Woodland Public Charity, a humanitarian nonprofit organization based in Kansas City, Missouri since 2002, has announced that Jorge D. Coromac is the new Executive Director. Coromac has been with the organization for the last two years. His leadership and vision has been instrumental to engage hundreds of volunteers to participate in the implementation of the programs and projects which Woodland currently leads in Central America.
John Donovan That's 50 out of 1.2 *million* Rotarians, folks. By contrast, there are 535 District Governors every year. It is a big deal!
4th Anniversary of the “Centro Educativo y Salud Patanatic
The community celebration included: the International walk/run marathon, a soccer tournament, a medical symposium, cultural activities and the provision of trophies and medals to the winners of the sport activities.
More than 75 runners participated in the marathon that includes students, community leaders, teachers and volunteers of Temple University Pharmacy School.
For first time, the soccer tournament was played for 4 soccer female teams: Community leader team, 6th grade team, Teacher team and Temple Uni. team.
During the celebration Temple University received the "Patanatic Humanitarian Awards" for the aid provided to the people of Patanatic during the last 4 years.
Thank you to everyone that made this community celebration a fantastic event that last all day! Thank you! Muchas gracias!
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The team focused in provides school medical checkups to the students of Cerro de Oro and to families of Patanatic. The team also was able to help with the monitoring of water filters and installing cook stoves.
In Patanatic as many other villages in Guatemala breathing in the toxic fumes while preparing tortillas and food puts Mayan women and kids at risk for respiratory illnesses, blindness and burns on a daily basis. It is estimated that 77% of Guatemalan families use wood as their main fuel source. Families spend a lot of time collecting firewood.
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With the aim of providing training, capacity, medical and dental checkups to communities that do not have access to this basis service, Woodland coordinates the intervention of volunteer groups such as Xavier University from Cincinnati, OH, Kansas Medical Center International Outreach, K-State from Kansas, Park University from Missouri and South Dakota University school of physiotherapy for delivery and distribution of wheelchairs.
MUCHAS, MUCHAS GRACIAS!
Woodland Celebrate its 11th Anniversary!
On December 5th, Woodland Public Charity celebrated its 11th anniversary of developing humanitarian programs in Guatemala, South Africa, and Kenya. During these years Woodland has helped families and communities by giving them access to education, health, and safe drinking water programs. All is possible thank you to a admirable group of volunteers that inject so much energy to the program and to the projects in the communities of Guatemala.
This celebration's objective is to recognize the great volunteer work of individuals, companies, and organizations. Together, with Woodland, we bring aid to individuals, families, and communities that are less fortunate. It is a honor to work with the USA volunteers and with the team of volunteer and professionals in Patanatic and surrounding areas of Sololá. Guatemala.
For their outstanding service to the community this year Woodland’s Humanitarian Awards were given to:
• Volunteer Award:
• Humanitarian Partner Award
Olathe Rotary Club
• Humanitarian Business Award
Schloegel Design Remodel Inc.
• Media Humanitarian Award:
Dos Mundos/Reyes Media
• Champion Humanitarian Award
• Youth Humanitarian Award:
The volunteers and organizations that received the Humanitarian Recognition have been appointed and selected for their valuable contribution to the development of families and communities most in need.
Their professionalism, voluntary service, and passion to serve others is a true example for today's society and future.
Our Keynote speaker Abby Zimmerman share with all her amazing passion to serve people here in the States and Guatemala. Abby leadership engage 11 interact students to travel to Guatemala on July 2013 and provided eye exams to students of 3 elementary schools, water filters, computer classes and developed educational materials for English lessons.
“It is an honor for Woodland to recognize all of our volunteers and cooperating organizations/companies because through the unification of time, skills, and treasure we can support families and communities that are less fortunate”, said Jorge D. Coromac, Vice President of Woodland.
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Academic Award to Med Student David Garcia
The student of medicine from Patanatic, David Garcia, received an academic recognition for their outstanding academic performance in his first and second semester of the physician general and surgeon career.
