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Cultural Interpretive Society Charity Work Around The World

Providing clothing, blankets and other forms of aid to communities in need ...

Guatemala 2012

The volunteers of the Cultural Interpretive Society annually prepare quilts for the Selkirk College Nursing Students travelling to Guatemala for their practicum experience.

Mary Ann Morris, the Nursing Instructor writes,

"Thank you so very much for your steadfast support for the nursing students and the people of Guatemala since the beginning of our international nursing practice experience in 2006. Each year we are graced with your prayers, kind wishes for a safe and fulfilling learning experience, and the generous donations of beautifully handcrafted quilts, pillow cases, and stuffed animals for the children."
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The nursing students and instructors received quilts made "with loving care" by the CIS volunteers.

The nursing students were joined by the CIS volunteers who extended best wishes for the Guatemalan mission.


Members of the community of Sipicapa receiving the quilts.

Two students spending time with children from one of the families that hosted them (the children wove flowers into the hair of the nursing students).


Mount Sentinel Secondary School Interact Club Oaxaca, Mexico

On February 20, 2013 the Cultural Interpretive Society hosted the Mt. Sentinel Secondary School Interact Club. The students presented an account of their travels to Oaxaca, Mexico. Their service project focused on the construction and installation of a solar water collector for the Hijos de la Luna, a children's home that houses approximately fifty children. For the visiting students a language barrier posed no difficulty as they shared universal ideals of joy, love, sharing and gratitude. The CIS volunteers felt privileged to be a part of these ideals as they had prepared twelve quilts for the children of Hijos de la Luna. The Zapotec, the main indigenous group in the Oaxaca area, live by their motto: "Take care of the land (especially the soil), take care of each other, and share." As the Mount Sentinel students interacted with the locals, they sincerely felt that though the physical geography and the language were different from our own here, "in our hearts we are all one".


Rotary Club Auction and Raffle

On October 25, 2012 the Rotary Club of Nelson Daybreak hosted an International Tasting Faire to support funding the annual salary of a qualified teacher at the Haiti Arise School in Grand-Goave, Haiti. The Cultural Interpretive Society was pleased to donate several items, a quilt to the silent auction and a teddy bear wall hanging as well as a crocheted toy teddy bear for a raffle.


Mt. Sentinel Students assist Home of the Children of the Moon.


South Slocan's Mt. Sentinel Secondary School students of the Quest For Community program received 23 quilts and pillow cases made and donated by the USCC Doukhobor Cultural Interpretive Society. On January 23, 2012, these students, with teachers Don Warthe and Ruby Peppard, traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico to work with children of migrant sex-trade workers. They volunteered at the Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna (Home of the Children of the Moon), bringing with them much needed supplies and funding.






Bolivia, South America


A group of fifteen youth, the Rotary Interact Club students at Stanley Humphries Secondary School, and six adults from the Castlegar area visited Bolivia for 15 days to help those less fortunate.  The group focused on completing a new Bolivia Children's Mission Orphanage for children who previously lived in an overcrowded home. For this trip in 2008, the Cultural Interpretive Society donated a quilt for each of the children in this orphanage.






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