Guatemalan cousins Sebastian and Pedro lost the chance at a normal childhood when their respective mothers died. Soon after, the boys and their sisters were abandoned by their fathers and were left for their mutual grandmother to raise. Their grandmother is dependent on them to chop and carry firewood. Their ten year old sister does the family laundry on a washboard with water hauled from a local source. What American mother doesn't cringe when noting the machete both boys are carrying? The clothing the boys are wearing stays the same from the waist down. One of our board members just raised money for the family to have a new bed, blankets and a mattress, and we sent money for shoes.
|Estela, at home|
We expect a bright future for our sponsored students like Estela, who is thriving in her new boarding school.
|Playing soccer at boarding school|
Frances Dixon, Mayan School President
Our hope for our Guatemalan students is that they have the ability to enjoy their childhood, school and relax in the security of a home where basic needs are met.