Archive for October, 2010

Another Big Steel Box of Love

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

It just wasn’t big enough. We filled it till there was no room to spare but there were still so many needs remaining for the Guatemala children’s village. So we’re going to do it once again and try to cram the stuff that was left behind into another very large metal box and ship it to Guatemala.

Even though not all the items we needed to send were included in the shipment, everything we did send was deeply appreciated and put to use. In some cases within minutes of being unloaded from the container. E.g., the refrigerators were a huge blessing and no time was wasted in getting them installed in the homes.

Residents of the Los Pinos Children's Village unload the most recent container load of goodies.

Residents of our Los Pinos Children's Village unload the container full of goodies they recently received from ICC HQ and ICC supporters.

Even with all the we did send in the last container, there are many needs still to be met at Los Pinos. A few examples are good quality used sofas, a brush hog with PTO, mechanics hand tools for auto, truck and farm repair and even more refrigerators. As always, financial contributions to defray direct costs are appreciated.

Residents of our Los Pinos Children's Village place the goods from our recent container shipment into storage awaiting distribution

Residents of our Los Pinos Children's Village place the items they received in our recent container shipment into storage awaiting distribution.

So we’ve started the process of shipping a second container to Los Pinos in January, 2001. Which means that once again we need your invaluable contributions so we can meet the needs of our Los Pinos Children’s Village. Please contact Doug Congleton here at ICC HQ to let him know how you can help. Here’s Doug’s Email. Here’s our phone number: 800.422.7729. Thanks for all you do for “His Kids!”

Young men from our Los Pinos Children's Village carry a stack of chairs from our recent container shipment into storage.

Thanks to Joel Carpio, our Los Pinos administrator, for the photos.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

A Small Church With A Big Heart

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

In 2006, ICC began a special sponsorship campaign called “One Church, One Child.” Since the start of this program, many churches, big and small, have partnered with ICC in providing for the care of orphaned and vulnerable children. This initiative continues to be a blessing for ICC’s children.

An exterior view of the Portales, NM, SDA church.

The Portales, New Mexico, SDA church.

Recently, our attention was drawn to one particular church that has a big (and growing) heart for “His Kids.” This church of 22 members, most on fixed incomes, is located in the small town of Portales, New Mexico. In January of 2007, this church joined ICC’s One Church, One Child campaign. Accompanying their most recent sponsorship donation was a note which read:

“Because God has blessed our group we are adding funds for two more children. So now we will be paying for eight children each month instead of six.”

The ever expanding generosity of this church merited further investigation. What was this church like? What caused the members to continue to expand their support far beyond the original scope of only sponsoring one child?

Interior view of the Portales, New Mexico, SDA church.

The congregation of the Portales, New Mexico, SDA church during services.

One of the church members, Merlene Olmsted, provided insights into how the church’s involvement with ICC has grown over the years. She said that the church decided to sponsor two children at the beginning. “We didn’t even know how it would go,” Merlene recalled.

As time passed, support increased. Merlene continued, “We would be going along and the church treasurer would say, ‘We have this much money, and we’re way ahead. Why don’t we sponsor more children?’”

About once a quarter, Merlene shares with the church news or information from the Que Pasa newsletter, ICC’s website or something one of the sponsored children has written. Recently, at an evening board meeting after one of those presentations was made, the treasurer indicated that there was $1,000 in the sponsorship fund for the children and there was only a few months left in the year. The board decided then to sponsor two more children bringing the total number to eight. That is more than one third of the church’s membership! With these latest additions, the church now sponsors three children in Congo, two children in the Dominican Republic and one child each from Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
Int’l Development Director ICC

Strong Enrollment Continues For ICAP

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Dr. Alejandro D‘Oleo, ICC’s Director of Education for Central American projects, recently prepared a report showing enrollment statistics for ICAP, otherwise known as Instituto de Capacitación Adventista del Petén. This is a boarding school for secondary studies in Guatemala. Here are some particulars:

Total Enrollment – 423

Male students – 248
Female students – 175
High school or college preparatory students – 26
Junior high school students (Grades 7-9) – 75

Dr. D'Oleo and graduates of ICAP

Dr. Alejandro D'Oleo (fourth from left) with ICAP graduates in 2006.

Students in Specific Areas of Study

Agriculture – 97
Auto mechanics – 93
Accounting program – 47
Teacher Training – 44
Home Economics – 30
Adult education for a GED – 11

The ICAP campus lies next to our Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala. ICC has operated this school since 1991. During the past few years, enrollment has steadily increased. This testifies to the tremendous program that is being offered to young people in that country.

