Impact Guatemala supports the people of La Pinada and surrounding communities through a partnership with the Senderos de Luz (Path of Light) ministry.
Much of the activity of Impact Guatemala centres around the newly-built community centre in La Pinada, which is used for church services, Bible and English language classes, social programs, and a twice-weekly feeding program for local children living in poverty. Their ministry also includes minor home repairs to improve the living conditions for families in need.
Impact Guatemala offers a variety of social programs to members of the La Pinada community, including family planning, hygiene, life skills, career development, cooking, sewing, and others. These self-sustainable, year-round activities are based at the Vocational Training & Community Centre and are facilitated by Guatemalans.
Half of all Guatemalan children are malnourished. The Impact Guatemala nutrition program, which provides healthy food to 50-70 kids two days a week, also features regular activities, such as singing, practicing English, Bible stories, and sports. Program leaders hope to have a nutritionist evaluate the program soon, to measure current levels of nutrition in the community and develop an affordable food program using items that are readily available in the community.
To meet one of the most pressing needs in the community, program leader Hilmar has started a food hamper program for widows in financial trouble. As funds allow, two food hampers will be given out each month to widows Hilmar has identified during his weekly home visits in the community. Hilmar plans to evaluate the needs each month and disperse the hampers to those with the greatest needs.
Education in Guatemala is only subsidized by the government up to grade six. Impact Guatemala has created a tuition scholarship program in order to give local children access to a quality education beyond grade six. ESL classes are also offered to a kindergarten class at a public school near La Pinada. Visiting Impact Teams will also help with English lessons.
God is at work in Guatemala, changing lives and communities. By investing in Impact Guatemala, in programs focused on loving and feeding children and in education for children and adults, you can play an important role in this transformation.