The coffee harvest has begun here in the highlands of Guatemala and that also signifies the start of a new school year. Nuevo Amanecer is a Christian school in San Juan La Laguna and through the help of nonprofit Christian organizations like Children of Lake Atitlan and Education And More have grown and expanded to include junior high classes. They provide a high quality education along with a Christian education teaching the children of Jesus Christ. Francisco, the director, and all the teachers and staff are very dedicated. The children are truly blessed to attend a school such as this! One way Education And More helps the school is with donations of special teacher resources so the teachers have adequate supplies and resources to give a quality education. Our monetary donations help with the purchase of classroom furniture and maintenance of the school.
Nuevo Amanecer is very important here in San Juan La Laguna and the parents are glad to have a Christian education for their children.
Many children are kept out of school or work after school picking coffee because their family needs the money. It is hot, exhausting and extremely heavy work. With a basket strapped around your waist or a bag over your shoulder, you pick the red cherries only. When your container is full you empty it and start over. We see many men that are walking to the cooperative with a huge bag of coffee strapped on their back and forehead and I have even seen women carrying these huge bags that way!
So coffee harvest and a new school year with all the work and excitement that it entails has arrived. We pray the children grow and learn daily in the Word of God and obtain an education to benefit them for the rest of their lives.