Some of our field assistants were aware that an impoverished family in one of the fields were we hunt needed help and they did not wait. They went ahead and helped them. Check the full story and the pictures in this report.
On the third week of May, five field assistants from Pointer Outfitters team decided to donate some of their personal income to purchase food for one impoverished family in the area where we go hunting. We’d like to share with all of you these pictures from this latest mission. The most amazing thing is that now Soaring is being spread and is not only coming up with ideas from the general managers involved in Soaring Argentina. It's also happening with everybody working at the company, bringing new ideas and trying to help. We hope this continues and we have the feeling that something amazing will happen and we'll get to see improvements in the areas we're helping.
In November 2016 we had three days of outreach to the schools. In that occasion, we gave the schools, teachers and students supplies and we spent time with them in their daily activities. The mission did not finish there, we decided to keep ties with the schools we had help and come back again while trying to reach new schools as well.
So the mission on the 20th of April was very special for different reasons. First, we were going back to one school we had visited last November, Adelina Romero de Juarez. But the plan this time was different. We were going to paint the building, besides from giving them more supplies. What’s special about this is that the idea came from one of our field assistants. He came up with the idea and planned the logistics for the day. Personally speaking, this makes a whole difference in the story; they are not just helping because they are part of the company, but they are helping and coming up with ideas because they feel involved and committed to this good cause.So we left the company headquarters at 8 am. On the way to the school we stopped to say hi to different neighbours in the area, who were happy to see us around. This friendliness and warmth surprised Dale, a kind man from the USA who had come to help us. Wayne, another friend from the USA, was not very impressed. He already feels like a local and enjoys having some mate (our typical tea) with the neighbours. When we got to the school, we started the work. There were brushes for everybody. The team was divided among those who painted and those who helped clean and organize the school stuff.
Marina is the teacher in this school. She has just been teaching there for a year and it’s her first teaching job. There are 10 students in this school, from K-6. She has about 12 kilometers to get to school everyday; so far so good. But the roads are gravel roads, and there are no buses or public transport she can rely on. She doesn’t have a car either, so what is left is to take a taxi every day to go to school. This is very expensive for her, and of course, she doesn’t get much help to pay this expense. I was very happy to meet her. Marina, to me, she is an example of vocation and hard work. She could have stayed in the town, doing any other job, but instead she chose to be a teacher, in a rural school, which implies teaching 7 different levels in the same classroom and to 10 kids at the same time. These kids, of course, do not have the same level of cognitive development, kids in kindergarten request more time and detailed explanations than those in 6th grade. But Marina can handle this. She says it is stressing, but when you see how she talks and deals with the kids you understand it. The students are like her kids, she’s a teacher and a mother. And she’s also the future for these kids. She knows that what she teaches to them will play a vital role in their future. Hopefully, they will get some kind of secondary education, but not all of them will.
At about 2pm we had finished painting the building and we were ready to share some choripan, sausage on bread, our typical street food, or go-to meal whenever you need a filling but quick and mess free lunch. Choripanes were shared among all the company staff, the teacher, the cook, some parents who had joined us to help and some students, too. It was a really nice meal where we exchanged our opinions and feelings. Marina, the teacher, was very moved. She said that the parents and students were saving money for other things they school needed, such as bigger boards, but painting the school was unaffordable for them; and as you might imagine, not a priority at all when there were so many other urgent needs.
The day before painting the school, parents had helped the teacher move the furniture around. After painting, we helped clean and put the furniture in some of the classrooms back in their place. At this point, I was beaming. Marina’s classroom showed her dedication to teaching in every detail. Posters covering all the walls, learning stations, drawings and decorations. You could tell she loved her job and we could tell everything looked much nicer with freshly painted walls. That was going to have an impact in the kids motivation for learning, that’s for sure.
I want to make a special comment on this post. Dale was a man for the US who had come to Argentina to hunt last year and he came again to join us in our missions. His dedicated help surprised us all. Since he stepped out of the car and got a brush, he did not stop doing all sorts of things; painting, cleaning, moving things around, etc. He worked very quietly, did not even take breaks and accepted our mates (local drink) with gratitude and confidence. (mates can be a bit weird the first time you have them.)
