Las Manos de Christine
During the majority of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, I worked for an NGO called Las Manos de Christine, a philanthropic organization focused on providing educational opportunities to underprivileged children in Guatemala. During this time, I lived in a village, Aldea El Hato, in the mountains near Antigua, and my wife Emma and I worked with the local elementary school there. To help with fundraising, provide more exposure, and keep our ever-growing collection of supporters informed and enthused, I pioneered a monthly newsletter, Hands On with Las Manos, for the organization. For twelve months, Hands On documented the different activities we undertook at the school, suggested ways that readers might continue to aid the project, and generally allowed those who had given their money and support to see exactly what was going on in El Hato. The newsletter was monumental in helping Las Manos de Christine raise over $15,000 in less than a year. Unfortunately, the publication dwindled and died after my volunteer service was up; however, after many request for the next Hands On, I helped to accumulate articles and photos for a new, quarterly edition that began in December 2011. Las Manos @ El Hato is still going strong and looks to be for years to come.
Hands On With Las Manos: Sample Issues
Here are the last couple of newsletters. To view the full-sized version, which I am unable to post on this site, simply click on the photo layouts, and you will be linked to Las Manos's website. Sorry for any inconvenience, but while your at the Las Manos de Christine site, you can see more examples of the Hands On, feel free to explore, make a donation, and sample the website content, most of which I personally penned.
*Also, check out an article written by about Las Manos for La Cuadra magazine.