Thursday, October 12, 2017
Supporter Appreciation: Guatemala Service Project Completes Another Successful Visit
Written by Hunter Kennedy, Education Program Coordinator
We were lucky to once again host Guatemala Service Projects from Oconomowoc, WI this August 8th - 12th! This group does a little bit of everything and wasted no time getting to work, sorting through donations as soon as they walked through the door. Of all their suitcases full of supplies, the pièce de résistance was an ultrasound machine donated to our Medical program! As several group members work in the medical field back home, the importance of proactive healthcare is not lost on anyone. This type of machinery is hard to come by in rural Guatemala, but has the potential to revolutionize the way Mayan Families serves its patients. From all of us in Panajachel, thank you for connecting vulnerable populations with the latest in prenatal care!
The following morning, Guatemala Service Projects came to the Mayan Families office to see a traditional dance performed by our Panajachel preschool students. Teachers explained the meaning of the national anthem and the significance of indigenous traje before seeing everyone off on their way to San Jorge. On site, the team installed fuel-efficient Onil stoves, reconnected with their sponsored students, and provided water filters to families in need. Afterwards, GSP served lunch to 65 elderly men and women in the San Jorge Elderly Care Center. A quick student visit with Leidy rounded out the day’s work.
On Thursday, the group returned to San Jorge to set up more stoves and water filters. They also found time to stop by the Mayan Families preschool and spend time with the students there. Some colored with the younger kids, while others came up with a game using beanbags for the older students. Many volunteers have visited our preschool, but this was the most creative activity we have ever seen! The kids loved it, and the group was kind enough to leave the beanbags there for future games. Mayan Families was also able to arrange a home visit that afternoon for a group member who met a girl she wanted to sponsor at the preschool.
To let them know how much we appreciated all their hard work, we welcomed Guatemala Service Projects to a farewell dinner at Sharon and Dwight’s house. Giving one’s time, resources, and effort so freely requires a deep humanity, and we saw that all week from each member of Guatemala Service Projects. They have made multiple trips in the last 18 months, and we are always looking forward to the next one!