ICAP administration building

ICAP administration building

The school year in Guatemala lasts from mid-January through late November. ICAP’s graduation weekend this year will be November 26-28.

German Embassy Donates To Los Pinos Bakery

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Note: There will be an update to this post in the near future.

A few months ago, Anabela Alejos, director of ICC’s work in Guatemala City, sent out letters to various businesses and embassies asking for support of the children’s village in Peten. The German embassy responded that they would like to help. On Thursday, September 9, Anabela visited the embassy where she was given a check. The amount was €9,666 Euros which is about $12,275. The funds are to be used for purchasing equipment for the children’s village bakery.

Anabela receives the donation from an official of the German Embassy

Anabela receives the donation from an official of the German Embassy

New Residents at ICC Nicaragua Farm

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Thanks to recent donations, the Fountain of Life ICC Children’s Village in Nicaragua has been able to increase the size of its dairy herd. Currently there are nine cows giving milk and ten heifers that will be giving birth in about eighteen months. The milk cows have given birth to six calves. That makes a total of twenty-five cows with the potential of ten others on the way.

One of the new new cows at the ICC Nicaragua farm

One of the new cows at the ICC Nicaragua farm.

The September 2010 edition of ICC’s Que Pasa Newsletter features a personal message from Rick Fleck that tells of the blessing this dairy is to our children and the local community. A copy of that Que Pasa can be found here.

In addition to the dairy herd, the Fountain of Life Children’s Village is also raising chickens. In total there are seventy-seven chickens. These include sixty-one hens, four roosters, and twelve chicks. Eggs from the chickens provide food for our children and any excess can be sold.

Chickens from the ICC Nicaragua farm

Some of the new chickens at the ICC Nicaragua Farm.

What a blessing it is to have a growing number of animals on this campus. As well as providing milk and eggs for the children and community, they provide a small source of revenue and allow some of the children to learn animal husbandry.

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
Int’l Development Director ICC

Nicaragua Project Aids Devastated Community

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

One of the benefits of using the family model in caring for the children in our program is so the children may learn by example. Watching their parents and our project administrators participate in the local community as involved citizens is a powerful way to teach the children to become responsible citizens themselves.

On Friday, September 24th, 2010, tropical storm Matthew blew in from the Caribbean to make landfall on the eastern coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua headed for Belize and Guatemala.

Satellite Image of Tropical Storm Matthew

Tropical Storm Matthew approaches the eastern coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras. The Yucatan peninsula of Mexico can be seen in the upper left of the photo.

The slow-moving storm spent the weekend delivering torrential rains, flooding and mudslides to Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, Guatemala and Southern Mexico. Bridges collapsed and roads were washed away. Some towns were buried in mudslides. In Nicaragua alone 65 people were reported to have lost their lives.

Thankfully neither the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village in Nicaragua, our Los Pinos Children’s Village in Guatemala nor the Escuela Adventista Children’s Village in El Salvador were adversely effected by the storm.

Sadly many people in the region surrounding the Fuente de Vida Children’s Village were not so fortunate. 25 miles of roads were impacted by wash-outs and water wells were fouled leaving many of the poorest people of the area isolated without food, drinking water or communication. Nicaragua’s national economy has also been effected because the region around Fuente de Vida is the main producer of peanuts, shrimp and cattle products in Nicaragua.

Over the past couple of weeks, Félix Almendarez, our administrator in Nicaragua, has responded to this disaster by taking what milk, drinking water, food and household items the families at Fuente de Vida could spare.

One of the cows from the ICC Nicaragua project.

One of our cows from our farm at the Fuente de Vida Children's Village in Nicaragua.

Félix has been transporting water to the effected families by using our tractor to haul a tank of clean water. He has also given what food we could spare from our crops and milk from our cows. It is this kind of selfless response to neighbors in need that we want the children to see and from which we hope they will learn to adopt the same values.

The Farm Tractor From the Fuente de Vida Children's Village

The farm tractor from the Fuente de Vida Children's Village that Félix has been using to haul water to the effected refugees of Tropical Storm Matthew.

Still more is needed. The mayor of the department of Chinendega has asked Félix if he, and by extension the ICC family, could help provide further basic food items for the displaced families. You can help us and Félix purchase sorely needed staple foods such as rice, beans, oil and sugar. All that is needed is $300–$400. Please consider giving even a small donation to aid these families.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC