As you may already know, Newton Garver died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 8, with his wife Anneliese and daughter Mimi present. While we regret the end of his life with us, we give thanks for the inspiration and example that Newton provided.
Bolivian Friends will hold a meeting for remembrance in celebration of the life and ministry of Newton, at Friends Church on Max Paredes tomorrow, March 8, at 10:00 am La Paz time (9 am EST).
BQE-Bolivia alumni, students, and parents, along with other Bolivian Friends who have known and worked with Newton, will be in attendance. They will meet until noon and then share an Apthapi lunch – an Aymara-style potluck.*
Bernabé Yujra, who together with “Brother Newton” began the work that grew into BQEF, writes: “We hope you will join us in spirit with your prayers this day.”
A Memorial Meeting will be held at the Orchard Park Meetinghouse, 6924 E. Quaker Street St., Orchard Park, NY, on May 3 at 11 A.M. Friends who cannot make that gathering are again invited to be present in thought and prayer.
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” ~Kofi Annan
There is so much good work calling for our support as individuals, meetings, Friends. This time of year it can be hard to select from among the many appeals when deciding where to focus our giving.
Always, I am called back to this brilliant insight by Kofi Annan. Particularly in a small, emerging nation like Bolivia, where educated and ethical young people, living out their Quaker faith, can hold more sway in goverment and civil society. And where young Bolivian Friends like Irma Lima Tarqui give so generously of their time and treasure to help others, like the young students pictured here.
I had the opportunity to participate in 4 yearly meetings (SAYMA, NPYM, NWYM & PacYM) and the Friends General Conference [Gathering] this summer. My visit to the United States was for 9 weeks, during which I was in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, Oregon, and California.
I start by telling you, that this visit was a challenge for me with some difficulties that I had. When I arrived I could not access my yahoo mail, where I had all the contacts or references, then I saw that my suitcase wheels had broken. The hardest thing was the poison ivy for 5 weeks, and lastly a severe cold for 2 weeks.
But you were always there:
Friends, the grace of God is very great because you were always there to support me when I needed it, in every place that I was.
From Friends World News, vol. 1 No. 179:
"Section of the Americas
...the Meeting of Representatives of the Section of the Americas was held in good order in Morgantown, Indiana from March 12-17, 2013...
...Saturday was a full-day workshop, part of our Living Water series. Cristela Marinez (El Salvador YM), Howie Baker (Ohio Valley YM), John Fitzgerald (Ireland YM), David Millar (Canadaian YM), Emma Condori (Bolivia Holiness Mission YM) and Rob Yurisko (Lake Erie YM) all had roles in the interactive program, utilitizing the readings and exercises in the Living Water Study book..."
Gaby Chambi Perca is beginning her ninth semester studying Agronomy and Animal Husbandry at the University of San Simón in Cochabamba, thanks to her own hard work and a BQEF sponsorship by a US family.
Last semester, Gaby’s section had a workshop on calf management. A lecturer from Argentina taught about life in the calf’s early days, and particularly the importance of colostrum for the calf. Gaby also had a practicum on the “Santa Maria” farm.
Model Organic Standards
In an earlier semester, her studies included a visit to the model organic farm in Pairumani, where she learned about the various machinery and implements used, and about the farm's strict organic standards which require, for example, that they not use seeds from foreign markets.
Hi, this is Gabriela Molina Valencia speaking about my news to Friends in other lands. I am delighted because the financial help has allowed me to study in the University. I am in my fifth semester, studying psychology. In 2011 my university classes just started on February 15. I'm taking social psychology and psychology in education, this semester only part time. I have to work every morning which basically functions as a practicum. My job is perfect for my career and it helps me with tuition. My practicum is working with 2 years old at the preschool, Happyland. I help the toddlers who haven't been away from their parents to adjust to a school. These young ones are still learning to speak their first language. Sometimes they cut their words, so I am using speech therapy to those who cut off or slur their words.
Through BQEF, Jeff Keith and I led a workshop about Bolivian Friends and Bolivia at FGC gathering 2012. During the workshop we looked at how Bolivian people struggled for centuries until the current goverment came to power. Bolivian Friends have sought well-being for the country by using education as a peaceful way to solve social problems and concerns in Bolivia.
Also I traveled to two different Yearly Meetings in the western US. At the North Pacific Yearly Meeting gathering in Tacoma, Washington many Friends loved hearing about Bolivian Quaker community. It was such a blessed experience to workship with them. At the NPYM "Quaker Fair" I shared about Bolivian Friends and about the story of the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund's work. I liked visiting with the children at this yearly meeting, talking with them and showing pictures about Friends in Bolivia.