Families, as well as the nurses, are very pleased by the opportunity to provide service to the community, which ensures appropriate follow-up to the health of mothers and babies. Congratulations to new mothers!
Cook Stoves and Water filters
Thank you to the Lenexa and Topeka South Club the students also receive pen or pencils during the de-worming campaign. Around 2,401 students receive the medicine and the pencil/pens.
The members of the team were Patti Bossert, Kyle Smith, Jeanine Wells and Thomas Ellis from the Topeka South RC; PDG John Vandewalle from Overland Park South RC. Along with the team came: Wes Smith, Jonathan Ellis, Carla Hansen, Allison Forese, Ron Finger, Bev Schwartz, Lee Schwartz and Jorge D Coromac V.P. of Woodland Charities.
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Besides David’s regular studies, he is also part of the Group of students that provides recommendations and suggestions to the University to improve the curriculum of study, activities and other students’ academic opportunities.
Congratulations David and keep up a good work in your education!
This year Woodland has received donation of 310 five gallons plastic buckets that allow access to safe drinking water to 155 families.
To learn more about this program or how to become a volunteer please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
July up date! enjoy the great news from Guatemala
Rotarians and Interacts of Rotary District 5710 - Kansas, visited Guatemala.
Eleven Interacts from Shawnee Mission Northwest High school along with four Rotarians of the District 5710 are visitied Guatemala from July 9 to 15 for a Service Above Self trip in the region of Sololá Guatemala.
The team’s activities were to monitoring/evaluate the water filters in the community of San Pablo and San Antonio Palopo and also will perform a basic eye exam (near and far) to students of 5th and 6th grade of the elementary schools.
The Interact/Rotary team also worded at the community nutritional garden of Patanatic, and painted the Medical Clinic of the Patanatic community.
The volunteers of SMNW Interacts were: Caitlin Beatty, Rachael Hoelting, Abigail Zimmerman, Natalie Zimmerman, Lindsay Butts, Carolyn Osbern, Anastasia Sokolenko, Gabrielle Whitmore, Colleen Freeman, Bailey McCrary and Nieko Giesbrcht. Also with the team traveled President Elect of the Olathe Rotary Club Geoffrey Neufeld; the Past District Governors Wes Mc Coy (Olahte Club) Greg Peterson (Lenexa Club); Jorge D. Coromac VP of Woodland Public Charity and the volunteers Juliamaria and Jorge Luis Coromac.
Here is the description of the trip by some of the Interacts:
Hola! This is Abby speaking. Today (July 11) was our second day of work and the entire Interact team is so excited to be in Guatemala. We're incredibly grateful for the family, friends, and Rotarians who have helped us raise the money to get here. A special thanks goes to the Lenexa club for a matching grant, as well as the Shawnee, Johnson County, and Western Johnson County clubs for their generous donations. This would not have been possible without Rotary. Also, we’d like to thank Applebee’s, Hy-Vee, Peachwave, and Sonic for allowing us to do multiple fundraisers. Finally, a big thank you is due for everyone who purchased a Sponsor a Student or made an individual donation. We don't know what we would do without you, and we hope that the work we do here will make you proud.
We worked in the village of San Antonio. After taking a bus ride up into the mountains, we gave the kids at the local school eye exams and checked some of the water filters in the community. Much like we did in San Pablo. I was amazed at the number of students and teachers who had been living with poor, or some cases horrible, vision. I definitely could not function that gracefully without my contacts....It makes you appreciate everything we have at home.
The team has absolutely loved interacting with the children. They are probably some of the sweetest kids you'll meet, and some of the funniest.
Hola! This is Gabby speaking. Today (July 11) we worked in the village of San Antonio. After taking a bus ride up into the mountains, we gave the kids at the local school eye exams and checked some of the water filters in the community. Much like we did in San Pablo. I was amazed at the number of students and teachers who had been living with poor, or some cases horrible, vision. I definitely could not function that gracefully without my contacts....It makes you appreciate everything we have at home.
