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Please make a donation towards our grants supporting literacy and environmental stewardship in rural Peru!

April 9, 2013.

Dear Supporters of Las Vidas Mejoradas,

Happy Spring! We hope this latest update finds you all happy, healthy and ready for the time of year we all look forward to. It’s time again to let you know what we’re up to for 2013.

We’d like first to reiterate how we are approaching our mission and work. At present we’re not focusing on clean burning stoves, although they remain needed, but rather on other aspects of our mission. So with that said, over the last few years, largely due to economic constraints, we at LVM made the decision to invite grant proposals from like-minded, small, registered non-profits so to work together, in this case, financially, to help improve the lives of the rural poor in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Quoting our mission statement, we are “….applying a broad based method emphasizing education, health and hygiene, micro-finance, utilization of local labor and materials, and follow-up. Our values center on working together with families to identify and achieve their goals, creating better lives for them and their children.”

We have chosen to sponsor two grants in 2013 in collaboration with two legally registered non-profits that we are personally familiar with: Living Heart, a Peruvian and UK based charity, and an American non-profit, AbrePuertas. Our first grant of $500 to Living Heart will go toward the purchase of library books and plastic covers for their mobile library program, which is now increasing to include three small communities in the high Andes. The second, also $500, will go to a literacy program for children with a focus on environmental stewardship, which will introduce recycling and include purchase of bins to place in the Cuzco and Coya regions of the Sacred Valley. You can read more about both of these at our web page at http://vidasmejoradas.org/ .

This is the point in our letter when we ask for donations. Please know that even small amounts make a big difference in programs like these and that we and our grant recipients depend on them! We strive to have as little as possible go to administrative costs which, on our part, only goes for bank fees and those fees to remain legally registered as required by the State of Oregon. And, equally, when we review grants, we look to each applicant’s administrative costs, so we know the money we raise goes to the program, and not for the benefit of the particular non-profit.

We are in the midst of planning one to two fundraising events in the Eugene and Springfield, Oregon area. We will keep you abreast well in advance so that our local supporters can join us in our mission.

As always, thank you all for your support of our work. And again, please remember that small amounts of money do in reality go a long way in these communities and to the programs that directly affect the quality of life for our beneficiaries. Donations can be made via our web page by hitting the PayPal button or by mailing your donation to Las Vidas Mejoradas, PO Box 1643, Springfield, OR 97477. Gracias.

Sincerely,

Steve Bouton and Laurie Iaccino
Las Vidas Mejoradas

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