Recently, Framingham MakerSpace members provided tools and labor to establish a woodworking shop and taught Scratch computer programming at Bendición de Dios, a non-profit private school in Alotenango, Guatemala.

Workbench ready for the kids

Workbench ready for the kids

First carpentry class

First carpentry class

Using power tools

Using power tools

While there, we visited some of the students’ homes and were appalled at the living conditions. Rusted corrugated steel walls and roof, dirt floors, chickens and dogs roaming throughout, a single 6' x 8' bedroom for the entire family, an outdoor "kitchen" with a wood fired stove creating smoke that made breathing extraordinarily difficult.  

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Asociación Bendición de Dios has upgraded more than two hundred of these houses with a concrete bedroom and bathroom over the years, but the process has been necessarily piecemeal. The founder/director, Julio Garcia Gonzalez, explained to us that land ownership was necessary in order to build a house, and few of their families have access to the required money. We asked what it would take to buy a piece of land for many houses to be built from scratch. He said he could get land for 15-20 homes for about $30,000, and, if he could get the land, he has donors and other means to build the houses. An anonymous donor committed to providing the initial payment of $10,000 to establish the fund. We still need to raise $20,000 within the next six months to make this dream a reality.

Please help give our families a home. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the Home 💝 Heart : Dignifying Life Project today!

Today I speak from my heart to your heart. I ask you to help us build a better community for our children. Once we have donations for the land purchase, we can start construction on these houses.
— Julio Garcia Fernandez
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Home 💝 Heart Fundraiser

Fireseed Arts is hosting a Home 💝 Heart Project Fundraiser on May 11 from 7-10 pm. There will be music and food and lots of good cheer! We’d love to have you join us!

RSVP to info@framinghammakerspace.org

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For more information about Under the Same Moon, visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UTSMGuatemala/.

For more information about Framingham MakerSpace, visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Framingham-Makerspace-193223204165086/