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VCBO Architecture Supports CHOICE

IMG_1755.jpgOn the evening of Friday, September 23, several VCBO team members were invited to attend CHOICE Humanitarian’s Fundraising Gala. The night included a silent auction, dinner, and a live auction. It was a wonderful night full of inspiring stories, excellent music, great food and of course, wonderful company.

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How can we help?

Chandra.jpgWhat is the price of confidence? To one Nepalese entrepreneur, confidence was four piglets and the dedication to reach beyond the life he once lived. The family of Chandra Bahadur was identified by CHOICE Humanitarian as one living in extreme poverty in the village of Bhorletar, Nepal. Although Chandra was a hardworking craftsman and family man, he and his family still struggled to meet even their most basic needs.

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Nueva Concepcion Hospital

Bringing health care to a community that has never had it before is no small task. In December 2014, a new hospital was inaugurated in Nueva Concepcion, Guatemala. For the first time, 13,000 people had access to medical care. CHOICE Humanitarian and 23 communities in the Chulac Region joined forces with other NGO’s, religious organizations, business and government organizations to create this long needed facility.  Prior to the completion, residents had to travel 65 miles for hospital care.

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Sikaab’e Vocational Technical and Training School

Sikaab’e  is a state of the art technical school and it is the only one of its kind in the Polochic Region and provides education and training for farmers and high school students ages 14-18. Increased education and vocational training gives the locals the opportunity to stay in the community, to find a better job, or to create a business. Appropriately named, Sikaab’e means “Seek Your Path” in  Q’eqchi’ and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

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Sikaabes Kitchen

Blog-6-14-16.pngCHOICE Guatemala announces the completion of the kitchen facility on the campus of Sikaab’e! Sikaab’e is the technical school in the Plicheck Valley where CHOICE Guatemala works. It is appropriately named as  Sikaab’e means “Seek Your Path” in Qeqchi and this is the first of its kind in this region and encourages entrepreneurship and innovation to farmers and high school students in the region.

Increased education and vocational training gives the locals the opportunity to stay in the community, to find a better job, or to create a business. The school was built by 19 students studying masonry who received their INTECAP government certification as masons. The second cohort graduated 19 people in culinary skills.

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Sheep in Mexico

Blog-6-7-16.png“I now understand the importance of giving medicine to my sheep” were the words of Mrs. Hortensia Barnabas Sotero de Ejido of the village of Detiña in Mexico after administering vitamins to her flock of sheep.

She is thankful for the advice and assistance received by the CHOICE Mexico veterinarians and now she can properly take care of the sheep and have a good production of animals in perfect health to sale for income to help support her family.

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First Post-Earthquake School Compliant with New Nepali Government Regulations

unnamed-768x470.pngCHOICE Completed the First Post-Earthquake
School Compliant with New Government Regulations in the Entire Country of Nepal

Many national stories have focused on the India oil embargo and slow response times from the Nepali government and how those have adversely affected the rebuilding of Nepal in the year since the worst earthquake in their history.

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Nepal Banana Farmer

Nepal-banana-farmer.jpgSheru Giri was born in Lamjung, Nepal 47 years ago and has a lower high school level education. He dreamed of brining change is his life so dropped out of school and joined his friend in the Gulf t o work. He was very young when he did that, and soon realized that he could not tolerate working in the heat of Saudi Arabia so he quit and returned home with a determination to work hard on his own land.

Upon arriving back in Nepal, he was bewildered. He didn’t have any idea what to do and where to find the investment he needed for his plan? He spent years struggling to provide daily bread for himself and his wife and two children.

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Kenya Community Based Education Trust Fund

Kenya-1-768x576.jpgA community that achieves change through its own effort will always feel more powerful and they will always be eager to generate more change. CHOICE Kenya’s journey to create more self developing villages has been gradual but manifesting good results.

The Community Based Education Trust Fund (COBETF) program is a practical experience of communities supporting education of their children in secondary schools through parents contributing more than $715 within a duration of one year.

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Mexico Savings Box Program

Mexican-students2-320x198.jpgMargarita, Ana Luisa, Carmen, Maricela, Lupita and Catherine are students in Conception Aculco, State of Mexico. They are very enthusiastic and intelligent young women and single mothers.

Recently they approached CHOICE Mexico about starting a Savings Box Program at their school. They want to invite their classmates to join the Savings Box Program because they believe they can save what little they have to address future needs at school and home.

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