Guatemala fundraiser has ambitious goal

Qualicum Beach resident wants to raise $20,000 for poor children

Qualicum Beach resident Louise Sosa is fundraising for Aldea Maya

Qualicum Beach resident Louise Sosa has a big task.

She needs to raise $20,000 for the non-profit organization she supports to educate kids in a poor village in Guatemala. Sosa has been fundraising for Aldea Maya and its efforts in the Guatemalan highlands that assists indigenous Mayans to help themselves through education, nutrition, garden projects and micro-loans.

Most students in Chuk Muk are hungry and ill-equipped but a primary school that sponsors the kids is changing all that and this year funding helped start a middle school in the village.

For six years now Sosa has been raising funds to help pay teachers salaries and buy school supplies.

At Christmas she sells cards handmade by students from various schools in District 69 with proceeds going towards educating villagers.

Sosa said Aldea Maya supports a lot of projects in the village including teaching kids and adults how to grow a garden and make nutritious meals from the fruits of their labour.

Every January she to travels to the area to help train students and villagers and brings donations collected in Oceanside.

While in the village she pays fair trade prices for beadwork bracelets, and other items, which she sells locally to raise money for the students she has grown to know and love.

When the middle school opened this year, Sosa said she was hoping to get 20 students and 40 showed up.

“Normally they don’t go past Grade six.  I have known a lot of these kids for a long time and the thought of them not going on to middle school is sad,” she admitted.

She said with more students moving on they might have 70 students in middle school next year so she will need to raise a lot of money.

Beautiful bead work by Mayan villagers will be sold outside of Dolly’s Home Hardware during Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice Festivities tomorrow.

 

Just Posted

Parksville’s Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor celebrate 50 years

Week of ‘60s-themed activities starts on April 26

UPDATE: Missing kayakers located safe and sound in Welcome Bay

Pair were reported missing April 22, in vicinity of Lasqueti Island

Review: The Magic of ‘Almost, Maine’

ECHO Players production runs through May 5 at the Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Pug life: B.C. town boasts waggish list of dog names

Freedom-of-information request lists most ‘pupular’ dog names registered in White Rock

VIDEO: Duncan-Nanaimo’s Funkanometry bow out of ‘World of Dance’ with ‘After Hours’ routine

Judges praised them as entertainers, and urged them to work a bit more on their dancing

VIDEO: Fish farming company launches $30-million vessel to treat salmon for sea lice in B.C. waters

Freshwater treatment an improvement but fish farms should be removed from sea, says conservationist

Singh says childhood abuse steeled him for scrutiny and stress of politics

He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book Love & Courage

Despite five extra weeks’ parental leave in Canada, dads still face stigma: survey

One reason people said dads don’t need leave is because they can just bond with their kids at weekend

Most Read