Barrington’s Courtney Quigley finds hope and a life mission amidst the squalor of people living in and near the Guatemala City garbage dump.
She’s still a teen, but Courtney Quigley has already found her mission: to help poverty stricken families who live in the garbage dump of Guatemala City. It is a challenging place to visit and to work in as Courtney describes. “You are thrown into a situation where you are completely surrounded by garbage. It is nauseating; there are mangy dogs, dead rats, dead dogs, drunk men,” she said. “There is nothing here that is hopeful, but when you shake hands, hug, and talk to people, they are so full of hope, so full of faith,” Courtney said. “No one should live that way, and yet, they find hope and faith. It is so inspiring. “These people deserve anything I can give them, no matter how much it hurts to hear their stories or see the pain in …
“Hope’s In Style” Fashion Show on Feb. 24 will build home for family living in city garbage dump.
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Friday, February 15
Fashion and compassion will work hand-in-hand on Feb. 24, 1- 4 p.m., when Barrington High School students present a charity fashion show called “Hope’s In Style” at the Garlands Center for The Performing Arts, 1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington. All proceeds from the event will go to Potter’s House Association to build a house for 8-year-old Monica Morales and her seven family members who are currently living in squalor conditions at the Guatemala City garbage dump in Guatemala. The idea for this event was born when Barrington High School junior Courtney Quigley, interned for a month in Guatemala with Potter’s House, an organization that helps more than 11,000 people currently living in garbage dump communities in Guatemala. During her work …