Thank You For Your Purchase.
5% OF EVERY PURCHASE IS DONATED TO CHARITY
Starting in 2019, our Charity of Choice is changing to SanMarHope.org.
A local charity, the Bester community in Hagerstown, Maryland, can be a challenging place for families to raise children safely, with a high poverty rate, health challenges and a high rate of children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
Those challenges haven’t gone unnoticed, and in 2013 San Mar took the lead to reach out to key partners to form alliances to build a Community of Hope, a place where people share a vision of safety and success for every child who lives there. It’s a place where public and private organizations, nonprofits, philanthropies, government, businesses and communities collaborate closely to help achieve that vision. As a result, children are safer, families are stronger and communities are more supportive places.
San Mar’s Treatment Foster Care program exists to serve children and youth who have experienced trauma in their young lives by connecting them with safe and caring persons and families. In San Mar’s Treatment Foster Care program, the positive aspects of the nurturing and therapeutic family environment are combined with active and appropriately structured treatment.
I am riding the the 184 Mile C&O Canal bicycle challenge to raise funds for this worthy cause. My pledge is $3000.00 for 2019.
Previous Years Donations
Over $3,000.00 has been donated to the Nunoa Project
Enjoy the luxury softness and warmth of alpaca and know your purchase has directly helped the some of the worlds’ poorest citizens.
The Nuñoa Project.
• To give back to the country of Peru for their gift of alpacas to the US and other countries in the world.
• To make a positive difference in the lives of herders and townspeople of Nunoa, Peru
• To address immediate needs through humanitarian aid and veterinary support for the animals in the region.
• To exchange information and preserve the rural traditions of herding for future generations in Nunoa.
• To establish self sustaining programs in the areas of: support for herding families and veterinary assistance for livestock in the Nunoa area.
Initially, attempts were also made to directly help the children of these farmers but government restrictions kept these plans from being possible. The Nunoa Project will be finding other ways of helping the mothers and children and will keep us posted as future plans become a reality. Meanwhile, the most help can be gained by helping the farmers – the fathers and wage earners – so their families can eat and obtain basic living supplies.
Further details are below. The words are written from the heart of a wholesale distributor of products, Peruvian Link, who spent time with the children and, after her experiences, became a board member of the charity to provide as much help as possible.
Nuñoa is a small town in the highlands of Peru, five hours away from Cuzco, in the department of Puno. Nuñoa is home to most of the Alpacas in earth, Peru has 80% of the total population of Alpacas in the world and Puno has a great number of them.
Living conditions of the farmer are very primitive. They live in huts year round where there is little or not access to water., not electricity and transportation is not easily available, so it is not uncommon to find people that must walk two or three hours to get to town.
The worse part of this scenario is the kids, whom love very much to go to school but that must walked same distance twice a day, every day. (Yeah! 4 hours all together!)
The Nuñoa Project was born with the idea to help these kids get education, so that they may turn around and change the pattern of extreme poverty that is passed generation to generation. Our goal is to build a temporary home for these kids, whom very much wish to go to school (located in town), so that they may live at the boarding house during the week, in that way they don’t have to walk such as great distances to get educated. At the house we will provide them with clothes, food and other basics so that they at least can have a decent live. They would return to their parents on the weekends and at school break. It is important to note that some parents have 6, 7, 8 and more kids, so it is impossible for them to support them all. Some of the kids are on their own. As frustrating as it is to find out that these people do not have any sense of responsible parenting, we have to deal with the reality of the problem. Ignorance plays a big role on the way how these people live. We believe that if we give these kids education, the pattern for a lot of the problems they have, may be broken. We believe in giving these kids at least the chance to change their lives. Otherwise they don’t have a chance AT ALL!
I can not find enough words to describe the sense of helplessness that one feels when you realized these kids have not shower for weeks, that they are wearing the same clothes (about 3 sets it is all they have) for weeks or months at the time. That rice has been most of their meals for months.
Karina Pomroy, Peruvian Link Co.