Education is a critical aspect of breaking the cycle of poverty. We are so thankful that God has allowed 11 students to continue their education this school year through For the Love scholarships. We are hopeful for additional growth and education for these families and students in the years to come.
The challenges of the Guatemala City garbage dump community are many, especially for students who are dedicated to working hard at school. There are not many places and spaces available for students to get help, be encouraged or just use a computer or table to complete an assignment. The tutoring center was developed out of a […]
Kris Rocke and Joel Van Dyke write in their book, Geography of Grace, “For those who want to make sense of serving marginalized populations in hard places, the image of God ‘hovering’ in chaos also frees us from the need to bring God to those we serve in order to fix them or their circumstances. […]
What can we say but Praise God over how He has used our open hands in Popabaj. Homes have been built, babies born healthy, children are growing and learning, moms are caring and interacting with their children and each other in new ways. God is good!
Community development strategies reach beyond mere charity to engage people in solving the problems in their neighborhoods,” write Alexia Salvatierra and Peter Hetzel in Faith Rooted Organizing. This builds upon a development rather than a relief approach. Often a community can solve its problems, but that development can be blocked by a number of outside […]
Public education is not free in Guatemala. In fact the cost of tuition, uniforms, books, shoes puts education out of reach for middle and high school students in the community around the garbage dump. There are many programs for preschool and elementary students but then the options disappear as they move to the next level […]
Often we don’t even notice cultural differences until we come in contact with another culture. Erin Meyer in her book, The Culture Map gives a great analogy, “Allow me to repeat the familiar story of the two young fish who encounter an older fish swimming the opposite way. He nods at them and says, ‘morning, […]
Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett offer an important awareness of material paternalism in their book When Helping Hurts: “Being from a materialistic culture, North Americans often view the solution to poverty in material terms and tend to pour financial and other material resources into situations in which the real need is for the local people […]
Thursdays in Popabaj are known as Thursdays of Love. The women come together to create a delicious and nutritious meal for their children. They laugh and share their lives. The children come together to play and learn in preparation for elementary school. The older children come home from school to a healthy meal to nourish […]
One tutor explained the purpose behind playing games with students as a part of their tutoring session. He said you can ask a student how their day was, and you will get a short answer, but if you play a game and get to know them, you will start to hear more of both the […]