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Guatemala has a long history of political turmoil and ethnic tensions. The country is beginning to move in the direction of acceptance, but its history of political instability has caused economic issues and a lack of jobs. Changing Lives in Guatemala works in conjunction with the nonprofit organization From Houses to Homes to break the cycle of poverty by providing a home, medical care, and education for indigenous people in Guatemala.
Changing Lives in Guatemala started with 12 students in 2009 as a global education program to connect students with international communities through service. The program teaches students to collaborate with community partners, fundraise, explore global culture and economics, and lead intentional, philanthropic lives. This summer, for 10 days in July, our organization will send 22 students to Santa Maria de Jesus to promote global learning and sustainable communities.
For the sixth straight year, students will work directly with local families and contractors to build four homes. Using the From Houses to Homes model, we purchase cinder blocks, concrete, metal doors and windows, corrugated metal sheets for roofing, and stucco from local Guatemalan distributors. Each 13x19 home costs $1750. Additionally, we partner with the Kemnna’oj School and the La Excelencia School to tutor children, support the reading program with books, and fund a much-needed breakfast program that provides a solid meal for students and their families. The cost of educating one child is $720 per year and food to feed an entire family for one year totals just $360. To provide basic medicine for 10 people, the cost is $100/year or $10 per person. Reaching our goal directly supports housing, education, and healthcare for one Guatemalan family. With your help, lives touched by our program will grow even greater. Help Change Lives in Guatemala.