Guatemalan Youth Education Fund
Fair Trade Philadelphia (FTPHL) has teamed up with Grace’s Guatemala Goodies to launch a grassroots fundraiser - The Guatemalan Youth Education Fund!
Grace Gardner of Grace’s Guatemala Goodies is a long-time friend and partner of FTPHL. Through her business (located at the intersection of 18th and Walnut in Philadelphia), Grace has been able to personally support a small education fund for years. Unfortunately, her business has been affected by COVID-19 and has limited her ability to contribute.
The proceeds from this fundraiser will directly help 3 Guatemalan youth from Santa Cruz La Laguna: Rosa, 16; Dale, 13; and Graciela, 11.
Rosa is studying to become a bilingual secretary and Dale will be entering high school next year. Both of whom will need to purchase laptops which to continue to excel in their studies. Meanwhile, Graciela is in primary school and will need uniforms and other school supplies. In the past, Grace has helped many young Guatemalans finance primary and higher education, some later becoming nurses and lawyers. For more details about Grace and her work with children in Santa Cruz La Laguna, click here.
FTPHL honors honesty and transparency, and would like to disclose the following distribution of profits: Guatemalan Youth Education Fund - 90%; FTPHL operations funding, 10%.
x UPDATE - We hit our original goal of $1000. Let's try and double our impact! Additionally, we have given away almost all or our gifts. We will provide you an update via email! x
How it Works
For every $10 donated, FTPHL will gift a mask. Masks are available while supplies last.
Note: Tax deductible receipts for donations are available upon request.
Once you’ve contributed, a FTPHL volunteer will reach out to coordinate your gift delivery. We can mail within the US and/or contact-less pickup in Philadelphia.
FTPHL members have mobilized to lend our efforts and talents to produce fair trade masks. Masks are made from a combination of fair trade fabric donated by Grace’s Guatemala Goodies in combination and locally bought materials funded by FTPHL.
Donors have the option to choose between:
- Top layer 100% rayon (fair trade), inner layer is 100% cotton (conventional)
- Style: Deaconess (rectangular, pleated, adjustable ear straps, fits most adults)
- FTPHL volunteer made, these masks are made of lightweight materials.
Plaid & Stripes Edition
- 100% Guatemalan cotton (fair trade)
- N95 Mask Cover (curves to face, nonadjustable ear straps, fits standard female adult)
- Special thanks to Rachel Davies Arnold for her mask contributions. Rachel is also the producer of the short film 'Grace’s Guatemalan Pursuits'.
Please understand that our face masks are not a replacement for medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and in circumstances where medical grade PPE is recommended, you should consult a health care professional. The decision to use this mask is solely your own.
Remember that the use of face masks is not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face. Follow the latest advice of the CDC and your own health care professionals as to how best to keep yourself safe.
Please reach out to FTPHL community via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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