After we left the school, we made our way to a very special place, another area where we had been helping last year in one of our missions. We wanted to find Mario, another generous local who had welcomed us and cooked a special meal for us when we were there the year before. Pablo and Wayne wanted to say hi to him, drink some mate, talk about the current social situation in the area and identify other schools that might need help.
Stay tuned and read about the visit to Mario's place in the second part of this post!
In April 2017, we will again go to Argentina to serve in the schools. Dale Williams, a Dallas business owner will be coming to help. We welcome others to join us.
YOU can be a part of local missions in Argentina in April. We will arrive April 19th and work though April 22nd. Could you join us???
Wayne Graham here. I serve on the board of Soaring Argentina, a Texas-based non-profit organization serving the rural Northern Cordoba Province. We are working to open new educational opportunities and provide medical resources to this very impoverished this area.
Soaring Argentina, exists to improve the education and medical environments in the Cordoba Province of Argentina. Through gifts of hunters and other supporters, our social programs directly benefit the children and youth of Argentina, as well as all who are in need of medical attention.
Over the next months, dozens of hunt groups will be heading to South America to experience the adventure of hunting with Pointer Wingshooting. These hunters will enjoy great food, great concierge service and the warm culture of Argentina. However, many of these hunters will have something else on their minds as well.
Many of the hunters heading to Cordoba are making plans to bring an extra bag or two filled with youth or children sized clothing to donate to Soaring Argentina’s efforts. Some will be bring schoool supplies such as colored pencils and notebooks. Others will be making a financial donation to help us help others.
In November 2017, my wife Laura, and I spent time in 8 schools in this rural area, along with Pablo and his wife Silvia and their 3 children. In the four days we visited schools we were joined by the office staff and field staff of Pointer Wingshooting. Together we delivered truckloads of clothing and school supplies. We spent time talking with teachers, parents and students about specific educational needs of the school and the future of the students. We learned a great deal about the struggles and life in the country.
Currently, the norm for rural villages is students who finished elementary grades in their local school do not continue their education. If we can encourage elementary students to continue in their education by moving to a nearby town, the usual pattern of poverty can be broken; leading to possibilities of a better future.
With each visit we have made to these schools, we are able to see these children begin to comprehend the reality of a larger world; it being more than the mud homes, goats they tend and carrying drinking water to their homes.
Will you join me? Will you help us help others through Soaring Argentina. Come with us!!
On October 17th, while Gary and Jordan were finishing their morning hunt, we picked their wives up, Kimber and Kiera, from the lodge and took them to the field where we all met and went to visit the first school.
The group have had donated some money that we invested in school supplies to help rural schools in the north of Cordoba; they requested if they could come with us to deliver this donation and we happily agreed.
We visited a couple of schools that day, it was noon and the kids were having lunch or getting ready to leave soon to their houses.
Jose de San Martin School was our first stop; a little school remotely located 20 to 30 min far from the main road. There we met Rosa, a local teacher in charge of 5 little students from the area, aged between 2 and 5 years old. They were surprised and a quite shy at the beginning, but it didn’t take long until we were all laughing, reading books and finding our home countries at the globe they had on the table.
We gave them some color pencils, a notebook to draw in, along with other schools supplies to take home. This school has one classroom, one storage room and a little kitchen with a table where the kids have breakfast every morning. It was great to meet Rosa and the kids, they were all very happy to see us as well as we were for being there.
We said goodbye with a lot of hugs and kisses and we drove another 10 min to the next school.
We got to Fray Luis Beltran School, where we met Maria Ester. This was a bigger school with a couple of classrooms, a dining room and a kitchen. There were 8 kids, aged between 5 and 11 years old; they were having lunch the moment we walked in. We got to speak with the cook and she told us they get their frozen meals once a month from PAICor (a government organization that provides food to schools where the kids have limited resources).
After our little tour and talk with the kids and the two women in charge, we gave them also school supplies to take home and Gary brought some treats from the van for the kids to eat after lunch.
We said goodbye and headed back to the field for lunch and, while waiting for our food to be ready, we talked with Gary, Kimber, Jordan and Kiera about the schools and thanked them for taking the time to be part of this, we all agreed that sometimes we don’t realize how much we have or how easily we are able to get the things that we want until you get to see this other reality.
These kids living in remote places with no access to a personal computer, video games, phones, tablets, like any other kid we see today, they are full of happiness still, with smiles on their faces, trying their best to do well in school and to outdo themselves every day.
