Thank-you Letter from SLT Scholars in Guatemala
Dennis Evans sent this thank you letter, along with photos (click here to see the photo album), about our recent help for our sponsored students in San Lucas Toliman:
"Dear friends and sponsors
This comes to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and to thank you.
In March Guatemala went into a serious lockdown, which lasted several months. We had a nationwide travel ban. No public transport, and the only cars allowed on the roads were those used for essential services. Police and army enforced a 4pm curfew. The only way to go anywhere was on foot. In San Lucas the lake and park were closed off. Masks had to be worn, and still have to worn, anywhere in public. And many of the sponsored students' parents and older siblings lost their jobs and family income.
We have been in crises before! People rallied around, and the resilience of our people showed. Informal groups started delivering food packages to senior citizens. Girls started doing embroidery at home to sell, even though there was no market. Boys walked miles to collect firewood to sell, so their Mums could buy food. Children wrote of eating only twice a day, or just having a guisquil (chayote) as a meal.
And you, you wonderful people, stepped up to the plate.
In spite of so many calls for help, you didn't forget your sponsored students. We have been able to give out, literally, tons of corn, to the families in the most need. Many of the students received financial help from their sponsors or with money sent for COVID relief.
Apart from the "knuckle down and let's get on with it" attitude of our people here, what has struck me most is the insistence of parents and students that they are not going to give up. The students stayed "in school", given all the difficulties of remote learning. I thought that with the economic situation as it is, we would have many students drop out or not go on. The opposite has happened. So many students want to carry on after ninth grade, and we have more students than ever - good sixth grade students - seeking sponsorship for 2021.
So, this Thanksgiving, we are truly thankful to you, for your help and continuing support. Thank you to those who have sent sponsorship money for 2021. Thank you to those who were able to send support for COVID relief. Thank you to those who have taken on new students.
THANK YOU for not forgetting us!