The talents of Bill and Sara Minihan and their staff at the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers is evident in the musicals they produce. They continuously receive rave review from visitors of Grand Rivers. You walk away with a song in your heart, but did you know that the same dedication they give to producing quality entertainment is practiced in all aspects of their lives. Bill and Sara believe in giving back, and found their calling on a trip to Guatemala. They have not only touched the lives of hundreds in Guatemala with their kind souls and helping hands; but they have helped to change the future of hundreds of children who otherwise would never have a chance.
Guatemala is a very small country in Central America; not much bigger than the state of Tennessee. From 1960 to 1996, Guatemala underwent a horrible Civil War fought between their government and the Leftist Rebels. The strive of decades of civil war, natural disasters, and isolation of rural areas is evident in the harsh reality of the impoverished lives of the Maya people in rural Guatemala today.
Because of Guatemala’s location between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean; it is a target for hurricanes. The substandard housing conditions in poor rural areas cannot withstand the harsh weather conditions. Living in tents and having classrooms made of straw will never keep the population safe from common severe weather. Without some kind of stepping stone, these people will struggle to move forward.
The patrons of the Badgett Playhouse have provided that much needed stepping stone. These patrons have donated funds for the construction of classrooms to help provide a brighter future for children in Guatemala. They are making a difference. They are placing hopes in the hearts of people who didn’t know there was hope to be had for such a bright future. It only takes a little push to encourage and inspire people to see a better tomorrow.
Over the last three years the Badgett Playhouse donated funds to build eight classrooms in the city of Vijolom II. Vijolom was destroyed in part of the Civil War. This region of El Quiche was one of the hardest hit by this war and they still have not fully recovered. The village of Vijolom has been without adequate classroom facilities for over 20 years. Even with this struggle; somehow almost 350 students and 11 dedicated teachers found a way to conduct school each and every day in buildings with mud floors made of scrap lumber and salvaged materials.
This is the way I look at it; helping others is like a ripple effect. You might only do a little bit, but to someone with less than nothing that little bit is a lot indeed. If you educate a hundred children, those children are going to go on to make a difference in their country. Those hundred children are going to grow up and touch a thousand lives and help move and educate a thousand more lives then there was before them. Helping a few, can change the future of an entire nation. By helping out where you can, you are helping to give hope to people who never knew that there was hope to be had.
I want to personally thank the generosity of the patrons of the Badgett Playhouse in Grand Rivers. Their generosity inspires me. Also I want to thank the team working at the Badgett Playhouse and those who are involved in making this change for the children of Guatemala. You are amazing people with amazing hearts and I am honored to work with you and can’t wait to see what the future holds for your success in Guatemala.
To learn more about the Badgett Playhouse Theater in Grand Rivers, vist the Badgett Playhouse website.
To learn more about the classroom project in Guatemala and find out how to donate to this cause, visit their website here. Project Guatemala.