In March, MADRE sent one of our Helping Hands shipments to Guatemala that included toys, sewing supplies, clothing, medical equipment and over-the-counter medication, toiletries and school supplies. These shipments are made possible entirely through donations from you, our supporters. Aid – sending things to people who need them – should be incredibly easy; when you have too much of something, and someone else has too little, you should simply be able to give it them. Unfortunately, international aid is often a complicated and time-consuming process, and getting supplies from our generous donors to our partners and sister organizations often requires a great deal of effort from our dedicated staff. So why do we devote time to this particular project, when so much work requires our attention?
Oh, well, that’s easy:
When the supplies arrived, our Program Director Natalia (future MADRE!) got a lovely email from Ana Ceto, the head of MUIXIL, one of our sister organizations in Guatemala, letting us know how happy they were to receive them:
I’m attaching photos of people that received the presents that I
received from MADRE. Thanks a lot for everything. I’m letting you
know that the people are so happy. Inform your team that the work you
all accomplished is enormous.
At least on the trip that I made all was worth it; I brought him something useful.
Well, I wish you the best and take really good care of yourself.
A hug, see you soon”