Student Needs Selection

After researching the needs of LKHZ’s sponsored students, one need of each student is going to be met for the academic year. here are the selections. Additional funds will need to be raised to meet these needs.

Brenda Johana: Graduation Costs $175

This helps cover the cost of the cap and gown, the hall rental and decorations for the ceremony, and the celebratory lunch with Brenda’s parents at the school, as well as the required graduation paperwork.  This is an obligatory cost that all students must pay for graduation. Without paying this fee, Brenda will not receive her diploma, and as a result, she will not be able to register for university or fill out the necessary paperwork to find a job.

Julio Cesar: Bed $170

This bed will be made by the organization’s workshop, employing young men with a skill and helping Julio and his family.

Claudia Marina: Sawyer Water Filter $121

The water filters distributed by Mayan Families have long-term social, economic and environmental impacts on the entire family. A great investment in the health and well-being of the family through preventing water-borne diseases which when unaddressed inhibit the capability for parents to go to work and children to attend school.

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Little Known Help Zone Takes On Guatemala

Another project is in the works and this is a big one!

After much research, Little Known Help Zone has decided to start working in Guatemala. Guatemala is the most impoverished country in Central America. This poverty is coupled with high crime and abuse rates. 7/10 children are abused, and 98% of crimes against women and children go unpunished. There is a need, and Little Known Help Zone is going to meet it.

This project is going to be large scale and multifaceted.

First, Little Known Help Zone is going to work to formulate a scholarship to award to someone who otherwise was denied education. Hopefully, this scholarship will be through an online college and awarded to one person a year. In the start up phase, Little Known Help Zone has found many organizations it can go through to find award winners, but in the future this will be awarded to people in Little Known Help Zone’s other ventures in Guatemala.

Simultaneously, Little Known Help Zone wants to find an outlet to create jobs in Guatemala for people who unfortunately cannot work, hopefully in the form of a sustainable factory. This factory will be focused towards women who want to get away from abusive husbands and support their families, or just anyone who wants to be self supporting. Eventually, scholarships will be awarded to workers then, so more skills can be learned and these people can break away from poverty. The goods from this factory will go to fund costs mainly, and also support the next step, youth education.

Little Known Help Zone then wants to build a school in Guatemala for children to attend. This will be a free school accessible to anyone. Over time we will work to make the school available to more and more children.

Finally, Little Known Help Zone will work to build a domestic violence shelter to provide a temporary place to stay for women and children as they recuperate and organize.

Although it will take many years and vast amounts of funds to accomplish, these 4 pieces will work together harmoniously to educate, provide income, and sustain. These 4 sources will allow the people of Guatemala to become self sustaining and break away the chins they’ve been living under to thrive.

Stay tuned for updates, and if you would like to help please email littleknownhelpzone@gmail.com

Christmas Wrap Up

Now that the frigid weather is finally behind us, let’s wrap up the Hogar de Amor Christmas project.

The children received their presents and were so delighted! I received many pictures from the orphanage and I will post a few below as well as link the dropbox with all the photos.

Little Known Help Zone would like to again thank everyone who made this possible, you truly impacted the lives of children in Honduras and for that we are grateful.

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The Christmas Gift Extravaganza

Christmas is a wonderful time, and Little Known Help Zone is happy to announce that they’ve donated over $4000 worth of Christmas to the Hogar de Amor Children’s home in La Ceiba, Honduras. Months worth of love and effort have been put into this project and it is finally complete.

Here’s a little bit of information about the gifts..

Every child received a backpack filled with wrapped presents. gifts included remote control cars, sports supplies, school supplies, toys, games, makeup, candy, and other items that were on the children’s wish list.  Many nights were spent wrapping the presents and sorting the items amongst the children to ensure an equal distribution of wondrous items!

