Pair deliver supplies to Guatemala orphanage
Rockland — On Feb. 7, Rockland residents Sam Ladley and Beth Bull visited the Casa Guatemala Orphanage on the Rio Dulce in Guatemala to deliver medical supplies donated by area businesses and individuals.
Jensen's Pharmacy, Hannaford, Walmart and members of the Tuesday-Thursday Pilates class at the Samoset donated children's vitamins, toothbrushes and medicines.
A large suitcase was filled to capacity and the airlines were kind enough to allow a few extra pounds beyond the 50-pound limit.
On the way to Guatemala, the group raised more than $1,000 to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, soaps and school supplies to deliver with the medicines.
Beatrice, the manager of the orphanage, was very pleased and grateful to receive the much needed supplies and the children were very excited to have visitors, especially those bearing gifts.
Casa Guatemala Orphanage serves not only the orphans who reside there but also offers schooling, meals and a health clinic to all of the children in the surrounding villages. The orphanage is accessible only by boat and regularily feeds, educates and attends to more than 250 children.
For more information, visit casa-guatemala.org.