We’re pleased to welcome new Board member John Hansen. John is a professional photographer currently specializing in capturing images by drone but has done action work, portraiture, and scenery. His stunning photos of Nimasac reflect not only our most recent visit but life in rural Guatemala in all its beauty and depth.
What a trip! We just returned from Guatemala Tuesday, October 23. It was a very successful visit. We made two visits to the primary school in Nimasac. During the first visit, we requested lists of suggested supplies from the two principals (there is one in the morning, and one in the afternoon) that would help the teachers in classrooms. The second trip came after a lengthy shopping expedition in Quetzaltenango to purchase supplies that fulfilled much of the list. We made the presentation to a large group of teachers (there are a total of 17) and explained who we were and our desire to be of assistance to the community and the school. Our Guatemalan partners spoke of the successful scholarship program and its impact in only its first year. Possible skepticism about following through with our offer was eliminated, and they were appreciative of the gifts and interested in our proposal to work with a group based in Guatemala that could offer more coaching and textbooks.
The supplies that we purchased included: a large whiteboard designated for a specific classroom. Copy paper, silicone glue, colored bulletin board paper, erasers, pens, pencils, permanent and washable markers, crayons, and more. School supplies are expensive in Guatemala, likely because many items are imported, but it is best to buy them there and support the local economy. Here’s a photo of the store:
The scholarship program is being administered in Nimasac by a very dedicated group of seven young adults. All the scholarship students and parents were present at the meeting on Wednesday, October 17, and were deeply grateful for being able to participate in the program this first year, and for the gifts that sponsors sent down. We met with each of them in small groups and discussed their experience, and offered them motivation to keep up the good work.