Well, for the past 6 months or so my wife and I have been working diligently to found the non-government organization Sembrar para Cosechar in Guatemala. In the States it will be the Merlo Foundation, but if you travel to Guatemala, you will need to call it by another name. We have been in the homes of dozens of children and adults who are marked with seriously debilitating illnesses and ailments, none of whom have resources to provide aid or help. We have been there walking a mile in their shoes and let me tell you, it was a long mile for us but only a mile for them. There are many in this world who are suffering, and in the United States, I believe, we have a unique ability to help meet those needs.
The truth is, we didn’t give more than time. We invested time by witnessing a lot of need, and seeing how we might be able to come along side the needs that people have, and what we might be able to do about it. But that is always the question right? How do we help without creating dependence? How do we help without creating more problems? Well I don’t have all the answers, but we didn’t give a dime… yet.
We did however teach an English class and a principles of leadership and organizational management course in the hopes that we might provide some non-tangible knowledge-based help that people might be able to lift themselves out of poverty, or enable people to find better employment, or at least create a safe (and free) place for people to learn in. We did spend a lot of time in homes, sitting with crying mothers, and playing with socially ignored children. We did help carry a very heavy burden, if only for a moment.
With all that said, we are back and ready for 2012. We will be taking on new clients. Nathan will be enrolling in a UC Riverside college admissions counseling program that will further equip him to effectively counsel for college admissions and prepare your students for a successful college career. We might even find some students who want to take on Guatemala as a Senior Service Project, or for the more daring, a GAP year service project. If you’re interested, please call me!
(619) 823-5974 (NATHAN)