Mosaic Global Missions: IMA Guatemala!
Organized by: Lara Arije
A brief summary of their history: "With roots in establishing medical clinics to help the women of third world countries, beginning in Africa in 1983, IMA’s founders were drawn to Guatemala and began the IMA Guatemala School for Girls in 1992 to provide education to girls and women in Guatemala City, Guatemala. While over the years our methods have changed to meet the needs of the communities we serve, what has remained is our passion for serving underprivileged women and children of the world. IMA School for Girls in Guatemala owes its success to four influential and passionate women, but one of those woman’s story stands as a triumph in a world that was hostile to her want of a future… Born into the poverty many Guatemalan girls face, Haydee Abel did not have the advantage of going to a school like IMA; no such place existed. Her home situation was much like those of current IMA girls, living with too many in too little a space, on dirt floors with no running water. But she was able to use energy, creativity and hard work to educate herself well beyond what the average girl born to such a life statistically achieves. She had something that most girls in Guatemala don’t: parents who encouraged her to learn. This support along with her life-long drive allowed her to rise out of poverty and eventually receive a chemical engineering degree and later an equivalent PhD. Haydee began a career in the formal economy of Guatemala. She worked for a commercial real estate broker and later owned and operated a construction company designing and building high-rises, and commercial and residential properties. As her success and will to prevail grew, she became a real estate broker herself. Eventually marrying and raising a family in California, Haydee’s heart and thoughts were never far from the streets of Guatemala where she knew firsthand the struggle with poverty, exploitation, and illiteracy little girls face. Wanting to provide girls in her native home a chance at the success she attained, she partnered with the established non-profit IMA, initially offering her childhood home as a schoolhouse and later building a new school for IMA’s girls. The funding and construction of IMA’s new school in 2005, was made possible by Haydee and Bill Abel and Procris." IMA Website http://www.imausa.org/home/default.aspx Twitter: https://twitter.com/imaguatemala