A Big Thank You - Toybox Charity Update
In this post, we wanted to share how choosing Kingdom Coffee and our products helps us continue to support Toybox, an amazing charity who aim to help street children and run prevention and outreach projects in Guatemala City. The following comes from a report we have been sent by Toybox directly.
Over the last 12 months, your generosity has helped some of the most vulnerable children on the streets:
• 100 street children and young people a month were provided with night-time support with the distribution of food, drinks and given basic medical care.
• Over 100 street children were actively involved in life skills workshops, recreational activities and/or child rights workshops, where they also received food & drinks.
• 63 street children accessed therapeutic and psycho-social support.
• 38 street children accessed health care.
• 95 young people in street situations were supported & gained work skills.
• 343 street children and young people were supported into education.
Manuel was born three years ago to his teenage parents. Their relationship was unstable, meaning that Manuel is only really growing up able to depend on his mother. He was born with Down’s syndrome alongside other health problems that made it hard for him to digest his food properly. This meant that throughout his life, he’s often in hospital for check-ups for his height and weight. Recently, he started showing signs of moderate malnutrition. This was when he started receiving support through an emergency nutrition project with CONACMI. Over the last six months, he has steadily been putting on weight and although he’s still slightly underweight for his age, he’s in a much more healthy bracket. His diet now mainly consists of hard boiled eggs, milk, cooked vegetables and a protein-filled maize drink which is common in Guatemala. Manuel’s mum, Roberta, is 22 years old. She sells lotions and other beauty products on the streets to earn a living, but it’s tough because she only gets paid commission on the items that she manages to sell. This is why the support from CONACMI has been so important. Through CONACMI, Roberta has actively participated in a training programme to set up a vertical vegetable garden in her house to provide healthy food for herself and Manuel. She’s also been motivated to continue learning, so she has already enrolled in a baking course, to be able to gain skills she can use in the future. After she’s finished all her training, she is excited about receiving a small seed loan to set up her own business through support from Toybox.
Manuel's life is only just beginning, and his mother, the health centre and CONACMI are doing everything possible to make it better, so he can receive support that will allow him to have a dignified and full life. "I never thought I would be helped like this, they support me with eggs every week, with training, with study, I don't know what to say, just thank God and you, because you have been a blessing for our lives.” – Roberta
If you would like to read more about the amazing work that Toybox do then click the following link - Toybox