Mujerave's Young Ambassador
Katie Palsrok is a fourth-grader at Glencairn Elementary School in East Lansing, Michigan. Her favorite subjects are history and math. She also likes to play soccer and read. Katie is excited to be a young ambassador for Mujerave because she wants to help other kids get involved in the organization. Katie is ten years old, the oldest of five children, and one day wants to be a mathematician. Recently, Katie was reading about Guatemala in an article about Rigoberta Menchú, who once said, "when you are convinced your cause is just, you fight for it." That is how Katie feels about Mujerave. You can read Katie's blog entries below.
Be Like JP
Young Learners who participate in the "Be Like JP" campaign or use other event/occasions to raise funds or awareness for Mujerave will receive a Deputy Young Ambassador certificate from Mujerave, along with gifts and photos demonstrating the impact of their fund and/or awareness raising.
Deputy Young Ambassadors
Deputy Ambassador Maddox Guerrant
Not only has Maddox volunteered for Mujerave, helping to finish a wood-burning stove for a family in rural Guatemala, but she also tried on local traje (women's indigenous dress) and learned local dance moves as well! After returning from Guatemala in 2016, Maddox decided to "Be Like JP" and forgo birthday gifts to raise money for Mujerave. She raised over $200 for Mujerave!
Maddox in the far left of the above-left photo, posing with a stove she helped build for Isabella and her family. At right, learning the local dance moves in indigenous dress in rural Totonicapán, Guatemala.
Deputy Ambassador Alyson Sullivan
Hello, My name is Alyson Sullivan. I am in Kindergarten at Countryside Elementary School in Byron Center, Michigan. After my dad told me about Mujerave, I asked "how can we help?" Together we came up with a plan to raise $200 by the end of summer. Today, I made a donation box to have at our house. I am hoping friends and family will donate extra change when they come over. So far we have $14.28. My next step will be baking and selling brownies with my "Grammo". After that it will be a lemonade stand for our neighbors and a cookie sale with Grandma Kitty.
Update 1: June 26, 2016
My grandmother and I made two batches of chocolate brownies to sell at at my younger sister Maggie's birthday party. As family and friends came over, I spoke to them about women and kids cooking food in their houses and the smoke makes them sick. We were able to raise $42.00. We also collected cans to get $16.00, now we almost have $70. Next will be a lemonade stand for our neighbors.
Update 3: October 1, 2016
Alyson Sullivan reached and exceeded her goal of raising $200 for Mujerave! Through her creativity and generosity, Alyson contributed more than enough money to build stoves for two families through Mujerave's Healthy Homes Program!
Deputy Ambassadors Hailey and Hannah Gerkin
Sisters Hailey and Hannah Gerkin co-sponsored a lemonade stand over the July 4th weekend this past summer in Lake City, Michigan. 100% of the proceeds were donated to Mujerave, and to the empowerment of rural women in Guatemala. Together, Hailey and Hannah raised more than ninety dollars through sales of lemonade. After making a small personal contribution from their savings, they were able to make a one hundred dollar donation to Mujerave. They are anxious to see how their financial contribution will change the lives of a family in Guatemala.
Deputy Ambassador Meredith Elrod
Meredith Elrod heard about the "Be Like JP" campaign when her family visited Katie Palsok's family in early 2016. She was Mujerave's first participant in the campaign! Meredith's generous parents decided to match the total amount raised by her friends and their families at her birthday party, and together they raised nearly $250 for Mujerave!