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Awesome Trip to Guatemala + Learn Backstrap Weaving

January 11, 2015

Want to learn how to weave on a backstrap loom?  Then it’s time for you to join one of our tours to Guatemala!  Our next tour will be in July and it is filling fast so visit our website to get an application soon.

Education and More is now accepting requests for dedicated tours for your group to go to Guatemala to learn backstrap weaving with our expert Mayan artisan weavers.  We have a limited number of dates available, so if your guild is interested please contact us.  These weaving tours are for 6-8 participants and you will learn all aspects of backstrap weaving the Guatemalan Mayan way.

Visit us at our website and learn more, then contact us for more information.

 

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The warp threads are next put on the backstrap loom while still wet

The warp threads are  put on the backstrap loom while still wet

Dynamic Little Lady!

June 27, 2014

I would like to introduce you to one of our artisans who is really a little dynamo!  She is a very tiny little lady but is filled with energy and determination.  Vicenta and her husband live in the rural highlands with their 7 children and nearby are many extended family members.

She is a master weaver on the backstrap loom and floor looms — called a foot pedal loom by the artisans — and she has taught her daughters to weave on both looms too.

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Vicenta’s family and her whole community are Kakchiquel Mayans and very typical of the wonderfully warm and friendly people we meet in the western highlands of Guatemala.  Many of these rural families don’t understand the importance of education, however, Vicenta and her husband are different in that they are adamant about their children attending school. Thanks to a sponsor in our Education Program their oldest daughter, Laura,  is able to go on to career school to become a bilingual secretary.  It is very difficult for families to afford schooling after grade school and junior high school so we are very appreciative of all our sponsors and the help it brings to the families!

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On our recent trip to Guatemala Victor and Vicenta’s home was one of the homes that our mission team repaired with the help of our local friends, Joe and Carlos.  Her kitchen was an adobe structure with a low ceiling, earthquake damage and a stove that did not vent so all the smoke stayed in the kitchen.  Victor and Vicenta decided to remove the old structure and had sufficient money to build new walls and the mission team did the floor, roof, new stove and new electrical wiring.

 

 

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The family is so happy with their new kitchen. We are really happy to see the progress this family has made through the years because of their hard work and  determination along with the Fair Trade wages they receive from Education And More  for all the products they make.

Vicenta cooking in her new kitchen!

Vicenta cooking in her new kitchen!

If you are interested in traveling to Guatemala on a mission trip to help repair homes or teach VBS be sure to check our website for new 2015 tours that will be listed soon.  We will be working in this village next year and helping several more of the artisan families by repairing their homes.

Some of the handcrafts that Vicenta and her group have made are shown here. See all of our Fair Trade handcrafts in our webstore and in our Etsy store. 

Kitchen Towels

Kitchen Towels

 

Scarf / Shoulder Wrap

Scarf / Shoulder Wrap

 

Tablecloth and napkins

Tablecloth and napkins

 

Beautiful scarves and shawls

Beautiful scarves and shawls

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Healthy Families and Healthy Homes

February 11, 2014

Education And More has initiated a program to help our artisan families improve their homes and thereby improve the health of their families.  We have helped and worked with our artisan partners for many years and even with the earnings from their handcraft businesses it is still not sufficient to fulfill the needs of the families. The needs are great and they daily confront: insufficient food, unhealthy and unsafe cooking stoves, homes needing repair, insufficient income.

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We have identified many homes that need help to repair or replace the corrugated tin roofs. The roofs are rusted and have holes in them which lets the rain in during the rainy season and since many of these homes have dirt floors the family then lives in a cold, wet, muddy home. These conditions are extremely unhealthy for the children and adults alike. It is very cool at night because the people we serve live in the highlands at an altitude of 4000 feet and more.

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The typical kitchen stove of our artisan groups is a concrete block stove similar to a barbecue grill which uses a tremendous amount of wood. Many of the stovepipes are blocked with creosote or simply not working and the smoke then fills the kitchen area which is extremely hazardous for the women who are in the kitchens cooking. Some of the women have nothing but a campfire pit in the middle of their one room home and it is a hazard for the young children as they play in the house and the little ones learning to walk. Replacing or repairing the stoves improves the respiratory health of all the family and the risk of the little children falling into the fires are eliminated. We will replace the stoves with an energy efficient stove that uses 60% or more less wood resulting in less deforestation which is prevalent in Guatemala.

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Read how you can help us in our work to help the families at our website or join us on a mission trip and help repair the homes.

Our next mission service trip to help the families

will be June 14 – 22, 2014.

Join us on this trip to help the families in Guatemala.

For more information about our Healthy Families / Healthy Homes program click here.

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Team is ready to work!

Team is ready to work!

Step out of your daily life with a Mission Trip to Guatemala!

October 19, 2013

Are you ready to step out of your everyday routine and share God’s love in another culture?

Join Education And More on a trip to share the Gospel during Vacation Bible School with Mayan children in the western highlands of Guatemala.

  • share God’s love with the children and women that Education And More serve
  • learn about the daily life and culture of the Maya
  • visit the artisan groups that E&M partners with
  • enjoy the beauty of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding villages in the western highlands
  • visit colonial Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with time for sightseeing and shopping
  • experience a trip of a lifetime while sharing the Gospel with these warm and hospitable people
  • learn more about the work of Education And More
  • learn about Fair Trade and how it benefits our friends and partners in Guatemala

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Visit Our Website for More Information

June 7 – 16, 2014
Vacation Bible School Mission Trip

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Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

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Sharing God’s Love in the Clouds

October 12, 2013

I recently led a mission team to Guatemala where they had the unusual experience of seeing the clouds envelope us each afternoon.  High in the volcanic mountains of western Guatemala, part of the team presented Vacation Bible School to schoolchildren at a small remote primary school and others of the team helped our local friends pour a concrete playground / school assembly area / soccer field and build a new kitchen stove.

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Each afternoon we could see the clouds start to roll in and actually come from lower areas that where we were working.  Often we would have some rain although we were fortunate to have no downpours while we were there.  Our team nicknamed the school “School Above the Clouds”

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This small school has 3 classrooms and 2 teachers and also the director who teaches the kindergarteners and preschool.  This year there are approximately 55 children total in the school.  Because the school is so remote it receives very little help from the local or national government.

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Be sure to stop by our website and see our dates for mission trips next year.  Although we won’t be working at the ‘School Above the Clouds’  we will have equally exciting and interesting experiences in store for the team that will be working at one of the villages of our artisan groups.

www.educationandmore.org

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Sharing God’s Love Through VBS

July 17, 2013

We are back in Guatemala for another session of Vacation Bible School with a group of children in a village near Solola, Guatemala.

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The children in this group range in age from about 2 years to 14 years and because of space restraints we are unable to separate the group into age categories.  We haven’t had a problem because the older siblings help out their tiny brothers and sisters in the crafts, refreshments and also in coloring the Bible story pages.

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We are serving more than just a snack to this group because so many of the children don’t have sufficient food at home.  Today we served ham on a French roll, fresh from the bakery.  This made a nutritious meal for them along with a glass of orange juice.

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The directors of E&M feel really blessed to have had the opportunity to share God’s love with so many little ones and their mothers.  This is the 5th time we have presented VBS this year.  We are looking forward to one more trip this year –  the end of September-  to present Vacation Bible School to a small remote school which has about 60 children.

To learn more about our VBS programs and how you can help or perhaps join us on a Mission trip check our our website.

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