New Dawn Guatemala Events
Ballard High School staff shared food and libations after school on Friday, December 7, to support New Dawn Guatemala at Tropicos Breeze Restaurant and Bar and donated to help provide funds for our new group of scholarship recipients in the community of Nuevo Amanecer.
(Below) New Dawn founder Joe Szwaja shares a moment with Honduran native Jorge Castellanos, owner of of Tropicos Breeze Restaurant and Bar, located at 1744 Market Street in Ballard. www.tropicosbreezeballard.com/ We appreciate their hosting of a December 7 benefit and encourage New Dawn supporters to check out this community oriented restaurant featuring delicious, low cost Central American fare.
Thanks for helping us reach two important goals! New Dawn Guatemala recently completed our commitment to deepen our solidarity with the community of Nuevo Amanecer by providing $4100 in scholarships for 38 youth and young adults to stay in high school and work towards job training classes at the nearby community college in Coatepeque. We also provided $426 to help fund the December 10th Virgin of Guadalupe celebration, which honors the sacrifice of families, particularly mothers, in helping their children to complete their schooling. These funds will also fund the Toys for Kids campaign that provides at least one Christmas toy for all of the village's young children.
Donating on this site will help us meet out next important goal - another $1100 for a new group of scholarship recipients by the first week of January. Nuevo Amanecer continues to be a place where people are staying in their community and working effectively towards a just, sustainable life thanks to your vital support.
Our great friend, Emily Willard of The University of Washington, wrote a great article on the community and it's twenty years of survival. Give it a read...
We still have about 1000.00 to raise for the students in New Dawn. Thanks to all our donors and volunteers for everything you do.
Click the button below to view a few highlights from our recent trip to Nuevo Amanecer. It was wonderful to meet the community, distribute scholarship funds and hear, first hand their hopes for the future. We hope that some of our fantastic donor community will come with us on a future trip. There is much that they have done and much they still hope to do. The new parcel of land with a natural spring holds great hope for the future but, it brings a number of new needs as well. An aqueduct, cistern and pump system are needed to bring the water 5 kilometers down a slope to town.
Virtual meeting and lunch with Members of the Nuevo Amanecer Community Sunday October 28 from noon to four.
We will be hosting a virtual meeting and lunch with members of the Nuevo Amanecer community on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 2Pm at the home Joe Szwaja, 2021 NE 75th Street in Seattle. We will be serving food based on a recipe form Nuevo Amanecer community and they will be eating the same meal as we do as we talk and interact via video conference. The food will be prepared by Emily Willard who is a basing her dissertation on Nuevo Amanecer, as well as Robert Franklin, UW student and participant in our recent delegation. We welcome you to participate in this opportunity to get to know the members of the community better and share an example their culinary traditions. If you want to attend or want more information, please contact Joe Szwaja, at 206-523-3656 or email@example.com
Food and Music Fundraiser
Sunday October 14th
Noon to 4pm
The Olive and Grape Restaurant (8516 Greenwood Avenue North).
Please join us for great homemade Middle Eastern food graciously provided by the Olive and Grape, as well a Guatemalan cooking demonstration and food samples prepared by Emily Willard, a PHD candidate in Political Science from the UW. Emily is doing her doctoral dissertation on Nuevo Amanecer and recently spent a month there during which she learned about their culinary traditions.
There will also be updates on the situation in Nuevo Amanecer provided by Emily and folks who participated in our July delegation to New Dawn to support and participate in 20th anniversary celebration. Live music will include Correo Aereo who play an eclectic blend of traditional and modern Latin Music. Check out their music at www.correoaereo.us/.
Many prizes will be available, including indigenous crafts, an original painting y acclaimed artist Heather Danso, check out her work at https://www.winddancemotion.com/art-and-design.html. Other prizes will include a Guatemala meal for 4 and cooking lesson from Emily herself! Suggested donation is $20.00 -whatever you give is greatly appreciated and will go a long way for our friends Nuevo Amanecer.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the community of Nuevo Amanecer to help pay for scholarships for youth and young adults who can’t afford to go to school without our solidarity. It will also help fund the storage and transport of water from the new parcel of land the community recently acquired via their own fundraising and your generous donations. Can’t make it but want to help support scholarships and sustainable water? Please make a tax-deductible contribution at www.newdawnguatemala.org.
When: Saturday, August 26th, 7-9 pm
Where: The ArtXchange Gallery 512 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
New Dawn Guatemala has been hard at work editing footage for a documentary film about the heroic story and resilient people of Nuevo Amanecer, an ex-refugee community in Guatemala. We are pleased to announce that we will be premiering an extended preview of the film at an upcoming event later this month at the ArtXchange Gallery in Pioneer Square.
The event will also showcase artwork by talented local artists Heather Danso and Victor Fuentes, which will be on sale with proceeds directly funding scholarships for youth living in Nuevo Amanecer.
Musician Aldo Sanchez will be performing along with his daughter, Amaya. This incredibly entertaining duet has performed at previous New Dawn Guatemala events and is a must-see! New Dawn is working on securing an additional band to perform during the event.
Admission is free, however a small donation is suggested. Light refreshments will be provided. If you plan to attend please RSVP on Facebook here.
We look forward seeing you on Saturday, August 26th at the ArtXchange Gallery!
When: Sunday, April 23rd 2017, 1-4 PM
Where: 8516 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle WA, 98103
Join us at The Olive & Grape Restaurant in Greenwood on Saturday April 23rd for a benefit lunch to support New Dawn Guatemala.
Come hear live Latin music by local band Correo Aereo – check out their music here – while enjoying a delicious meal provided by The Olive & Grape! $20 minimum donation for food and a cash bar will be available.
We will have handmade crafts from Guatemala for sale as well as dessert giveaways courtesy of The Olive & Grape! We will also be screening a preview of the forthcoming documentary film: Giving a Voice to Nuevo Amanecer.
The Olive & Grape has graciously offered to donate all of the proceeds from the lunch to New Dawn Guatemala. Proceeds will go directly towards providing scholarships and job training to youth living in the Guatemalan community of Nuevo Amanecer.
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When: Saturday, Dec. 17th 2016, 7-10PM