And another pesky fly gets stuck in the ointment. As of last week, after over 6 longs months of project planning, proposal writing, fund-raising, and waiting waiting waiting, the women's group pila project was fully funded by a few very generous donors back home (a BIG thanks goes out to them). This week I had the check in my hands and called a meeting with the women to spread the good news and organize a buying committee. Their project is really happening, and they couldn't seem prouder.
Yesterday, however, my project specialist called me with some not-so-good news. The Dollar-Quetzal exchange rate has changed since we originally submitted our proposal to Washington, thus the amount raised in dollars produced a little over Q1000 less then what we originally had requested (Q1000 will buy three pilas). Luckily, the Washington desk agreed to re-post the project to raise the missing funds.
So here's the deal: we still need to raise $219.65. So all of you great people out there reading this--now is your chance to help! Please please donate! Donate $5, $10, whatever you can. A donation of $40 will buy one new pila. A donation of $20 will buy one women two "laminas," or metal roofing sheets, to act as a lean-to rainguard for her pila. Every little bit helps.
Help empower the women of Tzibal. Bring them pilas.
To read the project summary and make your donation online, click here.
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