Waiting for us was a class of six students, the talented high school students who receive scholarships from the Godchild Project. On Saturdays, this class gets together to work and study. They, like you, have been following our progress via the internet (after their teachers translate it into Spanish) and were excited to meet us. The day was well planned...a tour of the Godchild project, a trip to a coffee finca, and a drive through a village hit by hurricane Mitch.
The Godchild Project began in Minnesota in 1986 with the goal of helping the poor of Guatemala lift themselves out of poverty, while remaining independent. Many of these students had been "affiliated" with the Godchild project for many years, receiving help with school, housing, and health care. They took us to see the library and meet the administrators of the education program, some Americans, some Guatemalans. Next, we visited a newly built clinic, with about a dozen construction workers waiting for us. It turns out that the construction workers are the fathers and brothers of the children affiliated with the Godchild Project. By working on this and other projects, they earn "sweat equity" hours towards earning a home, a floor, or a latrine.
Next, we saw the adult learning center, where adults go to learn new skills, like building simple, sturdy houses, raising chickens (and constructing chicken coops), growing and maintaining vegetable gardens. Although Americans currently teach most of these classes, the plan is to replace the American teachers with locals, so that eventually this will be a truly independent community center.
From there, we loaded onto the back of a pickup truck, and bumped down the dusty road to the coffee finca where Luis Felipe lives and works with his mother and father. I was amazed at how beautiful the finca was. The bustling harvest was underway, and people from all over Guatemala had come down to work. The learn more about it, see Kavitha's article this week!
To learn more about these students or the Godchild project, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The class hopes to make contact with Spanish classes in other countries through the Internet. There are also ways to help the Godchild Project in the "Making a Difference" section of this web page, including fund raising at home, or coming down here as a "work group!"
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