I've been struggling to push myself to write on the blog. I just don't feel that excited about writing the little everyday things I have going on and I don't know that anyone else would be that interested either. Or at least I can't figure out a way to make it interesting for you. I feel kinda bad and a little embarrassed that you have to watch as I go through these growing pains of figuring out "my thing" and I've read over and over that you should write about what you know - what things you feel passionate about. Well, I'm on to my next thing!
When I started Nena & Co. it was with an admiration for the beautiful tradition of hand looming that the Maya women in Guatemala have passed down for generations. These same women have families that struggle with poverty and all the conditions of life that poverty entails and I have been toying with ways that we can all give back or help! The reality is that there are a million ways to do that and I'm going to try my hand at several projects until Nena & Co. finds the right fit or... I may just keep hopping around from project to project.
Nena & Co. is a tiny business and I get overwhelmed with the
idea that we can't really make that much of a difference but then I
remember the story of the starfish and how the boy helped them if
only one at a time (or something like that). So that's what I'm going to focus on for now. One family at a time or even one person at a time! It will make a difference.
Here's the first of many projects; One of life's most crucial necessities is WATER! Right? Right. I can't count the amount of times my poor Aunt Lubia, who works with indigenous people of the highlands of Guatemala, has gotten sick from contaminated water she's had to drink while visiting them. Lubia's not the only one that's getting sick from the water. I learned that 1 child dies every 20 seconds some where in the world from drinking contaminated water! This is the only water that is available to some of these Maya people! Long story short, my sweet brother introduced me and my Mama to this amazing water filtration system called Lifesaver Jerrycans! The LIFESAVER® jerrycan carries 18.5 litres of water (at one time) and allows users to process up to 20,000 litres of clean sterile drinking water. By purchasing your Nena & Co. bag you have enabled us to purchase 2 of these Lifesaver Jerrycans that we will be taking to Guatemala this September and donating to families that are in need! Give yourself a good pat on the back! I am so excited about this and I can't wait to get down to Guatemala to get them in the right hands. A big thanks to Nena & Co. bag lovers every where! And stay tuned to whats next!