2012 was a year of adventure and blessing for Athentikos

2012 Athentikos Collage

We are grateful to be able to share the journey of 2012 with you:

  • Athentikos took a risk and began production
    on the Becoming Fools documentary without full funding, believing God
    would provide. As of December 2012, the film is 75% complete.
  • Athentikos was blessed with our first production intern, Brandon Rojano.
  • In June, Athentikos partnered with Guatemalan Churches, NGO’s, Local and Federal Government in a consultation event to explore homelessness and present an official report to the Guatemalan Government.
  • In June, homeless youth shared their story through a theatrical performance in front of over 400 people in Guatemala’s historic Teatro Abril.
  • Athentikos served on a leadership team with Lemonade International & Vidas Plenas to host an annual Art Camp
    for 100 at-risk kids in the community of La Limonada. Guatemala.
    Athentikos provided over 70% of the funding through individual donations
    and a grant given by LEGO.

Stories inspire change and hope. We are thankful to be
able to share these incredible blessings from 2012! They would not be
possible without you! Please help Athentikos continue to inspire through
the art of story by giving a tax-deductible gift of $50, $100, $200 or
more. Your investment will be exponentially returned as it inspires through the art of story throughout 2013 and years to come!

Thank you for believing with us and generously sharing your time, talent
and treasure! We are all part of this story to inspire together!

Help us inspire hope by giving a tax-deductible donation.

Please give online today or send a check to:

Athentikos PO Box 1902 Springhill, TN 37174

Thank you,

Scott & Amelia Moore

www.athentikos.com

Can We Have Your Trash?

Trash is not something many people want or collect.  However, Sweden imports waste from other countries and is now running into the problem that there is just not enough trash.  Sweden imports trash to turn into electricity and power, and because of their efficiency in converting trash to power and need for more waste, Sweden is now looking to other countries, asking the question…Can we have your trash?

Due to its efficiency in converting waste to renewable energy, Sweden has recently begun importing around 800,000 tons of trash annually from other countries.  Sweden creates energy for around 250,000 homes and powers one-fifth of the district heating system.   –The Two Way

Trash in Guatemala

Can We Have Your Trash?

As highlighted in 0ur first film, Reparando, Guatemala is home to one of the largest garbage dumps in Latin America.  Twenty-four football fields can fit inside the walls of the Guatemala City Dump.  1,500 tons of trash are delivered each day, that is enough garbage to fill 35 Boeing 737 planes.  The dump provides a source of income for a documented 11,000 workers, and many other undocumented workers.

Can We Have Your Trash?Guatemala has a different and equally as unique way of recycling their trash from the way Sweden has engineered.  During my 7-month stay I got to know the Guatemalan recycling process a little better.  Not only do people work in the Guatemala City Dump scavenging through waste when it arrives, but people accompany the trash along the entire route from the second something is thrown in the trash until it reaches the Guatemala City Dump.

Can We Have Your Trash?One day I visited La Terminal, an area bustling with buses and people coming and going and a wide variety of stores selling everything from fruit to handmade charcoal.  La Terminal is also home to many people living in extreme poverty.  We visited an area where waste from the stores and people was dumped.  I saw people quickly scavenging through the waste as it was dumped to find fruits and vegetables that could still be eaten.  My heart broke for these people who didn’t have the means to otherwise obtain fruits and vegetables.

Can We Have Your Trash?Considering the amount of garbage a country can produce, you have to be very creative in ways to cut down national waste.  Guatemala is no exception.  While in Guatemala, I have seen very innovative and impressive ways of recycling waste.  One of the most commonly used recycled products is plastic bottles.  Our partner organization, Lemonade International recently implemented the installation of solar lightbulbs made of recycled soda bottles in homes in La Limonada.  (Click here for the full story.)  Many other non-profit organizations have used plastic bottles to build walls for schools across Guatemala. (Click here for more information.)

Here in the United States, we recycle but not as efficiently as some other countries.  In the United States, where the EPA says 250 million tons of trash was generated in 2010 alone, only about 34 percent was recycled.  Looks like we should be taking notes!  In order to make a difference, each country world-wide must do their part.  Even though Sweden and Guatemala have well established methods for recycling, “We live in a world where nearly 70 percent of deep sea Arctic creatures are in contact with human trash like plastic bags and beer bottles.” – The Two Way

Self-Portrait Collage Class at Art Camp

I (Amelia Moore) had the honor of teaching a collage class again at this year’s Art Camp. In addition to photography, I have a love for the creative art of collage. I love working with various materials to create an art piece! For me, its an exciting challenge to search through materials I have on hand like old tags, materials, photos, coins, paper or discarded bags; and of course it’s always fun to shop for new materials. Then it’s fun to use a variety of techniques combine all the materials to make one beautiful masterpiece! The kids also love creating a collage piece because they get to try several different techniques and learn how to use materials around them as supplies for their art piece (like painting with beets or making their piece 3D with recycled trash)!

This year my class focused on creating a self-portrait. I started the class by teaching them about facial portions and how to draw facial features. It’s always fun to learn about body portions! They continued their faces throughout the week by adding their own colors, materials and character. Around their faces they added paper mosaic. Finally, they finished their pieces by coloring their faces with black crayons and then scraping it off with a coin.

While these were all fun techniques, it was significant to use the process as a teaching tool. I shared with them how we are all created with the same features… everyone has two eyes in the center horizon of their faces, mouths that are the width of their eyes, a nose in the middle of their face, etc. Their interpretation of their characteristics illustrated how we are all made unique and for a purpose by God. The paper mosaic represented the influences all around us and that we need to be aware of the positive and negative influences. The black crayon we used to cover our faces represented the unhealthy choices, sin of others or ourselves, hurt, abuse or loneliness that we experience. Like the blackness of the crayons, these experiences block us from understanding and seeing God’s purpose in our lives. But we all have a choice to work towards healing and making healthy decisions and so we talked about that process as we worked (hard!) at scraping away the black crayon with the coins. Then we discussed how the “blackness” is still part of our lives but that too can shape us and that we can use those experiences to help others. Some kids had a really hard time liking the “black” of their art pieces (and I really did too since we spent all week creating some beautiful pieces); but it was a great opportunity to remind them that even with the “black” on their self-portraits, the pieces were beautiful! The black added depth and interest to the pieces. Yes, some of them did actually turn out darker than I would have liked, but that is the process of art AND LIFE – that you never know how things are going to turn out. But the significant thing about the process of creation is exploring, trying new things, being in the moment and celebrating the outcome.

And we got to celebrate their beautiful self-portrait creations at an Art Show at the end of the week! Upon returning to the city, we hosted an Art Show for the community. The kids were able to share what they learned and experienced at Art Camp with their friends and families. Our prayer is that through art, relationships and God’s truth, the kids would continue to understand their purpose and make healthy choices that will ultimately change their community… and country.

The majority of our camp funding comes through individual donations from people like you! Would you consider giving to make this opportunity happen again in 2013? All donations are tax deductible. You can make a donation now.

Photography by Amelia Moore & Sara Harper for Athentikos.