Inspiration struck as my mother came to me yesterday with a gift catalog from Heifer International, a non-profit organization that works in underdeveloped parts of the world by giving livestock to families and training in how to properly care for the animals. For some families, the milk from a cow or a goat can be the difference between eating and going hungry. The wool from a sheep can be woven into a warm blanket or sold at market for money for food.
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One of the gifts that you can choose in the catalog is a llama. These llamas go to impoverished families in Peru, so it's a perfect project for my students from Sociedad Honorífica Hispánica since it ties in with the Spanish-speaking world so well. (Maybe Quechua-speaking, but that's okay too.)
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I have one stipulation for this project - I insist that the students earn the money themselves. I don't want them hitting up their parents for $10 because that would not be meaningful and would not demonstrate the generosity that I want them to learn. Some of them have jobs, most have an allowance, and some may have a little money saved up. Otherwise, I am encouraging them to offer their parents or grandparents a service in exchange for the money. If it is earned, then it is a real gift from the heart.
Here is a link to the flyer that I made for my students. I'm including it here in .docx format so that you can use it and modify it to fit your circumstances, if you decide to take up the same project with your Spanish club or chapter of SHH. And, if you do, I would love to hear from you.
Hasta la próxima,