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Guatemala Bed Project Complete

25 January 2009 No Comment

Guatemala Bed Project launched May 25, 2008 and completed December 29, 2008.

We Did It! $4,516 Raised! -plus an additional $316 past our goal that will buy beds for three more needy families.
Feb. 14 Update: See photos of the families with their beds

We aimed to buy desperately needed beds for impoverished families in Guatemala. Our goal was to raise $4200. Each bed costs $105 and our goal was to provide beds (mattresses included) to the 40 neediest families identified by Children International’s Guatemala City Agency. All donations are 100% US Tax Deductible.

Recent donor, Eliana put forth a $28.28 for 28 Challenge to her friends and family and raised over $600.

$4,200 Raised! With an additional $316 raised past our goal!


Amelia (14) on the mat where she sleeps. Soon her family will have a new bed.

Vickie Weidenmann from Children International writes, “Among our sponsored children in Guatemala City, there are over 4,000 families that have four or more family members but that have only one or two beds per household.

Our Guatemala City Agency would like to begin to alleviate this problem by providing single beds with mattresses (1 bed per family) for at least 40 of those families with the greatest need.”Summary
Cost per bed: $105
Project total: $4,200 ($105 x 40 families)

Amelia’s family had only one bed, which is shared by her parents and her two siblings, Leticia and Javier. Amelia had grown enough that she no longer fits on the bed, so she slept in the same room on a mat stretched out on the floor in the only available space – which was right by the door. Two other siblings sleep in their grandparents’ room which was built on the same piece of land as Amelia’s house.

Amelia and her sister Leticia.

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