A House for Luchita
Building for Generations
We have been given a unique opportunity with a MATCHING GRANT!! FOR ANY FUNDS UP TO $2000. RAISED BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 30TH. This grant is specifically for our project in Peru. For a little over $1900 we can build two rooms onto one of our families homes and we plan to complete 2 homes this year. Many of our families remain in temporary shelters set up after the earthquake. Conditions are inadequate and often their child with a disability is ill during the colder months. Some of these homes have walls made of plastic or woven mat. Winters reach temperatures similar to ours, however desert conditions prohibit rain. Our first home will be for a woman named Luchita and her son with Down Syndrome, Antonio.
On May 10th, our board will walk/run the 5 mile Human Race Walkathon & Fun Run. I am asking my friends and family to sponsor us in this effort by giving $10, $20, $50 or whatever you can to help.
You might be asking, “What is the Human Race?” The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations. In Santa Cruz County, it’s the largest collaborative fundraising event and the longest continuous running Human Race in the nation! It has been one of the most successful fundraisers for local nonprofits for over 32 years and it continues to grow. In 2013 the Human Race raised over $212,000 for local charities. Participants receive breakfast and lunch and beautiful West Cliff (site of the run) is filled with entertainment and music along the path.
I understand we are in hard times, but we ask that you please give whatever you can. All donations are tax deductible. Be a part of making a difference in our world by donating $5, $10, $25 (or more). And if you know anyone who would be interested in making a donation, please send them a link to this page or join our team in the walk by clicking join a team at the top of this page. You are also welcome to show up on the day of the race to register.
Our sincere thanks,
Cory and the Board
Paola Cuentas from Peru
Artisan Spotlight of the Week
From Greater Good
Paola Cuentas says,’after finishing school, my first job was in a small workshop that knitted alpaca sweaters. I was so impressed by the skills of the people who could knit, by the ability of the women who did the finishing touches, and I discovered a new focus for my career. I met an English designer who got me started in the different techniques for developing a design. The work that I do has become a personal project. My main motivation is that what began as only an idea has taken form and becomes more real every day. This excites me and impels me to move ahead.’
Read other artisan stories and shop where your money counts at GREATER GOOD
Here is one of the items for sale by Paola. It is a Puno Ochre – Unique Alpaca Wool Poncho.
Our Recent Visit to Peru,
Antonio, on the left is six years old and has Down Syndrome. I met him and his mom three years ago when he began attending our rehabilitation center in Chincha. Antonio was three then and delayed in walking. Thanks to the aide of the centers therapists I then saw his early steps. It has been a pleasure for me to witness several other children with much more severe motor problems accomplish what seemed to be an unsurmountable feat. One of these children was Maria Pilar, who had cerebral palsy and this visit it was a young boy named Eddy. Eddy was born with a deformed urinary tract and has undergone several surgeries. He also had motor and balance problems. I was pleased to be able to video Eddy as he held his arms out to balance and walked across the room for US! Thank you for the hand up, that made this possible!
Building for Generations
News From Building for Generations
by Cory Ibarra
The year 2011, board member Teri Smith and I visited our project in Tanzania. The first day at the site, the smiles of all the children captured my attention until I looked at my friend Teri whose eyes were welling with tears. She choked as she whispered to me “Look at their shoes.” Some were sizes too small with a foot snugly fitting into the front and a heel hitting bare ground in the back, others had the sole of the shoe fastened to its top with a shoelace to keep it held together. Aside from that we found that many of the enrolled children could not attend because they could not walk to school or walk to school safely.
I believe the picture says it all!! Thank you for matching the funds we were offered this Christmas to make the Tanzania Van project possible. Look forward to stories on how it has made a difference, thanks to you!!!!! and the generous offer from our matching grantor!!!!!
About Building For Generations
As the parent of a young adult with special needs, I had the privilege of traveling to the developing world and witnessing the conditions there. The issues remain the same worldwide, that being exclusion from the mainstream and discrimination. It was, however, further exacerbated by extreme poverty and superstition. I understood their challenge and knew their spirit. Out of this, Building for Generations was born.
Our organization was founded in 2005 and received non-profit status in November 2006. The organization currently consists of a core volunteer team of ten persons and a Board of Directors. Founder and volunteer, Cory Ybarra, is the mother of a young adult with special needs and has a degree from San Jose State University in Health Science. She also holds a Certificate in Development Program Management from the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
Support and donate to Building for Generations
If you would like to support a wonderful responsible and effective organization that works in Tanzania and Peru (so far), then I encourage you to learn more about Building for Generations. Here’s a brief description from Cory Ibarra (the director).
Building for Generations
We support education projects with a focus on persons with special needs. We build appropriate facilities to meet the needs of the community. We enhance existing programs with materials and equipment, and reduce physical and social barriers through community education, outreach, and advocacy. We develop sustainable programs and increase economic opportunities.
To build on the strengths of the community with local participation in assessing, planning, constructing and staffing. We are committed to the inclusion of people with special needs in the Millennium Development Goals of 2015. Our projects address these four goals in particular:
(I) Alleviation of poverty
(II) Universal primary education
(III) Improved lives for woman (heads of household)
VIII) Productive work for youth
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The Red Cross has already launched efforts in Japan. Go to Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.
Save the Children has responded. Donations can be made to its
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Lend a hand, provide support and visit:
The Goods: Help Send Relief To Haiti.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.