Here is our Mission of LOVE C5 Cargo plane loaded with 85,000 pounds of food, educational, medical and building supplies for our friends in Guatemala. Our Mission of LOVE building team will arrive March 21 to continue building WAY-bi ( HOUSE of DREAMS ) for the children who are dying of cancer.
Dear Friends of our Mission of LOVE,
Know that our Mission of LOVE building Volunteers have just returned from WAY-bi – Tecpan, Guatemala. Our Mission of LOVE Denton C5 Airlift arrived in Guatemala City March 17, consisting of building, medical, educational, food etc ( 85,000 pounds ) and this AID was on site when our Mission of LOVE building team joined hands with our WAY-bi friends to start the second phase of building WAY-bi, ( in Maya, Home of Dreams ). We together built, cried, laughed, shared and brought hope to the Maya people, prior to our arrival to Guatemala, they had no hope. The children showered us with their presence everyday and had no shoes or warm clothes, let alone food. ( Know that it was hailing and snowing while we were in Tecpan ) Their smiles were contagious and the children taught us that real suffering does exist in most of our indigenous world on a daily basis and that we had a responsibility to make a difference in their simple lives.
Our Mission of Love team has been to Guatemala three times since October. We have made a commitment to continue with our work of love and compassion to our partners, Doctors Edgar Moran and Claudia Moran. None of our work of LOVE could be done if we did not have the trust, commitment and sincerity of Claudia and Edgar. As in the past, it is important to build the community while we are on site building a structure of any kind. We do not want to just place a band-aid effect on this SACRED Mission of Love / WAY-bi Mission to build a home for the sick and dying children of Guatemala. I want us to go and rebuild the community of WAY-bi with a dental-medical clinic, transportation vehicles consisting of an ambulance and school buses. We are joining our efforts to create a school to train dogs for the blind and disabled, via WAY-bi / Bocalan. Our Mission of LOVE has made many promises that need to be fulfilled. I need your help more than ever! We are in need of monetary donations to pay for the building material that was sent on our last Mission of LOVE / Denton airlift and are in need of monetary donations to pay for the school buses and ambulance that we would like to send on our next Denton / Mission of LOVE airlift. We need to purchase additional building material to complete WAY-bi and build a medical/dental clinic. I would like to have these worthy Missions of LOVE completed by January of 2013. Please consider donating to Mission of LOVE, 2054 Hemlock Court, Youngstown, Ohio 44515 or via PAY-PAL on our website / www.missionoflove.org to accomplish these worthy goals that our Mission of LOVE Volunteers have set to accomplish in order to educate, heal and bring hope to the Maya’s of Tecpan, Guatemala. To obtain current information on our work of love, friend me, @ Kathleen Price on Face-book or go to our website / www.missionoflove.org.
Know that our next Mission of LOVE building mission will take place on Pine Ridge Native American Indian Reservation, June 15 thru June 23, 2012. Our plans are to go and build homes and an office building for the Lakota families on the Pine Ridge Native American Indian Reservation with Rusty Puckett as our foreman and Mission of LOVE volunteer. As with Claudia and Edgar none of our work of love could be done without the help and guidance of Rusty. WE need electricians, plumbers, builders and lots of hands and dollars in order to make this Mission of LOVE a SUCCESS. Know that we will once again to continue to build homes for the Lakota families in September. In October we will once again return to Metropolitan Hospital with a medical team to do surgeries on forty children who are in need of cleft palate surgery and also join with a Mission of LOVE building team to continue our work on WAY-bi, the Children’s home. Our efforts will complete the WAY-bi project upon our arrival in January, 2013 with another group of Mission of Love/ WAY-bi building volunteers.
Our work of love is cut out for us for the rest of the year. Know that for every dollar donated, our Mission of LOVE can generate $122 worth of goods and services, because we are ALL volunteers.
Attached is a letter of gratitude from our friend and volunteer, Edwin.
With love and gratitude,
Mission of LOVE / Founder-Director
|Weaving loom donated from Elaine of New York finding its way to the Mayan Community of WAY-bi to make blankets. With the Mayan family is Kathy and Edwin|
Mission of Love Guatemala 2012
My trip to Way-bi, TecPan Guatemala; We became family, we all said goodbyes through tears and promises of seeing each other again and finishing what we started…the HOUSE OF DREAMS ~ WAY-bII wrote this as the fifteen of us headed back to the States on the 17Th of January. How quickly 7 days went by and how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to make new friends and be a part of a bigger purpose in life. I always have intentions of journaling these trips and often times never get to so here I go. read more....
