My friends, Paty and Roberto, are building a clinic in Solala, Guatemala which is a beautiful region on Lake Atitlan surrounded by volcanoes. Something holding them back is the fact that Guatemala is very limited in its resources and audiology opportunities.
There is a young lady named Esmeralda, who lives in Solala. In 2016 a group of audiology philanthropists provided 16-year-old Esmeralda with pink behind-the-ear hearing aids that were donated by a family from Lancaster, who lost their 9-year-old daughter. Since then, every time this group went to Guatemala, Esmeralda would volunteer to help them. "I want to help my people, the way you helped me", she said. Her mother is a cleaning lady, and the plan was that once she finished high school, she would join her mother. But Esmeralda had a dream of working with children.
So, Paty and Roberto saw something special in Esmeralda and now she is working with them and doing hearing screenings at schools and the local hospital. She will be working at this clinic in Solala once it's built.
As you know, places like Guatemala don't have the same resources and need funding to build out a project like this. After that, Roberto feels that the clinic will be almost completely sustainable, and he is able to get some grants to help with that.
This is where I come in. I basically live two lives. Someone who helps people hear better by day, and someone who runs many miles in the earlier mornings and on the weekends. By many miles, I'm talking hundreds! I'm running a 102-mile race in Saint George, Utah from Friday the 9th through Saturday the 10th in the name of better hearing. He has a goal to raise $5000 to help fund this project to provide the gift to hearing to the people of Solala, Guatemala, and give not-so-little Esmeralda a place to work and help others.
Some people can't walk, and some people can't hear. Either way, this is the perfect opportunity to give this holiday season to those who don't have what we have. Donate today and follow me on Instagram @reesedjones to get updates on how my 102-mile race unfolds!