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Retired teachers step up with funds to assist Paso Por Paso

Funds from organization helped local charity build roof over playground of school in Guatemala

St. Paul’s Centre provided the location for the annual Paso Por Paso pancake brunch. Janice Napp, president of District 17 of the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO), presented Paso with a cheque that assisted the Orillia group in the building of a roof over the concrete playground of the remote village school in Tierra Linda, Guatemala.

Each year, RTO grants monies under their Project Service to Others and District Grants to local not-for-profit organizations. Charities and organizations with RTO members can apply both at the district and provincial level. Paso’s grant came from a District Grant. RTO’s aim is to make the public aware that teachers are still very active in the local community and abroad even after retirement from the classroom.

Paso Por Paso is a registered charity which was initiated by eight retired high school teachers from Orillia. Not only has it made many physical improvements to the school building om Guatemala, but it also sponsors children from elementary school to university. Education is the most important gift to give and receive.

Paso also provided microloans to 54 women in Tierra Linda to start or expand a business. These interest-free loans have not only helped to ease family poverty but also raises their esteem in the family and village.

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