Bob Price, Letter of Gratitude
Karen Struder, Letter of Gratitude
Guatemala 2011 Amazing
My experience of going to Guatemala:
One Trip - One Mission
Twenty-two Hearts - Forty-four Hands One Orphanage – One Goal
My mission of love to Guatemala City -
Letters of Gratitude
|Installation of Casa Guatemala school
2010 Mission of Love
Casa Guatemala Orphanage 2010
by Rashid A. Abdu, M.D.
On January 5, 2010, fourteen Mission of Love volunteers drove from Ohio to Detroit Airport, on a mission to Casa Guatemala, an orphanage with 250 children, ranging in age from 3 months to 18 years. Other volunteers came from Pennsylvania, Florida, and as far as Iowa, a total of 22, including Attorney Robert Price, Kathy Prices husband. I was the only physician.
Ages of volunteers ranged from 21 years to 77, with different background, and each with special talent—carpenters, plumbers, electricians, farmers, artists, health care, and business. But Kathleen Price, the founder and director of the Mission of Love, made sure that regardless of background diversity or expertise, we all had only one mission and one goal: to serve the orphans, those beautiful children, and to show them that someone cares. Many of us were repeaters with the Mission of Love, the first timers thanked Kathy for the opportunity and hoped they would be asked again.
The 6 hour flight, with one stop at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was uneventful, not withstanding the usual hassle at the airports. Also, Kathy got the cheapest airfare for us with Spirit Airlines. However, if you needed a bottle of water or a cup of coffee on board, you had to pay $2.00 for it. I was afraid to ask the price of a small bag of peanuts!
Upon arrival to Guatemala City, we went through customs without any problems. I think they know Kathy, who had been through that airport many times in the past, staring in 1992, when Mission of Love built the school at the orphanage. Since then, Kathy and Angelina Galdemez (Angie), who founded the orphanage 30 years ago, have become good friends, with common purpose—to help and care for those children. Over the years, Mission of Love has repaired torn buildings, furnished some, and last year, built a greenhouse. ....read more
Where there is love there is LIFE!
Happy New Year, Friends.
~ Fred Housel
~ Fred Housel
2009 Mission Of Love
How to Renew your spirit, Lose a little weight, in Ten Short Days - Bob Price (Click Link to Read)
Casa Guatemala - Mission of Love January 1, 2009
With sharing, comes love. With love, comes peace!
Rashid Abdu M.D.
On a cold morning on January first, 2009, Bob Price picked me up early in the morning, heading for our trip with the Mission of Love to Guatemala. Kathleen Price, the Founder and Director of the Mission of Love, had sent 75,000 pounds of building material, medical/dental equipment, and other supplies to Guatemala, some times in December. Kathy founded Mission of Love about 20 years ago. During her travel with her husband, Bob, to Mexico, she visited a clinic on the Island of Isla Mujerus and found that she had more medicine in their medicine cabinet at home, than there were in the clinic! From that day forward, Kathy has dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor in all parts of the United States and the world. This time, it was the Casa Guatemala, an orphanage, of about 250 children, on the shores of Rio Dulce, about 250 miles northeast of Guatemala City.
It was at the request of another visionary, Angie Galdamez, originally from Honduras, a widow, mother and grandmother, who 30 years ago, visited an orphanage in Guatemala City, and witnessed malnourished, and ill cared-for orphans, that kindled the flame of love in her heart. Like Kathy Price’s experience in Mexico, she decided to devote her life and resources to those who have no voice and no hope, the orphans. It is not strange that these two mothers and grandmothers became close friends, each in her own way, making the difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
The 15 volunteers with the Mission of Love came from Ohio, California and Florida. Many of us were repeaters. The mission was to build a greenhouse so the orphans can grow vegetables, protected from the elements, including vampire bats! The 15 of us volunteers, headed by Kathy Price and her husband Bob, met in Houston, Texas, and then flew together to Guatemala City, followed by a 6 hour drive across beautiful mountains, and then by boat to the orphanage. There, all the lumber, that had been delivered from Youngstown in advance, in an Air Force C5, was in large piles at the water edge, about 0.4 miles from the building site! Kathy has a long standing arrangement with the Air Force to send large shipments through the Denton program. The program allows a charitable organization to send shipments to any part of the world, free of charge. Through this program, Kathy has sent large quantities, including school furniture and supplies, ambulances and even fire trucks! She is the largest user of the Denton Program in the United States. Her 50th shipment, of 35, 000 pounds to Peru, was just before we left for Guatemala.