This project was made possible by…

  • Bixbee Backpacks
  • Alex and Isabelle Hair Ties
  • Just Born Candy
  • Essence Cosmetics
  • Streetline Inc.
  • DIP Shipping
  • And many other generous sponsors
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Little Known Help Zone extends its fullest thanks to all the generous sponsors who made this project possible, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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The presents are officially on their way!  Shipping was a bit of an issue, but after discovering a company known as DIP Shipping, the $3,000 rates decreased to $400. Thanks to a very special angel, the shipping was made possible and I find it a true blessing this final obstacle was tackled. The presents are on their way and should reach the orphanage within days.

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Here is a photo of the children holding a picture of me with the presents! You can see everyone is joyous, as they enjoyed a delightful Christmas day.

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Donation from Alex and Isabelle Hair Ties

photo 1Little Known Help Zone has started a new project! We are collecting Christmas presents for the Hogar De Amor orphanage run by http://helpinghonduraskids.org . The children of La Ceiba do not have access to everyday things you or I may be able to get, so I thought it would be nice to sen down Christmas gifts to the orphanage.

Recently, the kind owners of Alex and Isabelle Hair ties sent a donation of hair tie packages for the girls at the orphanage. Little Known Help Zone is quite happy and very grateful for their kindness. The hair ties are beautiful and will be delightful to include in the Christmas presents. I have always used these hair ties due to their eye pleasing nature, great quality, and kindness towards hair.

Alex and Isabelle are a very small operation hair tie company who are devoted to giving back to the community. It is a family affair ran by two moms and their young daughters. Half of the money made goes to the the girl’s horseback riding and the other half goes towards pediatric cancer. Alex and Isabelle have a wonderful mission and I highly suggest you check them out! http://www.alexandisabellehairties.com

Little Known Help Zone is having luck collecting donations but will still need much more. There are 22 orphans, 11 girls and 11 boys. If you would like to contribute, please email me at littleknownhelpzone@gmail.com

Apparel is still in the works, along with a large scale fundraiser being planned in spring! Check out our etsy and stay tuned!

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Final Preparation

As the days trickle down, my house has become more and more hectic. Scrambling around, packing, and tying up loose knots are all occurring in these final hours. Just today, I’ve created forms to use for a school project and I am running around trying to find a perfect camera to use and document my trip. Hopefully, I’ll be able to create a video with some Costa Rican scenes.

I’ve been in contact with the refuge, but the exact date I will be visiting hasn’t been determined. I will most likely give them a call on the hotel’s one phone and organize the date then.

While this trip certainly has humanitarian purposes, there will also be some vacation time as well. We will go hiking, surfing, shopping, eating, and to a chocolate factory! Oh boy!

With all of the final donations together, it is time for me to pack them into two concise bags (check and carry on). I have much left to do, but I wanted to check in just to share the final details before I leave.

I won’t be able to post anything before I leave or while I am gone, but once I am home I will post pictures and stories galore! Stay helpful!

(And if perhaps you’d like something to do while I am gone, check out my etsy store etsy.com/shop/littleknownhelpzone )

**While on the topic of etsy, I will be picking up some handmade goods from locals down in Costa Rica that will be listed on my etsy page!

Meyenberg Goat’s Milk

Tower of Donated Cans

Tower of Donated Cans

Hello! Right now, I am in the final preparation mode for my trip to Costa Rica. To my pleasant surprise, I received a phone call a few days ago about an incoming package. On Thursday, the ackage came and it was a donation from Meyenberg! I was so excited and shocked, as Meyenberg Goat’s Milk was the first and most important item on my list.

I received 6 cans of milk, which will provide great relief for the refuge. These cans will go far in helping the animals. Also, I received a cute little note and some reading material, also recipes to try with goat’s milk.

These six cans will be accompanying me on my trip and will be donated to the Jaguar Rescue Center. The milk is used to prepare the orphans bottles of milk since they no longer can receive milk from their mothers. It is very expensive and difficult to purchase directly in Costa Rica, so the refuge relies on the donations. I am overwhelmed by Meyenberg’s kindness and generosity. They are a wonderful company to work with and I thoroughly suggest checking out their website! http://meyenberg.com/