I have not been active blogging or politically active in weeks, but I am obviously getting an itch after a little break. I was in a huge discussion talking about breaking the poverty cycle, arguing that we need to look at ending poverty with the next generation, not discounting programs tday because they aren’t helping immediately.
Groups that are doing a good job of changing for future generations, are the small Lutheran congregations in the mountain villages of Guatemala. I had the opportunity to visit a village this spring with my father-in-law, and really regret not going. Last month, that village had their crops destroyed in flooding. They saved the newly built church my father-in-law helped build, by building gullies around the church to divert water, but they lost their food for the winter, mostly corn and beans, and their seed for next year’s planting.
My father in law started a small fundraiser through Razoo (the organization that does Give to the Max day) in conjunction with a St. Paul area Lutheran organization that will donate all of the donations to the village of Milagro de Dios for flood relief. The Lutheran church will be buy food for the villagers to survive the winter, and seeds for next growing season.
If you can contribute anything, even $10, I hope you will make a donation to help the families who work really hard just to live out a meager existence, and who cannot afford this natural disaster. It may not be on the disaster scale of Haiti or Indonesia, but that does not make it less important. Think about how cool it is that just a thousand dollars collected by 100 of us could save a village.
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