Kickstarter Year-end Report!

It has been one year since we recieved the Kickstarter funding and therefore time for a report.  The full report is attached here.  Highlights of the report are:

  • Music class taught in El Mirador school and first ever music concert performed there.
  • Elementary music curriculum developed for Guatemalan schools (though it needs further work)
  • Singing in Q’eqchi’ (mayan language) learned and taught.
  • Visited and taught music in 7 different communities in Guatemala and 7 communities in Minnesota.
  • $34,000 raised from Kickstarter, ILAG, ELCA and individuals for the year
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Action song in El Mirador

Kickstarter year-end report

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Todd Visit’s Easter Lutheran December 2014

In December, Todd visited Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan, Minnesota and made a presentation entitled, “What it’s like to be a kid in Guatemala”. He rehearsed the middle school worship band to accompany a short worship service with many action songs.

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Dios es tan bueno (God is so good)! Singing with the kids at Easter

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Action song!

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Teaching Music in Guatemala – Kickstarter campaign

This fall starting on October 16, 2014 and running until December 1, 2014.  Todd is raising money to teach music to school kids in Guatemala City using a kickstarter fundraiser.  Click here to learn more and to make a donation.

Rural Mixta #679 in Los Alamos

Rural Mixta #679 in Los Alamos

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Youth Retreat at the Lutheran Center in Guatemala City, July, 2014

Twenty youth from communities from the rural areas and from the City of Guatemala attended a youth retreat at the Lutheran Center, July 26 and 27, 2014.  A delegation from Atlanta, Georgia and from Chatanooga, Tennessee also attended.  The theme of the retreat was “Dreams”.  The below video show Todd leading the group in a song call “Anciano de Días”.

 

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Singing with the kids along the Rio Negro

In February, 2014, Todd helped chaperoned some visitors from Mount Olivet Lutheran in Minneapolis to the village of Nuevo Porvenir.  The picture shows Todd singing with the kids of the village.

Singing with the kids in Nuevo Porvenir

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Singing in Q’eqchi’

In February, 2014, when the leaders of the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) were at the Lutheran Center in Guatemala City this group sang a hymn in Q’eqchi’.  This is part of the hymnal project for the ILAG.  Click here to see the video.

 

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Music Class at the Lutheran Center

Todd taught music to the leaders of the Guatemalan Lutheran Church at the Lutheran Center in Los Alamos, Guatemala (suburb of Guatemala City), September 20 – 24.  These pictures show the new projector purchased with funds provided by the Northfield, Minnesota rotary club.

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Life School in Panajachel

Life School is a pre-school to 9th grade English school in the town of Panajachel in Solola, Guatemala.  The town sits on the shore of Lake Atitlan and is a very beautiful place.

Todd taught music at the school for March, April and May, 2013.  He taught 7 sections of music all on Thursdays.  It was very challenging with the different ages, 7 sections each in a different room.

 

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Trip to Guatemala, Day 9, March 4

Well, I made it!  I left Comitan, Mexico after breakfast and arrived in Guatemala City about 6pm.  I really fell in love with Comita’n.  It is a beautiful city.  I want to return.  At breakfast asked the waiter for some “romantic” hotels and he gave me these names: Asienda Los Angeles and Hotel Lagos de Montebello.  I hope I can come back with Karen to visit here again.  Here is a shot of from my breakfast table.

It was great to see everyone.  Once I knew I could finish the trip, I drove non-stop.  :)  It was fun crossing the boarder in Guatemala.  Everyone was real friendly and very relaxed.

Here is me with the boarder guard and with the customs official.

Here is the first thing you see as you enter Guatemala, a little town called La Mesilla.

Here is a church I saw on the way to Guatemala.

Well I finally made it.  I will write a concluding blog in the next couple days.

Total miles today: 282

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Trip to Guatemala Day 8, March 3

I traveled across the southern part of Mexico from Veracruz to Chiapas, from Catemaco to Comitan.  I left Catemaco early, I didn’t even eat breakfast.  It was another day of beautiful country and safe travels.  I grouped the photos today as: Bridges, Sweet Country, Cool buildings in old towns, Churches and The Vista.

The Bridges:

Sweet Country (I think the last one looks like Minnesota):

Cool buildings in old towns (Catemaco, San Cristobal and Comitan all had old sections of the town that were very beautiful and would be fun places to stay — I spent the night in the old part of Comitan):

Churches (I love to see churches, there were so many on the trip I won’t be able to do justice to them with these photos…)

The Vista (there were many grand views on the trip.  Mexico has many mountains and hills and the roads I traveled climbed many of them.  This was one such view where I stopped at a ‘comedor’ and had a coke and talked to a gentleman there.  It was fun watching the birds.  I said to the gentleman, “It would be fun to be a bird here” — in spanish — he agreed.

Tomorrow I will be in Guatemala!

Total miles today: 322

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