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Help a local family have a home.

$1,552 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 38 months
These are my friends Maribel, Mario and their 2 children Carolina (2 yrs) and Daniel (5 yrs). They are originally from San Antonio Palopo on Lago Atitlan, Guatemala. They now live in San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala where I have been living on and off for over 10 years.  I have gotten to know Maribel and Mario well over the last two years and I have been helping them out financially, to allow Daniel to begin school, which he LOVES. Also, to pay for food and lodging.

They came to San Pedro to try to sell local clothes and crafts to the tourists that come through in abundance here. They set up their "stand" daily on the side of an abandoned building. They do not have a home and have to pay every night to stay at a very run down hostal. They pay $4 per night to stay all together in one room, with one bed, no blankets and no kitchen. Any food they buy, is packaged or prepared.

The days they sell nothing, they will owe to the hostal to sleep and have no money for food. Sometimes, they sell enough to pay for their room, and eat, but in the slower tourist season, they are in debt to the hotel for weeks and have no money for food and have to go hungry. Now that Carolina is not breastfeeding, they have another mouth to feed.

Last year they approached me about loaning them money to buy a small one room house, so they have a place to live and cook. I have not worked in a long time and have no money to give them... although I still try to help out with food and lodging.

They can buy a small house for $600 and have enough left over to pay for Daniel's school for 2 years! I would love to raise as much money as I can for this very sweet, gentle family. I have come to care greatly for them, and would love to see them get on their feet! Please help out as much as you can, even $5 will help them sleep and eat for one day. Thank you for your generosity! I will post again, when they receive what we can raise for them!

P.S. the cute white girl is Milla, my friend's daughter who they loooove!
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UPDATE! I am trying every way I can to get about $3000 CAD to continue building the house for this family. Thanks to donations on gofundme and private donations, we have now bought the land, started the building, secured Daniel's space in school, and helped this family survive the low season. All we need are a few more donations, and we can get this lovely family out of their hostal, and into a small 2 room house. I am trying any way I can. This website takes 7% of all donations, so private is better, but if you wish to donate and have no other way to donate, this is fine! Please share on your page, donate, and help this family! Thank you so much!
the kids
got the title! Thanks to donations!
We have started building!
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A lot of news! We have found small piece of land that I am preparing to buy on Tuesday! I would also like to raise money to build a small house for the family to live in so they can move out of the hostel. All the money raised so far has gone to help the family survive the slow season, paying for school, doctors, rent and food. Now, I would like to actually get them a home they can call their own so they can focus on tuition for the kids and nutritious food, that they can cook themselves. There are many people donating and offering services to help: Bruce, my partner is offering sessions via skype and anything donated will go to this fund.
Also, Nicole Gowan via facebook is offering her commissions for any Arbonne product she sells.
Todd Canning is selling homemade wooden yoga blocks for $10 minimum and is donating all the money to the cause. Anything anyone can do would be extremely helpful! Bake sale, karma yoga class, "healing services", if you can come up with something to help, this family might actually get a home in a month! Thank you for all your help!
this is their room at the hostel.
This is their Hostel, with no kitchen.
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Here we are again! I am going to Guatemala soon and I wanted to re-post with an update. I have heard of a new house for sale that the family likes and I will be going there to hopefully look at it and buy it for them! I have used all the money to support the family for the last 5 months with school, housing and food. I will be switching Daniel to the private school and hopefully setting them up in better, more permanent housing. I will be using my own money (from my inheritance from my mom) and hopefully with enough donations, we will have enough! Keep sharing and donating! Even $20 can help feed this family for a month. Thank you to everyone who has donated. You have changed their lives!
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I have been struggling with my mission to raise enough money to buy my friends a home. As prices in San Pedro have risen in the last year. We still have feelers out, as the season moves into low season, prices will drop and we may get a great deal!

As of right now, the money we have raised so far is covering their costs of living through the low season and into the high season. Thank you everyone, they and I are so so grateful!

I would still love to change their lives! The focus now will be on sending Daniel to a good school. It costs $525 a year and includes breakfast! Also, to help cover the cost of living, we would need approximately $1500 a year more. If we can keep sharing, and raising more money (either for a house or for school), this would make a huge change for this wonderful family in need. THANK YOU PLEASE SHARE!
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$1,552 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 13 people in 38 months
Created April 5, 2015
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TG
$525
Teresa & Raul Gonzalez
37 months ago

Now the little one can go to school. Will help more as soon as we can. Keep up the good work Carie.

ST
$150
Sol & Jim Taylor
37 months ago

Hi Carie, what a great thing you are doing for this family. I wish we could help out more but are a little strapped at the moment until Jim gets a paying job. House rich, cash poor!! Hope to help out more in the near future. Love, Sol

$200
Anonymous
37 months ago
$50
Anonymous
37 months ago
$100
Anonymous
37 months ago
PL
$72
Peter Lemass
37 months ago

Much love :-)

$200
Anonymous
37 months ago
LL
$20
Lena Lu
38 months ago

I am envisioning them in their new home with love.

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