On our arrival at the orphanage, our volunteers started to work immediately, carrying the heavy lumber, including the 2”x10”x16’ to the building site. There was also the extremely heavy 5”x4” by 16’ posts. Kathy purchased this steel-like post, locally. This wood was so heavy; they had difficulty driving nails through it. They called it “devils wood”! Our volunteers received help from the locals, including the older orphans, who carried more than their weight! They are hard working people with strength and stamina almost unmatched.
The orphanage is a village-like setting, with several basic buildings that house the administrative building, school, volunteers and the orphans, who range in age from infancy to 18 years old. There is only two hour a day of electricity, between 6:30 and 8:30 PM. The small generator depends on gasoline availability. Consequently, there is no refrigeration, so any fresh meat or fish has to be consumed on that day. All the children looked healthy, and happy and well cared for. Angie thinks of them as her own children. All activities are geared for the children’s well being and safety.
There is a clinic manned by two volunteer nurses from Spain. There is school with mostly volunteer teachers, or those with small pay. After the 6th grade, Angie tries to raise fund for scholarships for those qualified to go to high school and beyond. At the same time, she owns the “Hotel Backpackers” with its restaurant, where many orphans work and get the experience they need to function in the real world that lies beyond the security of the orphanage. Angie knows where each child is, what he or she is doing, whether their needs are met, and what their aims and aspirations are.
Each child knows his/her duties within this great “family”, according to ability and age. I was impressed to see them engaged in those activities. They looked happy and proud of what they were doing. I saw them washing their laundry in the river and hanging it to dry on clothes lines in the sun. I saw them work in the kitchen, preparing, cooking, and cleaning. I saw little boys and girls standing around a galvanized sink, next to the front door of the kitchen-dining room, like little brothers and sisters, washing the after-breakfast plastic dishes without the slightest discord!. I saw a little girl, no more than four or five years old, filling a small water container in the river, carrying it to the balcony of the office building’s second floor, and watering the many potted plants. She looked so proud and happy that she was doing her job! I saw them helping the volunteers, carrying lumber, and stones, and the older ones pounding nails high on the building frame. But also I saw them play like brothers and sisters, in the water, in the school yard, and wherever the opportunity presented itself, and each flashed a smile that was contagious and heart warming. Many parents can learn from this orphanage on how to raise their children!
Besides our volunteers building an 90x30 foot greenhouse, there were other volunteers, college students from Colorado and Wisconsin, who were building a classroom house. They too, were hauling building material, including stones, on their backs for a long distance. I was most impressed to see these young people come from faraway places, at their own expense, building, teaching, treating and nurturing these children. They come from all over the world, because they believe in what Angie is doing, and want to take part in this noble cause. It restores my faith and my hope in the new generation that believes in sharing. With sharing, comes love. With love, comes peace!
I met a young volunteer, from England. He has been working at the orphanage, teaching and working with the orphans on the village farm for a year and a half. They plant corn, vegetables, fruit trees, and raise cows, pigs, chickens, ducks and goats, for orphanage consumption. He was relatively a well to do Englishman, but when he found Casa Guatemala on the internet, he decided to visit. He returned to England and sold his restaurant, and came back. His future plans are to visit his parents in England once in a while, and after they are gone, to return and live and work at the orphanage permanently.
Both, Kathy and Angie, have one thing in common: Each is making a difference in the lives not only of those who are less fortunate, but in the lives of those who discover themselves through their work, like the hundreds, may be thousands of volunteers, who were given the opportunity to see, to share and to love. Perhaps we did help the orphans a little during our short stay, but they gave us much more. The children made us better and our lives richer, than before we arrived.
I will always be grateful for the opportunity. Thank you Kathy. Thank you Angie.
Rashid A. Abdu, M.D.