PASO focuses its efforts primarily on supporting indigenous Mayan people in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. It works cooperatively with other Canadian groups and individuals with similar interests and goals. While some of PASO’s directors visit Panajachel each year to oversee our program initiatives, PASO utilizes the expertise of others to implement its programs. Most of PASO’s efforts are supported through the Guatemalan non-profit organization called Mayan Families. Mayan Families’ main operational base is in Panajachel where it has built strong community connections, cultivated good relationships with municipalities, local institutions and service, earned the respect of ordinary indigenous people, and offers multi-lingual communications.
Paso sponsors children in schools, has micro loans for Tierra Linda women, has a school twinning program, offers bursaries to college and university students in the Lake Atitlan area and provides many services to the school in Tierra Linda. Details of these projects can be found here, on our facebook page and on our website http://www.pasoporpaso.ca
Paso’s annual and perennial plant sales were a tremendous success. Approximately $4500 was raised from the sale of plants, with $3000 coming from the annuals and $1500 from the perennials.
Guatemalan crafts were also sold at both sales with Paso raising another $850 to support its efforts in Guatemala.
The Geraniums and Fibrous Begonias have arrived and will be available Friday May 18th from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. All orders can be picked up at St. Paul’s Centre. Enter from the Peter Street entrance.
Paso Por Paso will also have a craft table of Guatemalan items available as well. The selection is still very good, so don’t delay.
Paso Por Paso is holding its annual perennial plant and craft sale on Saturday May 26th. Drop by 136 Peter St. N. between 8am and noon for some inexpensive and very hardy perennials as well as a wide selection of crafts. There will also be a good selection of heirloom tomato plants available.
If you have unused pots, 4 inches in diameter and larger, please drop them off at 136 Peter St. N by May 21st.
St. Paul’s Centre provided the location of the annual Paso Por Paso pancake brunch. Janice Napp, president of District 17 R.T.O. (Retired Teachers of Ontario), presented Paso with a cheque that assisted the Orillia group in the building of a roof over the concrete playground of the remote village school in Tierra Linda, Guatemala.
Each year R.T.O. grants monies under their Project Service to Others and District Grants to local not for profits. Charities and organizations with R.T.O. members can apply both at the district and provincial level. Paso’s grant came from the District Grant. R.T.O.’s aim is to make the public aware that teachers are still very active in the local community and abroad after retirement.
Janice Knapp is photographed with Paso president Doris Middleton accepting the cheque. The annual pancake brunch includes many other R.T.O. members supporting Paso’s efforts.
Paso Por Paso’s annual Pancake Brunch and craft sale raised over $1000 for the local organization. All of the proceeds will go towards the many projects Paso is involved with in the Panajachel area of Guatemala. Many thanks to Judith Rapson for organizing the event and to Steve Moreland who coordinated the preparation of the delicious sausages and pancakes and to Dale Duncan for the craft table. The many Paso members and friends helping with the setup, food preparation and clean up assisted greatly in making the day a success.
Fred Fallis organized the Earth Day quiz and the Dick Johnson table was the winner and they each received key chains for their knowledge about Earth Day related events..
Paso Por Paso will once again be holding the ANNUAL flower sale of Fibrous Begonias and Geraniums. Orders will be taken until Friday May 11th for delivery and pick up on Friday May 18th. Orders will be taken at the Paso Craft sale at the Orillia Farmers’ Market on April 7th, at the Pancake Brunch at St. Paul’s Centre on April 22nd, from any Paso director or by emailing email@example.com. A flat of Fibrous Begonias, 48 plants, is $18.00 and they are available in green or red leaves and with red, white or pink flowers. The Geraniums are $30.00 for a flat of 10 plants and they are available in red, magenta, pink, white and salmon colours. All plants come from Bradford Greenhouses and are of exceptional quality.
Paso Por Paso will be holding it’s annual PANCAKE BRUNCH on Sunday April 22nd.It will start at 12 noon in the St. Paul’s Centre Banquet Hall. Donations will be accepted for the brunch. Paso members will also be selling the many items they brought back from Guatemala this past February. There is still a great selection of items available.
Orders and payment will also be accepted for Geraniums and Fibrous Begonias in our Annual “Annual” plant sale. A wide range of colours will be available for delivery and pick up on May 18th. Orders are due by May 11th for this major fundraising event. See our separate blog and Facebook posting for more details.
Mark April 7th on your calendar for the next Paso sale of Guatemalan items. The sale will be at the Orillia Downtown Farmer’s Market from 8 am to 12:30 pm. There is a very large selection of new items recently purchased in Guatemala. Textiles, jewelry, pottery and many other items will be available. All proceeds go to support Paso Por Paso’s projects in Guatemala.
The students at the Tierra Linda Elementary school (K-6) and the Tierra Linda Basico (7-9) made valentines for students at the Warminster and Mnjikaning Elementary schools. Photos below are of the Paso members collecting valentines from the Tierra Linda students, handing out the Mnjikaning and Warminster valentines and of the Spirit Club at Warminster receiving and showing the Tierra Linda Valentines.
54 Tierra Linda women arrived in two group for the annual Microloan presentation. Each women received a cheque for Q1000, about $140 US, in order to start or expand a business in Tierra Linda. Most businesses are agricultural related although there are some textile and jewelry businesses. The women sign or finger print a document, receive the cheque, have a light snack and drink and are then taken to the bank to deposit the money. Several women took the opportunity to thank Paso for the loan and stated how they make a difference in their lives. Paso members will visit with several of the recipients in Tierra Linda on Monday to learn more about their business and to
learn about the impact it has on their lives.