her service sabbatical in 2000-2001, Jody spent
the first school term at Friars Point Elementary
School, helping a Teach for America teacher. She
brought boxes of donated books as well as her teaching
skills and commitment to literacy.
House provides a place to stay for the
families of very sick children while they are
in or being treated at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical
David Cyr of Hartland died of leukemia in 1984
at age 5 and had spent lots of time at the hospital.
He told his parents he wished he could bring other
kids home with them to share their safe place.
David collected coins and said he was saving for
he died, David's father searched through the house
and found stashes of David's coins: $300.78! His
parents took this and began a massive fund raising
to build the first David's House, which opened in
1986. CHC was proud to participate in the 20th Anniversary
Fund Drive - matching and then doubling David's
conducted a book drive to collect books for the Apalachicola
Bay Charter School, supported for several years by RMS learning
specialist Patti Dodds and her family during their April
vacations. We were able to send down over one thousand books
to be placed in a new library and the individual classrooms.
CHC HELPS CHILDREN AFFECTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
CHC collected clothing,
backpacks, and funds to support displaced families from
New Orleans after the Katrina Hurricane. Our contact was
a member of Hanover's Boyle family living in Baton Rouge
who was working with others to help children integrate into
the Baton Rouge schools.
is a local medical group that has worked in El Rosario for
many years. They built a clinic, trained a nurse for year-round
care, and send a medical team to El Rosario four times a
CONTACT: Dean Seibert, in the blue shirt,
has been one of the strongest leaders.
funds with ACTS medical volunteers to purchase supplies
for the school children and soccer equipment. Stateline
Sports of West Lebanon donated soccer shirts. Jody went
down during her sabbatical and brought over a hundred school
books purchased in Guatemala for the El Rosario school and
the schools in surrounding villages.
CHC Sent Soccer Shirts
Donated by Stateline Sports.
HELPS IN SAN
de Niños Buen Samaritano:
of The Good Samaritan Orphanage
All information comes from the website of the
local foundation. We encourage you to visit and
the website and will join us in supporting this
inspiring work. Friends of The Good Samaritan
Orphanage is a non-profit charity which
supports this unique orphanage in Honduras.
Director Gayle Aspinwall, Hanover resident
and family friend of CHC 2011 member, Tatiana,
who had learned about the orphanage and its work
with some of the most profoundly handicapped children
in Honduras. We were honored to help this year.
Gayle grew up in Honduras
and spent her teenage years in San Pedro Sula. She was
introduced to this orphanage on a visit to her mother
in 2006 and was stunned by the incredible work of the
nuns who run the home for many of the most severely
challenged children in the country. She writes about
her first experience:
impressed me most was the smiles on the children's
faces, they stirred and made every effort to get
our attention. It was lunch time and children
who could use their hands were helping the nuns
feed those who couldn't. We walked through three
large dormitories, greeting the children; then
we went into an enclosed porch where children
in wheelchairs sat at a table to eat. I was speechless
when I first saw Josue who, unable to use his
hands, was using his feet to spoon soup into his
mouth. Not a drop was missed, and he smiled. This
incident taught me how limited, we, the 'capable'
can be and that creativity and empowerment go
the distance. I was also struck by how blind the
nuns and children were to their handicaps, they
saw only persons sitting next to them.
Hogar de Niños Buen
Samaritano is run by Sister Maria del Carmen
Huezo Superiora. She and her staff of eleven sisters
and novices have enriched the lives of boys and girls
adopted into the children's home since 1989. Their guiding
philosophy is the dignity of each person and the promotion
of life: We cannot change the world, but with our
experience we can influence our family life, our work,
our community of giving to others. The children
they adopt are those abandoned by parents who cannot
care for them due to their handicaps; some reach the
home via referrals from public hospitals; and some folks
drop the children off at their gate. All of the children
are received with love, care, respect, dignity and stimulation
from all who live in the home. All funds raised support
the children's daily needs, quality of life and a building
expansion effort to increase the capacity of handicapped
children and add abandoned elder women to the existing
community of 70 boys and girls.
AND THE FRIENDS OF THE GOOD
THANK SOLMATE SOCKS!
~ Proyecto Biblioteca de Guatemala
Rigoberto Zamora Charúc
and his brother, Antonio, grew up in a small Mayan village and
went to an elementary school without books. Both were lucky
enough to continue their education and learned the power of
education and reading. Rigoberto created an excellent, not-for-profit
Spanish language school, Probigua, so that he could use the
profits to build libraries in small villages like their own.
CHC got involved and Rigoberto selected a school for us to support.
During her sabbatical, Jody traveled to Antigua and hand delivered
CHC funds for the library. She also helped organize the books
in the Probigua mobile library, the largest in Central America,
which travels to schools each day and parks in the square for
afterschool access each afternoon. Rigoberto also helped her
use CHC funds to purchase over a hundred books for the students
in El Rosario, Honduras - her next stop.
HELPS ANTONIO ZAMORA
SAN RICARDO SCHOOL & CHIMALTENANGO HOSPITAL
RICARDO: Rigoberto's brother Antonio works
at Probigua, but he has also made a commitment to
projects of his own. He discovered the small village
of San Ricardo and asked for CHC support to help villagers
build a new kitchen and clean water supply at the
school. He visited the Upper Valley through connections
with the Finers and is shown here with CHC students,
preparing for a fundraising dinner at the school.
FOUNDATION HELP: The next year, Richmond
Principal Susan Finer and Jody received a generous
grant from the Byrne Foundation to support Antonio's
projects. In addition to the new kitchen, the
funds were used to pay for materials to build
a new kindergarten classroom and new latrines
for the school.
TEACHERS ERIN MADORY AND JODY HORAN SUPPORT ANTONIO ~ TRIP
CHC raised funds
for Jody and RMS Spanish teacher, Erin Madory,
to take down and purchase supplies and books for
the children: Each child received a notebook,
pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, and ruler. Erin
and Jody also delivered the building funds from
the Byrne Foundation Grant. What an honor!
Ricardo also asked
us to help him support a new program at the National
Hospital in Climaltenango. An inspiring woman,
Emma de Mata, had set up a pediatric program,
supporting very poor mothers as well as caring
for their children in the hospital. The Byrne
Foundation grant supported Emma's work along with
the building projects in San Ricardo.
SOUTH AMERICA: BOLIVIA
CONTACT: EMILY ULRICH
Nursery & Day Care
CHC Helps Staff & Families
Build a Fence
(RMS '02, Hanover High '06 and Dartmouth '11) volunteered
at Mis Huelitas Day Care & Nursery in a very poor section
of Cocabamba. She asked CHC if we could help them build
a fence around their yard: if we paid for the materials,
the families and staff would build it.The fence now allows
the children to play outside safely, and there is room for
a communal vegetable garden as well.