Author Archive of Mcoghlin

Sadness All Around

  Devastation has hit Guatemala. This weekend the Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) experienced its most powerful eruption in over a decade. Unfortunately many people have lost their lives while those who have homes nearby have lost everything they own. It is a very sad time but we are very thankful that the villages and people we work with are all okay. Our school is an hour away from the volcano and currently we are dealing with poor air quality

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Mission Accomplished

Loving Arms would like to Thank you for all your hard work. In a short amount of time you have accomplished a lot and made a huge difference.  We look forward to your return.  Please see the last blog below.   We arrived home on Sunday to snow and ice.  What a difference from the beautiful temperate climate of the Guatemalan mountains.  Our last two days in Guatemala now seem a blur.  On Friday, we made our last stop at the ferreteria and

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Day 4- Water Water Water

We stopped at the ferreteria again yesterday and we will need to stop there again today. They definitely recognise us when we walk in, especially the security guard and his shotgun. We finished off the water lines yesterday. We had to wait to do a water test until the afternoon when the kids had finished school as the bathrooms were on the same line as the school. We need to shut down the line to tie the new line in. When we turned the water back

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Day 3 – We need to work on our Spanish!

Yesterday on our way to the Loving Arms site, we stopped at a local hardware store, a terrestrial, for some parts. At first, we had to explain to Minor that we wanted to go there. Mynor doesn't speak English and we don't speak Spanish. So we got out our Google translate and gave it a shot. Sure enough we got the message through. The terrestrial is like most hardware stores in the developing world, all of the parts are displayed on the wall. You either

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Day 2- One we will not forget!

Yesterday is a day I am not likely to forget for a long time. We moved out to the Loving Arms Centre like normal. Our objectivewas to complete the cementing. As we began to prepare the trenches for cement, Alicia (the Loving Arms Guatemala Executive Director) came by with a request. While the plan didn't show it she wondered if we could rough in a spot for one more girl's toilet. This meant digging up what we had already prepared and she felt really

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A Great Start – Day 1

We had a great day in Parramos Guatemala today. We drove from Antigua through the windy roads up the mountains to Loving Arms' Centre of Hope. This is where the scool is held. We arrived at the school and the doors were closed which seemed odd for a school day. As we approached the school, the doors were flung open and all the school children were lined up on either side of the door to great us. What a wonderful surprise. They were beatiful, in their

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Home Visit

The clinics are finished. We have seen 749 people in all. Now we turn our attentions to one family to lavish special care on them.   As we drive up to the Centre of Hope, where we will meet with Linda, Alicia and Sergio, we see a long line of men waiting at the front door. They are there to apply for agricultural work in Canada. It is astounding to learn that landing one of these jobs feels like winning the lottery to them. Putting it into context,

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Medical Team

Tuesday, September 19th   Today we held morning and afternoon medical clinics in a Parramos church. Cindy’s cheerful rant of last night about the joys of treating wounds and abscesses seems to have been a prediction of what the day would be like. It was heartbreaking to see the wounds and smell of rotting flesh. Some may recover with the help we gave, others we could only offer temporary pain relief to; like the man who had a hole in his face

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Medical Team- Day 1, 2 and 3!

Thursday, September 14th   Tomorrow is Guatemala’s Independence Day. They became a nation separate from the rest of Central America in 1821. We witnessed the celebrations that began last night on our arrival into Guatemala City with the Torch Run. The streets were lined with runners, many carrying torches, and the traffic volume was crazy for 10:30 pm on a Thursday night … bumper to bumper for miles! Many trucks were filled with revelers:

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    June 12, 2018

  • LovingArmsGuat So grateful for the support of our neighbour who offered us his extra vegetables to gift to our families this month. https://t.co/NHVqreu4no

    June 12, 2018

  • LovingArmsGuat Friday, we had our monthly food distribution with the sponsored families. The families also received a package of v… https://t.co/b8Ca5Y2884

    June 11, 2018

  • LovingArmsGuat Devastation has hit Guatemala. This weekend the Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) experienced its most powerful eru… https://t.co/VI7iF9NPhQ

    June 5, 2018

  • LovingArmsGuat We are deeply thankful with World Race Team who was with us during two months. Their dedication, passion to serve,… https://t.co/1gwU4TxpaM

    May 25, 2018

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    May 24, 2018