After a 3-hour drive north from Antigua through lush mountains with beautiful valley views, we were greeted by firecrackers upon arrival at Compassion project GU-479.
Compassion International has been partnered with Metodista Paxot II, a church in the community of Cantón Paxot II, Guatemala, since 2012. The area is home to about 1,500 residents, and the most commonly spoken language is the Mayan language Kiche.
Children lined up outside of our buses to shake hands and greet us before leading us down a rural road to their project, where they performed many traditional dances for us, including a dance to honor St. Thomas, the dance of the monkeys, the stealing of the bride dance, and the dance of the bull. It was an honor to be among the first group of sponsors to visit this project.
The staff and parents were warm and welcoming in this remote community, where we learned the most common health issues are intestinal diseases and respiratory illness. The community has water and telephone service, but needs employment opportunities, public transportation and vocational training. Most adults are unemployed, but some work as day laborers, earning the equivalent of $75/month.
Please consider sponsoring one of these beautiful children from this project:
Jaymerson, 8, lives with his parents and six siblings. He is responsible for gathering firewood and running errands, and his father works as a farmer.
He enjoys soccer, basketball and playing with cars, and he attends church activities and Bible class regularly.
Jennifer, 10, lives with her parents and one sibling. She helps care for animals and makes beds at home, and her father works as a farmer.
She enjoys playing house and playing with dolls, and her performance is average in school. She attends church activities and Vacation Bible School.
Fernando, 7, lives with his parents and two siblings. His duties at home are carrying water, gathering firewood and making beds, and his father is a farmer.
He enjoys playing soccer, swimming and playing with cars, and he attends Bible class regularly.
William, 11, lives with his parents. His father works sometimes as a farmer, and there are two children in the family.
He enjoys playing soccer, ball games and bicycling, and his school performance is average. William also attends Bible class regularly.
If you are interested in sponsoring one of these children, please contact me.
Sponsorship costs $38/month, and the benefits to both the child and the sponsor are priceless.
Compassion has worked in Guatemala since 1976, and there are more than 130 child development centers in the country, serving more than 32,400 children.
Compassion works in 27 countries world wide. If you would like to sponsor a child in another country, please click here to see children available for sponsorship.