When Hot Chocolate is Pregnant with Consequence

What stirs our heart to Give of ourselves comes in many shapes and sizes and like vintage clothing or toppings on a hamburger it is different for each of us.

Some are energized by women’s rights and empowerment, others by reducing our carbon footprint, there are pet people and some of us are determined to give children whatever assistance they need. There are mountains of missions to move us.

The beauty in this diversity is that no matter where creation pointed you or how you arrived there on your own there are countless outlets for your generosity. They exist as if built just for you. All that is required is that you enter your heartbeat on the Google search drum and listen to the answer.

The key of course is that we believe that they exist, take the time to look for them, and then make the effort to deliver the aid we desire and in so doing change the world by that action. As the Taoist believe “every action is pregnant with consequence. That is why every compassionate act changes the world.

This month Orchid is working with Path of The Heart Peru to help satisfy your desire to serve children, the environment, global community health issues and women’s safety. The solar power generator we want to purchase and install eliminates dangerous and polluting wood fires, provides light for children to study by and hot showers for an entire village’s hygiene.

What you may not know however is that every year Path of the Heart raises money so they can bring hot chocolate, a special bread called Vizcocho and small gifts to 3300 children in 23 native villages in the upper Highlands of the Andes.

Even though it costs only $1.30 per child to make this possible 3300 children raise the stakes. In spite of this challenge for over 11 years Path of the Heart has arrived to these communities to serve.

The villages supported for this project are located at 9,000 to 14,000 feet of altitude in the Ollantaytambo Area. I have been to a number of these villages and to say they are remote is an understatement. It takes cars, vans, men and women many hours of difficult travel just to reach them. In spite of this a team will make its way to all the villages over three days as it has done for more than a decade. This year the schedule looks like this:

Saturday Dec. 22 Cuenca de Patacancha.
·        8:00 a.m. Pata Cancha and Rumira Sondor Mayu 400 Children
·        10:00 a.m. Willoc  300 children
·        12: 00 p.m       Pallata 100 Children
·        2:00 p.m.   Bandolista 150 children
Yanamayu, Qelqanqa, Qesqa and Pampa Cahuana 400 children
(Mothers will take the Ingredients to their communities and prepare there)
Sunday Dec. 23 Piso valle
·        08:00 a.m. School of Piscacucho and Olmiron 250 children
·        10:00 a.m. Palomar y Tiaparo 200 children
·        12:00 p.m.        Silke, Primavera, Camicancha and Chillca 300 children
·        2:00 p.m.   Tanqac 150 children
·        3:00 p.m.   Phiry 150 children
Monday Dec.24 Cuenca de patacancha
·        9:00 a.m.   Ollantaytambo Town 600 children
·        11:00 a.m. Wayroncoyoc Pampa and Masca Bamba 100 children
·        2:00 p.m.        San Isidro 200 children

This pregnant with consequence action will light up 3300 faces that only experience  a treat like this once a year and Path of the Heart is determined to again be there to guarantee the smiles.

If you would like to give a child some hot chocolate and Vizcocho you can. $6.50 will cover five children and your gift of $13.00 will cover ten. Where else can you do so much for $13.00?

So this Christmas you can either help fund a solar generator or put a chocolate smile on the face of a child.

Make your tax deductible donation to http://www.pathoftheheart.org/donate-support/ and be sure to specify if its for the Orchid Solar or Orchid chocolate campaign.

It’s a super sweet deal for some wonderful people no matter which taste you prefer. The only caveat is that you need to reach out and embrace the giving.


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