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MIchele Mateus
$1,095.00
[44 % of goal]
$2,500.00
Aug 23, 2017 12:00 AM
Guatemala
My Message
Dear Friends,

I have been invited to join HOPE International on their trip to the village of Parrequena in Guatemala to photograph the celebration of the work that HOPE has been doing there to complete a clean water system for those that live in this village.

Can you even imagine what it is to live without clean water? Water is life, and we need it for so many things, from growing and preparing food, keeping us free from diseases to helping us be more self-reliant. Their water source in Parrequena is high in the mountains 11km away, which means a looooooong hike with heavy materials to carry, but the walk is getting shorter every day as the pipeline reaches their village. I can't even imagine what it would be like to have to walk that far each day (an hour each way) to get clean water for my family.

Going to help HOPE document the celebration of this clean water system is so important to help share the stories of those in the village and all the hard work that has been put into developing this water system. These stories are important to share with their donors and supporters but also to share with the villagers. I am making a commitment to HOPE and the villagers to ensure that they are gifted prints of the photos I take so that they too can have photos to look back on, remembering their efforts and celebrating their achievements.

You may be wondering WHY I want to go? Well I met Rainbow, Program Managers for HOPE in a photography class last year, and to use a bad pun, we clicked! She told me about the work she does and I was instantly interested. I attended the HOPE dinner and signed up to be a monthly donor as my husband and I were so touched by the work HOPE is doing in different parts of the world, and love their approach to working to end poverty in the communities they work with. When invited to join their team to Guatemala I was over the moon as it has always been a dream of mine to do some International Development work since completing my degree in Social Justice way back when, and being able to do so through photography couldn't be more meaningful.

I would love to ask for your donation to help HOPE have me join them as their photographer to celebrate to opening of this freshwater system in Parrequena in Guatemala.

Every donation counts, and I thank you in advance for your generosity!

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I look forward to sharing the stories of HOPE with you all when I return and thank you all in advance for your generous support! Together we can be the change we wish to see in the world.

Much gratitude,

~michele

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Goal: $2,500
Raised: $1,095
Sponsors: 41
44% of goal achieved

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