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Cid's Blog - A Summer in Central America
Antigua and Lago Atitlan con Fritz


Some happy pics. First in Antigua and then on Lago Atitlan at the Hotel Casa del Mundo. What a fabulously relaxing 3 days visiting the pueblos around the lake and lying about in our gorgeous room.

Clinic in San Rafael and the new computer!


The Clinic in San Rafael is a partner with Common Hope. The clinic has been there many years and does amazing work with three villages and 3500 patients. They are open 2 days a week for office services and other days are spent preparing medicines and visiting patients. Some “volunteers” like Karen and her daughter have been there for 7 years! Employees run the clinic, take care of the pharmacy and distribute love and attention. The students of Kodiak Middle School and many of our friends contributed money that went to the new computer we delivered. Fritz was able to set it up the way they wanted it and transfer all of the files. You can see the original files, three paper notebooks of numbers. The staff sends a big THANK YOU to all who made this possible. Additional monies will be donated for shoes, mattresses, ventilators and medicine. They are in need of a dental person and OBGYN trained person. Anyone interested?



Coffee, how I love the Guatemalan Coffee and the people that grow it. Freddy and family have been providing me with coffee for 5 years through the organization As Green as It Gets. They are one of 25 farmers participating in this coop in order to sell directly and keep their profits, not like most who sell to the big companies and get about 20 cents on the dollar. Check out their web site, you can order some roasted in the states but grown on the shady volcanoes above Antigua, Guatemala. 

Family Visits with Common Hope Students

 Our visit with Ferlandy and Family was fabulous as always. It was Fritz’s first Common Hope family visit and an emotional time. We give so little and it means so much in their lives. Ferlandy’s mother said the most kind words that let us know how much our small contribution is appreciated. We also received some lovely gifts and treats. The next visit was with Elisa and her mother. It was great to see their house finally up and a new addition. The news we learned from the social worker when we left is that this 16 year old is pregnant and will not be staying in school for now. The final visit was with Rocio and her family. This is the first time I met her father as he was in the States for 7 years working and has now returned. The mother is amazing and I think all is well with this sweet family. 



Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean, which was discovered, cultivated, traded, used as money, and as a drink for the elite. The Spaniards were quit taken with this little bean and took it home to the king, it is now grown around the world, but the best can still be found in Central America. Unfortunately the Spaniards also cross breed different trees and finding the true species is nearly impossible.