Great Fundraiser for Animal-Assisted Therapy!

Last month, we had a wonderful fundraiser pop-up for Bocalán Guatemala and Fundación Way-bi here in Antigua.  We had our products for sale with 20-40% of the proceeds going to the two organizations for their animal-assisted therapy programs.  Suburbia Lounge also donated 10% of all food and drink sales, so together we were able to raise a good chunk of money 🙂

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THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by!  Just with Kakaw sales we were able to raise over 1000Q.

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Quentin and Berry, best friends 🐶

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Great mimosas, the best brunch in town!

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It’s fun to be able to sell one-of-a-kind products not found on kakawdesigns.com 🙂

MUCHAS GRACIAS!  It’s always amazing to see all the supporters of Kakaw come out in person.  We really appreciate it!

 

XOXO,

Mari

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Pop-Up Fundraiser THIS SUNDAY!

For all you folks in beautiful Antigua, Guatemala… we hope you can come join us for a wonderful little fundraiser in support for Bocalán Guatemala and Fundación Way-bi.

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Come and join us for a delicious brunch (THERE WILL BE MIMOSAS!), say hi to yours truly, and hang out with a couple of awesome assisted therapy dogs, like Quentin pictured above.  You know I’ll be hanging out with the pups, no doubt.

40% of sales from our Perrito Collection as well as 20% of everything else will be going to these awesome groups.  Oh, and the venue Suburbia will be donating a portion of the restaurant sales, so you can enjoy brunch and drink all those mimosas for a good cause.

 

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SEE YOU ON SUNDAY!

 

XOXO,

Mari

Success!! Fundación Waybi Event

After lots of prepping on design and production, we are so pleased with how the TAKE A WALK event went last week!

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Held at the best textile museum in Guatemala with food, wine, live music, and of course Kakaw products, it was a night not to be missed!  Fundación Waybi was able to raise awareness and funds for their animal assisted therapy programs, and we are happy to be donating 40% of all sales from that evening to the cause.

Next step: making the Perrito Collection available online, of course always with a portion going directly to Fundación Waybi so that they can continue their work with their therapy animals here in Guatemala, helping people with disabilities live fuller lives.  Expect those cute Perrito Clutches and Wallets to be available next month!

Check out some of the photos from the night:

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Perritos everywhere!

We’ve been working on something different… a collection full of dogs!  Because we love dogs, yes, but most of all because the organization Bocalán Guatemala / Fundación Waybi approached us to see if we could help them with this specific collection, with the goal of raising funds to train puppies to become therapy dogs here in Guatemala.

You see, Bocalán works internationally with dogs specifically for animal assisted therapy.  These dogs are amazing, and help people with all kinds of different disabilities live fuller and hopefully happier lives.  To learn more about the organization, check out their Facebook page.

We’re planning a local event in July to launch this collection – and soon after that, the idea is to have the products available for sale online as well, always with a portion of the sales going to Bocalán.  We’re pretty excited about this… local artisans, handmade process, high-quality and beautiful products… and now add to the list training dogs for therapy?  This is truly win-win for everyone.

Sweet Thursday: Sweet Sarah

Our special lovely lady of the week, Sarah – pura chapina.
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Sarah with her 6 pairs of Kakaw boots! Not all for her, some were to share as Christmas gifts 😉

1.  Where are you from?  (I always like to ask this question to people who have an interesting background, it’s a difficult one for me to answer myself so I find it interesting…)
My name is Sarah, and I was born in Guatemala to American parents originating from Mississippi and Arkansas. During my childhood we frequently visited our family in the US, but as the years passed Guatemala truly became our home. As a teenager I went to boarding school in the north eastern part of the US, and then attended college in Miami where I continued to live for a few years after graduating. I guess you could say I have influences of all kinds… some good ol’ southern roots, a bit of New Englander’s charm mixed with the rich Latin culture that I love so much. However, if I had to give you the short version I would say I am a proud Guatemalan.
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Sarah and Quentin

2. The word out there is that you work with therapy dogs.  For those of us not really familiar with how animals can be helpful in therapy, could you tell us how that works and what your role is?
I do work with therapy dogs and I love my job! I work at Fundación Waybi/Bocalán Guatemala, a non-profit organization. Our mission it is to improve the quality of life of people, helping them lead happier, more independent lives through our therapy and education programs, as well as our assistance dog program.
Our programs include Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI), these consist of Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT), Animal Assisted Education (AAE) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA). AAT is the participation of a trained animal within a therapeutic process which is directed by a health professional, and is designed to promote improvement in physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning. AAE is the inclusion of a trained animal in an educational program working with set objectives and directed by an education profesional, it facilitates learning by generating positive emotions. AAAs are planned activities with animals that have purely recreational purposes. We also train assistance dogs, these dogs are placed with individuals ranging from people with physical disabilities to children with Autism.  I am a certified trainer and technician in AAIs and work alongside these health and education professionals.
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Love!

3.  We saw this lovely photo of you on Facebook.  Just with that one shot we can see the calming effect animals can have on people, and the loving relationship that can develop between us (humans) and dogs.  So, who is this giant teddy-bear looking fluff ball?
I love this picture! This is Quentin, he is one of many dogs we have at Fundación Waybi/Bocalán Guatemala. Quentin lives and works with me, I am his handler and trainer. “A giant teddy-bear looking fluff ball” is a perfect description of him! I’ve had the privilege of working with Quentin in many wonderful projects, from AAT with children with Down Syndrome, Autism and Cerebral Palsy to a fantastic AAE program in which we work at a school helping children learn mathematics in a fun way, generating positive emotions.
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Quentin working at school

Research shows that people who are in a positive emotional state will be open to a learning experience, make more positive judgments and give more favorable feedback than someone in a negative state. I can tell you from personal experience, it is difficult to be in a negative state around Quentin! There truly is an incredible bond that develops between human beings and dogs, and it is with this knowledge that we endeavor to create and implement successful programs in an effort to better the lives of people through these amazing animals. To learn more about the programs and what we do, please visit us at www.fundacionwaybi.org or facebook.com/bocalanguatemala. You can also find more information about our certification course in AAI, as well as many other educational courses throughout the year.

Guess which boots she had custom-made!  Not at all surprising that she chose the textile with DOGS..... you think she might like dogs a little bit?  :D  We do too!!!

Guess which boots she had custom-made! Not at all surprising that she chose the textile with DOGS….. you think she might like dogs a little bit? 😀 We do too!!!