They might don’t even know what is to be a high school student, or a college student, or what is to get a good job that will allow them to pursuit their dreams, and they’re still too young to even worry about that, but we truly believe that with our help, a lot of kids will be more and more close to achieve these goals.
Our mission is to improve the quality of education for elementary children and to supply rural schools and hospitals with equipment and supplies which are desperately needed,so we’re extremely thankful to count on the help of hunters and non-hunters that visited Argentina during this year.
This was an experience that filled my heart in with joy and it was great to share it with Gary, Kimber, Jordan and Kiera, they are all amazing people that I certainly hope to see again soon!
I can’t wait to visit more schools and hospitals in our mission next week!
Pointer Outfitters Argentina
We want to show you pictures from a visit to one of the schools in the area we are working known as “Ceferino Namuncura”. Adriana, the teacher and representative of the institution, received us warmly. In this effort, we were joined by Martin (head guide from Cordoba), Cindy (marketing and communication), Carlos “Gallo” (logistic and scout from Cordoba) and “Chelo” (video and photo).
Our first goal was to contribute to the construction of the gym floor at the school. Additionally, we desired to identify twelve USA sponsors who would assist 12 children when they finish their primary studies. This support will help them to move to the city and attend high school.
We are going to report all the progress we have been seeing here. If you want to stay in touch with this project and assist in any way, please contact us through this link. We are offering a free trip to those who collaborate with our social program. JOIN US NOW!
Pablo Aguilo (Director)
We were hunting doves with Wayne, a minister from a Dallas Baptist church, and all his friends some days ago. The second day while I was scouting for doves I stopped at School “9 de Julio” to talk with some of the neighbors about some doves fields in northern Cordoba. The school is located in the hills area, about 10 miles down the gravel road from road number 9.
The land owners in this area have an average of about 200 acres each. They had a special request for us. They needed a gate, a wooden post and some help for the school. We thought it would be a good way to help them, and for that reason we invited Mr. Oscar, a gaucho from the area, to join us for lunch the following day.
Yes, you guessed it. Wayne and his friends were happy to meet Oscar and talked to him, with some help from translators. Wayne knew what was going on in a minute, and had a great idea. He said: “We will help the school”. On the third day, on the way to our hunting field, we showed Lisle, Jim, Sam, Barry and John the school named 9 de julio. We explained the situation to them, and they all agreed that it would be very nice to help them with a donation. So, everyone put in around $100 bucks, and we had a budget to help.
Our guests finished hunting on a Sunday, but because Wayne had been invited to stay 2 more days with me we agreed to go together on the following Monday to help Oscar and the neighbors at the school. (Please check the pictures below)
We bought pencils, rubbers, colors, papers, all kind of materials for studying. We also bought different elements for cleaning, tons of toilet paper, soap, and other needed items. We bought a nice soccer ball and some shirts for the kids, and of course we bought the wooden gate and the post.
On Monday Oscar was waiting for us with some parents and we all enjoyed setting the gate and giving the kids the ball and Real Madrid Shirts. We also played soccer all together and enjoyed camaraderie.
It was nice to have a big asado (lunch) all together. We share a dream. Wayne was both surprised and satisfied with the experience, but said he would have preferred to work harder and give more to the school. He told me of his plan. He would love to come and do a few days hunting in combination with three days of hard work helping one small community have some of their needs met. The idea sounds good, and we believe we are already headed in the right direction.
We stopped at a second school. We gave away a Real Madrid Soccer shirt to one of the kids as a gift for his merit and efforts toward success. This was very important. We had made a promise months before that we would return and honor the one who had worked the hardest. Two days later we received a letter from the teacher, Rosa, saying thank you for giving the kids a great day, and for supporting them. That was a very nice feeling. When you do something for someone that really needs it, not expecting anything in return, there is a unique, good feeling. Actions like this help us be better persons.
The best part of this experience was how our Pointer team helped. They took their free day to join us and help. They were so happy at the end of the day. They said it would be great to do it more often. We are happy to share this experience with you.
We hope you have enjoyed it. We hope you will be the next one.
We are offering a free hunting trip to anyone who will join us in these efforts.
For more information about this offer and our missions, please contact Wayne Graham, a key supporter in helping with this local mission. You may contact him at any time for further information.