Once the soccer team arrived and we finished painting, we took a van down to the soccer field. We had 11 people and they had 6 people plus two more that we met there at the field. At first it was very hard and they were beating us, it was like they just toyed with us. But once they scored their first goal I passed the ball to Bailey who kicked it in for our first goal! Every time they scored we scored back! Abby Zimmerman and Ana Sokolenko scored also for a tie at three to three. We then did our penalty kicks. The other team made one of their shots, and Lindsay Butts, and Jorge Luis scored our two last shots, Lindsay scoring the winning one.
Elementary students of Fifth and sixth grade, as well the nursing students will benefit directly with the use of the internet Lilt laptops allowing students to access educational information on the internet.
From June 9 to 15 a team of 7 volunteers from Topeka Kansas traveled to Guatemala to support the “Access to Education, Health and Safe Drinking Water” that is implemented in the community of Patanatic and surrounding areas of Sololá, Guatemala.
The team was able to provide medical checkups to students of kindergarten and first grad of the Elementary Schools of San Pedro, Cerro de Oro, San Juan and Patanatic. The team also was able to provide basic eye checkup to the students of 5th and 6th grades.
A total of 127 students received medical checkups and 135 receive eye checkups. 34 students were detected that they needed glasses. They immediately received glasses to read. In the immediate future, a group of volunteer ophthalmologists will visit these schools and make a more specific test to students who were detected on this occasion.
The Team was able to monitoring some of the water filters that some families received in the past. Thank you to the donation of Topeka South Club and Olathe South High school ad Shawnee Mission Rotary Club the team was able to provide 11 water filters and install six new cook stoves.
Greetings to all!
Wheel Chair Project-Patanatic May 2013
On May 6th and 7th 2013, fifty-nine people from the communities of Cerro de Oro, San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, Nahuala, San Jorge La Laguna, Panajachel, Tierra Linda and Patanatic Communities of Sololá, Guatemala received wheel chairs through the coordination between Hope Haven, South Dakota University/Physical Therapy School, the Education and Health Center Patanatic-CESP-, Woodland Public Charity and the leaders of Patanatic town.
David expressed his gratitude for the scholarship but also fortified his commitment to continue every day putting the best of him in his education. He said “These three months had been a big challenge for me… to be far away from my family, my friends, my town is hard… but when I have so many books to read, a lot of homework and research projects… really the time goes as water in your hands. Every day I awake thinking that soon I will be able to keep helping my community with my skills and to be able to do that I need to be prepared”… “so thank you to all you that are making possible this scholarship that will be traduce in help and better health care for the people of Patanatic. Thank you to all of you that keep me in your prayers and keeping supporting Woodland and Jorge because without you I will never be able even to dream… thank you!
Guatemala: Access to Education, Health and Safe Drinking Water Program presented at District 5710 annual conference.
Patanatic newborns 2013!
Nine new babies had been born from January until March 2013. Mothers and babies had been able to receive their monthly check up and they are in good health condition.
Olathe South High School continue the support to the Guatemala Water project with a donation that will provide access to water filters to 10 families/60 people.
The Olathe South High School Spanish Class under the leadership of the Teacher Stephanie French developed an awareness campaign in the school by talking about the importance of safe drinking water and the impact in the life of people less fortunate in Guatemala.
Thank you to all the students and to Mrs. Stephanie French!
Community garden/farm Patanatic.
Guatemala: Access to Education, Health and Safe Drinking Water Program.
On April Jorge Coromac VP of Woodland was invited to present the program to the leadership of Xavier University in Cincinnati and to the Rotary Club of Oregon District 5110: Rogue Valley After 5 RC, Rogue Gateway RC and Jacksonville-Applegate RC.
This Community Participatory Program is focus in:
To learn more about how to become a volunteer of to support these projects contact Jorge Coromac at firstname.lastname@example.org; or www.woodlandcharities.org
Woodland welcomes individuals, churches, universities, social service institutions, corporations and to all volunteers from previous years to unify efforts in the implementation of the programs that increase capacity-building in the less fortunate communities.
Together we can maximize resources, abilities, and skills that will strengthen the active and responsible participation of community leaders and providing them with support that will drive them to becoming managers of their own development.