Posts Tagged ‘tz’utujil’

Let the little children come!

February 2, 2015

We love it when we have lots of little ones for Vacation Bible School!  The little children are so precious and we have so much fun with them in VBS!

You really should go on one of our Mission Trips to Guatemala as we show God’s love and teach them about His son, Jesus Christ.  The little children love it when we come to their village for VBS and are always so excited and eager to learn. Of course the love the games, the snacks and craft time too!!

VBS Guatemala mission trip

Vacation Bible School Mission Trip to Guatemala

Our next mission trip is coming up fast!  Grab a friend and join us before the team fills up!

So what are you going to do in Guatemala on the trip?

  • Present VBS for 4 afternoons  to the children of one of our artisan groups and their friends in the community.
  • Visit our other artisan groups and see how they earn a fair trade wage from Education And More
  • Sightseeing time — in Antigua and in the villages in the Lake Atitlan area
  • Learn how to make tortillas by hand
  • Shopping time in local Mayan markets
  • Hear the Mayan languages of T’zutujil, K’iche’ and Kakchiquel and maybe learn a little

Education And More 2015 Mission Trip Guatemala

Sharing God's Love in Guatemala

This year’s mission trip for VBS is June 6-14, 2015.  Don’t wait until it too late and the team is filled — sign up today and  help us share God’s love to His precious little children in Guatemala.  More information on our website. 

VBS Games with the children in Guatemala, Education And More


Vacation Bible School mission team

Mission Trip to Guatemala in October!

May 17, 2013

We are really excited to tell you about our October trip — a trip to really make a difference in the lives of school children and teachers!  Take your choice of what you would like to do while on this trip– help with repairs and building or teach Vacation Bible School.


We will be working at a small school in the western highlands of Guatemala.  This remote little school is situated high on a volcanic mountain and contains only 3 classrooms and 3 teachers. Because of limited resources they need our help with repairs and with a building project at the school and have also invited us to present VBS to the children at the school.


You will have time to:

  • your choice of work projects — building/repairs or teaching Vacation Bible School
  • meet the artisans we work with and visit their communities and homes
  • maybe see how they make those delicious tortillas by hand
  • learn a little of a Mayan language – T”zutujil, Kakchiquel or K’iche
  • visit other villages in the rural highlands  and see beautiful Lake Atitlan
  • see the colonial city of Antigua
  • share God’s love while helping our neighbors in Guatemala
  • maybe teach a little English in our spare time at the school
  • view weaving demonstrations on a backstrap loom and foot pedal loom
We will be building a new kitchen stove for the school!

We will be building a new kitchen stove for the school!

Learn more about this trip of a lifetime at our website and then email us for more information!

Trip dates — September 28 thru October 7th

Hurry before the trip fills up!

Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

Visit beautiful Lake Atitlan

Help us present Vacation Bible School to the little children!

Help us present Vacation Bible School to the little children!

Meet the artisans and see their villages.

Meet the artisans and see their villages.


Beautiful cathedral – La Merced – in Antigua.

Helping Those Less Fortunate

May 10, 2012

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.

Student needing help with school expenses.

Mujeres Juaneras Delighted With New Sewing Center

August 8, 2011

Education And More presented another group, Mujeres Juaneras, with a sewing center this past week. They were so delighted to receive new machines and sat down to look over the machines almost immediately.

Mujeres Juaneras Receiving Sewing Machines and Equipment

Mujeres Juaneras Receiving Sewing Machines and Equipment

This artisan group received two sewing machines about 4 years ago and now were wanting treadle machines and an industrial machine which Education And More provided.

Artesanas Mujeres Juaneras wanted treadle sewing machines since many of the group feels more comfortable with them than an electric although this treadle is convertible to both foot power or electric power.  Treadle machines are very common in Guatemala mostly because of  constant power outages and also because not all homes have electricity.

Sewing machines, sewing lessons, sewing supplies, Spanish language sewing books library, tables, chairs, storage shelving comprise the initial set up of the sewing center.  Our sewing center project is an ongoing project which will last approximately 2-4 years so that we can continue to fund more equipment and ongoing, more advanced sewing lessons for each group. There are 10 women that will be taking lessons for 6 hours each week.

Juki Industrial Sewing Machine

Sewing Teacher with one of the Directors of Education And More

The sewing teacher we hired to teach the women how to use the industrial machine and also how to sew more difficult products is a T’zutujil woman and speaks both T’zutujil and Spanish.  This is very important because many of this group only speaks T’zutujil.

Videos From Guatemala

March 13, 2009

We have 7 videos online about the work of Education And More and urge you to check them out for a glimpse into our work and the daily life of our friends in Guatemala. Two of our new videos are shown in these links.

If you click on the You Tube logo in the video screens  it will take you to our video channel on You Tube and there you can choose from any of our 7 videos.  The videos include tortilla making, cooking up a fiesta, backstrap weaving, weaving on a foot pedal or floor loom, backstrap weaving lesson, language of Kakchiquel being spoken,  and the people we help in Guatemala.

We hope to have more online soon.  Enjoy!

San Juan La Laguna– Best village!

February 11, 2009

Mural in San Juan La LagunaSan Juan La Laguna is my favorite village on Lake Atitlan!  The townspeople have been working hard to make it one of the prettiest and cleanest villages on the lake.  Many of the businesses and homes have a fresh coat of paint; there are several newly paved streets, new restaurants and a coffee/juice bar, new hotel, and the new market building-all in the last year. new park in San Juan La Laguna

San Juan La Laguna also tries to lure tourists with a variety of quaint artisan shops but if you really want to learn more about the village and the culture of the T’zutujil of this area check out the cultural tours offered.  Rupalaj K’istalin is a community association of eco-tourism guides that has a variety of eco tours in San Juan La Laguna and the surrounding area.tour guides

The Mayan women of the area are noted for their beautiful backstrap weaving and the textile eco-tour takes you to groups to see not only backstrap weaving but also the process of tinting the cotton yarn with natural plant dyes.

Painter's artisan shop

new market buildingIf you are a little more adventuresome they have tours for bird watching of the 150 species of the area, a hike to see Rostro May (Face of the Maya) or to see traditional fishing by the men on Lake Atitlan.  The artists of San Juan La Laguna have created an

open air museum of murals depicting the history of San Juan La Laguna.  You can take a tour to see all the murals or just enjoy them as you walk around the town.

MuralTo get to the tour office of Rupalaj K’istalin —-from the dock follow the street to the top of the hill where the new market building sits then turn right and follow the street one block.  The street curves to the left and keep following it for about 1 block.  The office sits on the left side of the street and is open 7 days a week for tours.  It is best to book ahead and you can request an English speaking guide.  They are closed during the long lunch break each day.Coffee Cooperative

Have fun exploring this wonderful Mayan village!