December 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • Page 7 Glen Rock for the Holidays Courtney Wong, a Glen Rock resident and 2005 Glen Rock High School graduate, will host a fundraising sale of Guatemalan artisan products on Sunday, Dec. 20 from to 5 p.m. at 12-9-091kathy/janinethe Community Church of Glen Rock at 354 Rock Road. The sale will take place in the GlenRockHolidayBanner(12-9-09) entrance) and Fellowship Hall Foyer (Hamilton Avenue will benefit 6 x .75” Limitless Horizons Ixil, a sustainable community development organization that serves the remote indigenous Ixil Maya community of Chajul, Guatemala. A variety of items perfect for holiday gifts will be sold, including handmade scarves, bags, jewelry, and holiday ornaments. Limitless Horizons Ixil, also known as LHI, is a non- Resident to hold fundraising Holiday Artisan Sale partisan, non-religious, Guatemalan non-governmental organization with American 501(c)3 nonprofit status. The group combines local and international resources and expertise to improve the quality of life in the Ixil region, located in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The community has a corn-based agricultural economy and adults struggle to feed their families on the average income of $1 to $3 per day. Less than five percent of children graduate from middle school and 75 percent of the adult population is illiterate. LHI conducts a number of community programs in Chajul, focusing on education, health, women’s empowerment, and community development. These include a scholarship and educational support program for middle and high school students, Chajul’s first public library, a “safe stoves” initiative, a career development program, intensive Spanish language instruction, and a women’s artisan program. Wong, who earned a degree in public policy from Brown University in May, has been working in Chajul as LHI’s International Coordinator since September. Wong’s interest in Latin American culture and sustainable development was fostered by the time she spent in Ecuador in 2008, when she worked with a women’s artisan cooperative, lived with the Secoya indigenous community, and worked on the internationally recognized 30,000 person class action lawsuit that seeks redress from Chevron-Texaco for their oil contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The upcoming sale will raise necessary funds for LHI’s work in 2010. “Chajul is a beautiful community with rich culture and traditions that needs a lot of support to overcome its history of extreme poverty and subsistence living,” Wong said. “LHI is working to provide the people of Girls from Chajul weave on a traditional backstrap loom. A Guatemalan woman prepares thread for her weaving as her children look on. Chajul with opportunities to achieve higher standards of living and education, and I’m proud to be involved in this important effort.” For more information about Limitless Horizons Ixil or the sale, contact Courtney Wong at or visit We wish all of our patrons, friends and neighbors a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season. Please support our annual COAT DRIVE by bringing your gently used coat to our store! Holiday Stocking Stuffers, Grab Bag, and Special Gifts from Santa - All Wrapped in Our Special Way for All Your Favorite Children. OUR GIFT IS FOR GIVING! TOTALLY COOL AND FUN FOR ALL! Only quality - we’re on the ball! You’ll get service with a smile, Smartly wrapped - is our style! The best holiday wishes from us to you! The Complete Children’s Gift & Toy Store 190 ROCK ROAD, GLEN ROCK, NJ • 201-447-0447 The GROW-CERY Ltd. Family Owned Since 1916 The Glen Rock Chamber “Small enough to know you, large enough to serve you.” Frank Kilroy Rock Road , Glen Rock (Next to Town Hall) 201-444-5151 Shop Locally for the Holidays recommends