Are you curious about our projects in Guatemala? We have several projects and many ways in which you can help those that are less fortunate than you.
Our new projects are:
Sweaters, Socks and Bibles project – We are raising funds to purchase new sweaters, socks and Bibles for each of our artisan groups. Many of the women have only one sweater to wear when it is cold and that sweater is usually very ragged. We want to purchase new sweaters for all 90 women artisans that are in our groups. The children wear socks if they have any but usually they do not own any or maybe have one pair, so we want to provide the children of our artisans with new socks — that is 129 children! Our artisans speak 3 different Mayan languages – 1 group speaks Queche, 3 groups speak Kakchiquel and 2 groups speak T’zutujil – with very few of the artisans speaking Spanish and on top of these language barriers most of the women are illiterate. We want to provide the Bible in audio format in their own language and in Spanish so they will have it to listen to in their homes. We need funds to help with this — won’t you help?
Vacation Bible School project – We are raising funds to have VBS programs for the children at each of our groups. We will need VBS materials, craft projects materials, Bibles, translators, mission teams plus much more to make this a continuing effort in the coming years. We would love to have two programs each year with each artisan group. These VBS programs will help the children learn about Jesus and His love for them and will also provide materials for them to practice their reading and writing. Most children do not have books to read or other materials to learn skills necessary to improve their education and we hope to be able to provide some help through VBS classes. We need funds to help with this — won’t you help?
Sewing Centers – We have identified another of our artisan groups that need our help with a sewing center. We hope to provide a new building for a sewing center along with sewing classes for this group in the coming year. This group was devastated with a tropical storm a couple of years ago and lost nearly all of their homes, their workshop, their looms — nearly everything. We need funds to help with this — won’t you help?
Our ongoing projects in which we need help —
Fair Trade Handcraft Sales / Bazaars – Now you can help the artisans in our Fair Trade women’s groups by volunteering to sell their Fair Trade handcrafts. Hosting a Fair Trade sale/ bazaar at your church, office, community center or in your home can benefit the women because every sale improves their lives by giving them more income to help support their families. Email us for more information through our website contact page.
School Supplies project – If your group would like to collect basic school supplies for the students,we will distribute them to the children of our artisan groups. It costs several thousand dollars to purchase needed school supplies for all the children. Many of these children cannot go to school because of a lack of school supplies. Also please consider donating used or new laptop computers to Education And More. We want to supply the older students in our Sponsorship program with a computer so they can benefit from technology as they continue their education.
Fundraising Project – Looking for ways to raise money for a youth trip or for your women’s programs? We have several different fundraisers available to help you raise money and at the same time help artisans in Guatemala support their families. Hacky sack balls, ID Badgeholders, Friendship bracelets, Beaded bracelets and Neck Scarves — are a few of the fundraisers available for you to help your group and help families in Guatemala. Email us for more information.
Educational Support project – In addition to our Sponsorship Program, Education And More helps many students attend school by providing their school supplies, backpacks and often by giving new school shoes and clothing and school fees. Many of the children in Guatemala need this help or they are unable to attend school. Please consider donating to our Educational Support project so that we can help even more children or get your Sunday School group or your women’s group involved in raising funds for the students.
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