OUR GUATEMALA CONNECTIONS
Guatemala is about the size of Tennessee but has a population 3 times greater. This 3rd world country is home to some of the most amazing historical pyramids, jungles, and a rich and beautiful culture colored by a proud and dynamic people. We partner with an amazing church in Guatemala City, working side by side in the indigenous villages in the north-eastern area around the Rio Dulce River. Some of the villages are more than 1000 years old and their Mayan heritage still runs deep.
Set in the jungles on the east coast of Guatemala (6 hours away from Guatemala City) these villages are the jungle trip everyone adventurous is looking for. In the villages, you will see that most of the children do not have shoes; the homes are made of sticks and thatched roofs and the number of children playing in the streets is almost outnumbered by the chickens, pigs and dogs running freely. These are very isolated villages, for anyone to go get resources it is a matter of walking into Rio Dulce, an over 2 hour journey.
Our partner in Guatemala, C.C.C.G. began working in these villages over 10 years ago and we have found them to be friendly and responsive. Our goal is to bring HOPE to these untouched group of villages. Building them up through their village church, school and local Elder’s to be more self-sufficient, healthier and better educated. We do this with sponsored feeding programs, construction projects including: clinics, schools, churches and retreat centers as well as camp teams that visit each of the villages.
Most of these villagers don’t speak Spanish. They speak a dialect of Q’eqchi. (que-chi), and there are at least 40 known dialects of Q’eqchi. The children in the villages are learning Spanish in school and we will have some translators with us to help us bridge this gap.
We have a couple trips planned to work in Guatemala; March of 2017 and December of 2018. Please consider how you can help us with this very important outreach.