Even if you don’t live in the Ottawa Valley, you can still support our efforts. Find out how some creative people have helped Maya families in Guatemala.
The GSP has dozens of loyal donors and volunteers who have supported us over the years. Some of these volunteers and donors have come up with interesting and creative ways to fund stoves and other projects.
The subject of women at work featuring their traditional, colourful Maya attire in a typical setting such as the three volcanoes of Lake Atitlan, is one of the themes that inspires artist Wyn Kalagian from St Catherines, Ontario. Thanks to her talent and generosity, her donation of the proceeds of the sale of over 100 paintings over several years resulted in as many Guatemalan families benefiting from a GSP stove.
Instead of receiving a retirement gift from her school and colleagues – Teacher Jane Drummond asked for donations towards the Guatemala Stove Project AMMID Microloan fund. This donation in Jane’s name has provided loans for half a dozen families for the past few years and will continue to do so for many years.
For 10 years Catherine Morin of Ottawa hosted a Clothing Exchange Party in her backyard as a benefit for the Guatemala Stove Project. Catherine, her family, friends and neighbours funded several dozen stoves during that time period. They also helped recycle useful clothing items.
Montreal artist Juan Manuel Vasquez has attended the annual Ottawa fundraiser for several years and has contributed through the on-site creation of a painting, which is raffled off to guests at the end of the event.