I thought I would alert everyone to a great cause.
Ryan and I oversee volunteer work for an orphanage for persons with disabilities in El Salvador. The orphanage is run 100% by private donations (which can sometimes be difficult to raise), so one of our recent volunteers used her talents as a photographer to develop fundraising materials for the orphanage.
One of the products that she created is a 2010 calendar featuring 12 of the kids (one per month). She took all of the photos, and then I wrote a little biography about each of the kids. The calendars have been printed in Spanish to sell in El Salvador and English to sell here in the States. They are really beautiful.
If you need a 2010 calendar, instead of going to Barnes and Noble to get a generic one, you could purchase this one, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to improving the lives of the children. The calendars are $15 each or four for $50 (if you want to give them to family and friends). It would make a great holiday gift, as everyone needs a calendar, and then you could also tell your loved ones that the proceeds from their gift will be benefitting a wonderful cause.
The children are truly remarkable. They are so full of love and happiness, and they have blessed my life immeasurably. I can't wait to hang the calendar in our apartment, so the kids can smile at me every day.
If you are interested in purchasing a calendar, please leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get you the order form. If you know anyone else who might be interested, please pass on the info to them. (Or if you are interested in posting something about it on your own blog, PLEASE do. I am trying to get the word out about the orphanage!)
Here is a slideshow featuring many of the photos that are in the calendar, as well as capturing the spirit of the children who live at the Hogar. Put it in "full screen" and turn up the volume to get the full effect of Molly's beautiful photos!