Ricardo recently told me that "before the Project opened, I had full pockets and an empty heart. Now I have a full heart and empty pockets." A recent tragedy reconnected Oak Grove with Ricardo. One of the girls who was served by the Project last year, was killed in the tragic fire outside of Guatemala City that took the lives of 38 students. When we reached out to Ricardo, the children and he were mourning as Ricardo knew that Project Genesis was probably the only place that this young 15 year old girl had ever known love and support.
When we reached out, we also learned that Ricardo's funding has dried up and he is at risk of closing his doors this month.
Ricardo has so many dreams for Project Genesis. A school, a place where students can learn trades like mechanics and electronics, a cafeteria, a clinic... Right now he is simply trying to keep the doors open.
The students of Oak Grove are setting up this Go Fund Me account to help Ricardo realize the dream of Project Genesis. Ricardo's long term goal is to open a school in this remote area. Thanks for helping him realize that dream! We can do this together!!!! Oak Grove will be traveling down there again in June and hope that we can be a part of helping this Project thrive. https://www.genesisguatemala.org/