Raising Spirits. Changing Lives. One Girl at a Time
THE SPIRIT TEAM in the US
We welcome people who are interested in joining our effort.
Pam Novak, founder and president of Spirit is blessed to have the following wonderful volunteers to make the Spirit dream a reality.
Ann is a terrific director and organizer. She delighted in her role as madrina (godmother) to two of our girls and is now helping support a third girl. She has worked tirelessly with her Woodstock Illinois Rotary Club on projects to get educational equipment and materials to Guatemala in 2005. She and her passion for the projects add tremendously to the program.
Board consultant Marie Jacobs has taken on our dental project. In December 2005, while trying to get a smile out of a becada for her madrina, I realized tooth decay is endemic. Our 17 year old girls had already lost some to many teeth. Future professionals can not be toothless! So the birth of the 2006 dental program addition. The girls now receive complete dental care and semi annual checkups.
Joe Hentges has been a valuable adviser and also has sponsored three girls over the years. His commitment to the program has been unending and solid.
New board member Amy Stevenson came to visit her three girls and learn more about the program in Guatemala. She is now fully committed to Spirit and plans on becoming more active in the future.
OUR TEAM IN GUATEMALA
In December 2008, we made a huge switch in the team member approach. I decided to take the advice and enlist the poor to help the poor.
This decision was nothing short of brilliant. Problems are communicated and dealt with rapidly, grades are reported on time and our funds are accounted for and monitored. Funds monitoring can be critical in this continuing time of bank failures. Unfortunately, Miguel had to retire due to health problems.
The long term goal is to develop a team that can do most of the applicant interviewing and sorting out. They know the people!
In January, 2014, we organized a Guatemalan Board.
Hilda is the board president. She is our first graduate in Law to pass her exams and is waiting to defend her thesis.
Elisa, also graduated in Law and is currently studying for her professional exams.
Mariela has completed her studies in auditing and currently working on passing her professional exams.
Cesia is in her last year of auditing and has been a tireless worker for the scholarship residence and managing the building expenses.
Mayling is our volunteer dentist and very dedicated to the girls dental welfare.
Veronica is a middle school language teacher who also keeps her eye out for worthy applicants.
Mayling has volunteered to be the Becada’s dentist. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and dedication to helping these young women. She works tirelessly and with great love and care on the girls and family members. We are so grateful to have her.
She is always delighted when I arrive with new dental supplies from our generous donors.
And last but not least, we are grateful for the many madrinas and padrinos (godparents) currently sponsoring students, as well as our donors who have enriched the program through donations for English language books or equipment or funds for special projects.