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Presentation describing the local NGO I work with through Peace Corps in Guatemala, Sonrisas de Amor (Smiles of Love). Their work, needs, and ways we can help. Thank you for viewing.

Presentation describing the local NGO I work with through Peace Corps in Guatemala, Sonrisas de Amor (Smiles of Love). Their work, needs, and ways we can help. Thank you for viewing.

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  • 1. Sonrisas de Amor (Smiles of Love): Their Story, their work, their needs.
  • 2. Who are we?
    • Sonrisas de Amor is a local Non Profit Organization comprised of a group of youth peer educators, a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, and their director, a local nurse and teacher.
  • 3. Where are we located?
    • In the department of Chimaltenango of Guatemala
  • 4. More specifically, we are based in the the municipality of Zaragoza while our medical clinic is located in a neighboring town - Patz ún. Map of Chimaltenango Zaragoza Patz ún
  • 5. Our community Needs + Problems
    • Lack of proper public health education and youth orientation & guidance.
    • Little or no access to primary health care facilities and family planning resources due to lack of local health care infrastructure.
    • Extreme poverty.
  • 6. For Example: Click Video to start. (run time: 3 mins.)
    • General Translation:
    • Mother introduces herself. Says she is 23 years old and has 4 children. She is pregnant with the 5th. The children’s ages range from 8 - 2. She married at 15. She has thought about family planning and not having more children.
    • Director de Sonrisas de Amor tells mother about family planning discussions offered by Sonrisas de Amor and introduces the local nurse who tends to the health clinic.
    • The nurse talks of the importance to bring support and help the communities in the most rural areas.
    • Tour of Mother’s house. Just one room. The room includes her cooking area and 1 bed that all 4 children, herself and her husband share.
    • Most families is these areas live in similar situations with comparable needs.
  • 7. Mission of Sonrisas de Amor
    • The principal mission of Sonrisas de Amor is to meet community needs by providing public health and educational support to the most in need and at risk local populations: youth, women, and impoverished families.
  • 8. Mission continued:
    • To meet these community needs and improve the quality of life of targeted populations, Sonrisas de Amor uses a two pronged approach:
      • 1. Educatational workshops
      • And
      • 2. Sponsorship of a rural medical clinic.
  • 9. Educational Workshops
    • Sonrisas de Amor plans and executes participatory workshops in and around Zaragoza, year round. Though youth are the most frequently worked with demographic, women’s groups, teachers, and parents also participate in our workshops. Subjects of our workshops include:
    • Family Planning Methods
    • Adolescent pregnancy
    • HIVAIDS prevention
    • STD prevention
    • Values
    • Self-esteem
    • Decision making
    • Life planning
    • Etc. etc.
  • 10. Photos of Educational workshops Anatomy lessons Condom demonstration Fluids that transmit HIV
  • 11. True or false game “ HIV in the body” drama Self Esteem class
  • 12. Step by step “how to put on a condom” Learning HIV vocabulary STD workshop Learning what does and does not transmit HIV
  • 13. The Medical Clinic
  • 14. The health clinic opens
    • “ Today, project Sonrisas de Amor invites you to the medical clinic. Medical consultations and fairly priced medicines for all illnesses found here.”
  • 15. Photos of Health Clinic Medical supplies Attending to patient “ Pharmacy” and medicine supply Clinic’s bed
  • 16. Hopes:
    • Over the next year, Sonrisas de Amor hopes to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of their Educational workshops. At the same time we are trying to support our rural medical clinic by re-inforcing preventative and curative outreach efforts and basic health care services. Ultimately we hope to create a sustainable working model of social services provided to the most in need of populations in the municipalities of Zaragoza and Patz ún in the department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
  • 17. Needs
    • To achieve these goals Sonrisas de Amor has multiple needs. Some of these include:
        • Funds to rent a permanent teaching classroom
        • EducationalTeaching Materials
        • Projector
        • Medical supplies
        • Basic “pharmacy” medicines
  • 18. How you can Help?
    • With your help, Sonrisas de Amor can purchase and achieve many of the needs and hopes previously listed. We have a separate and secure account for monetary donations via the organization “Friends of Guatemala.” Donations can be sent directly to:
    • Friends of Guatemala
    • P.O. Box 33018
    • Washington, D.C. 20033
    • IMPORTANT: include the following information on the memo line of the check:
        • Cat. II – Grant Martin Picarillo
    • Should you decide to help Sonrisas de Amor, we will be sure to notify you when your donation has arrived and how such funds will be utilized. If you have a special request or earmark for how your donation be used, we would be happy to respect such wishes.
  • 19.
    • Thank you kindly for your time and support. Should you have any other questions feel free to contact us at gmpicarillo@gmail.com