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A very special school in the village of Santa Maria de Jesus Sac. for Mayan children who can not gain an education in the Guatemalan public school system.
Congratulations Angela, for graduating from ninth grade this year. She came to us in 2005. She has difficulty walking and was made fun of in public school. She plans to continue studying.
She is pictured with Manuel who teaches sixth grade and our middle school classes.
This year the kinder kids graduated and received certificates. Their parents bought them little togas and caps. Jennifer and Judy are happy to be headed for first grade.
All of these those graduating came to us from public school where they were unable to learn. We are the school of last resort. Graduating from sixth grade is a huge accomplishment for them. They are proud and so are we.
Nine graduated from sixth.
First and formost are the children who want an education.
Then comes the parents, school staff and volunteers.
New Life is a non-profit maintained by donations.
Praise God for all those behind the scene providing:
prayer, donations of money and material items, encouragement
and who came down and gave hands-on help
Life is never boreing at New Life. Our teachers are creative. Our students know they are loved but also they must obey the rules, including doing homework.
Do you remember starting kindergarten when your biggest need was for a friend? It's little Dulce's first day of school and she is sure hoping that Damaris will be that friend. The photo caught Damaris with a bite of food. She usually has a huge smile on her face and is a good friend to everyone.
Dulce can hear and understands what she hears. She speaks with lots of expression but it's gibberish, no actual words.
Damaris has cerebral palsy and difficultie speaking.
These cuties are just two of the reasons we need speech therapists.
It is a volunteer position.
Jennifer & Griselda
We are blessed to have Jennifer Ribbink volunteer with us this year. Jen is from Madison, WI. She has a degree in elementry education and experience working with special kids. She is a big help with the pre-kinder and kinder kids.
We appreciate those who raise their own support to come and help at the school. Our budget is small although our goal for providing excelent resources for the kids is big. God is faithful and provides the best.
This is his first year with us.
He went from being last in his class
at public school,
to being King of New Life!
Yamelin is Miss Congeniality.
She won the hearts of everyone this year
with her sweet smile and disposition.
I walked out the door of the school and saw this boy with his chickens.
They were headed for the market.
I don't speak chicken squawk too well but I think I heard them yelling
"Eat more beef!"
Luis has received a power wheelchair. He can go when he wants and he loves it. I will never have all the answers. I do know it is my purpose to serve, to teach Luis and the others about Jesus and His love.
I love my job!!!
A new block house
Thanks to a donation from St Peter Lutheran Church in Denver, IA, the family no longer lives in a cane house with a dirt floor. Money was given & the family built their new home just the way they wanted it. It is secure from the rain and cold. A block house with concrete floor is a middle class home in Santa Maria.
As North Americans we think that everyone would want to live like we do, have the same dreams of what it takes to be happy. This is not true. They are very pleased and say that they never thought they would have nice house.
Byron Alexander has Marfan syndrome a connective tissue disorder. Marfan causes him to be tall and thin, have cardiac, skeletal and vision problems. Byron has studied with us for seven years. He is now in sixth grade. He is exceptional in every way.
On examination it was found that the retina of his right eye was totally detached. He had surgery within days, May 23rd.
The Ophthalmologist, one of the best in Guatemala, says the surgery went very well. The retina was reattached and the lens removed. The outcome won't be known until the eye is healed and Byron is fitted with glasses.
The surgeon did not charge a fee. The anesthesiologist reduced her fee. His cardiologist did a free echocardiogram before he had surgery.
With all these favors the total cost: surgery, medicine, doctor's appointments and new glasses will be very close to $1,000.