How can you play a MAJOR ROLE in helping people in Guatemala?
Guatemala Service Projects, Inc. provides resources to improve health, nutrition and education outcomes to impoverished people in Guatemala. There are a wide range of chronic challenges for Guatemalan families.
- Parents are forced to choose between spending their small earnings on food or education.
- Children stop attending school, sometimes by the 3rd grade, to work to support their families.
- Schools frequently lack educational materials and instructors trained to help desperate students.
- Families often can’t afford to buy or grow food with high nutritional value, resulting in poor physical development, chronic ailments and lowered educational performance.
- Limited access to transportation and jobs means an inability to escape these conditions.
The cycle continues. But that cycle can be broken.
We work directly with community leaders who tell us about their most pressing needs. We then collaborate with them to plan, fund and deliver projects to meet those needs. Each project jumpstarts improvements and benefits that these communities find difficult to achieve on their own.
- We build community libraries to provide much-needed educational materials to schools.
- We create community gardens and deliver livestock to create sustainable sources of nutritional foods.
- We fund water projects to bring clean water to communities lacking in water resources.
- We provide educational sponsorships to keep kids in school and relieve families financial burdens.
Do you, personally, or as part of a group or team want to OWN a project?
Our nonprofit is looking for individuals, churches, scout troops, high schools or universities, rotary clubs, companies — any person or group that wants to claim one of our current projects! Once a project is claimed, you get to raise funds and awareness until the goal is achieved. How you raise the funds is up to you, but we can give you tips based on what we know has worked in the past.
Once the project is funded, it will be implemented and photos/videos shared with you. Or, if there is interest, you can travel on one of our teams and you can see firsthand the results of your hard work, kindness and generosity! One nice thing about “claiming” a project is that you (or your group) is solely responsible for funding it. Sometimes a donor is happy to make a contribution toward something big even if the contribution is small. Feeling like you played a part is rewarding. But, it is even more rewarding if you know that you, alone, were responsible for something that makes a huge impact! (Contact Jennifer Demar to stake your claim or ask any questions!)
Here are some current projects available:
- Repainting a K-6 school in Xabillagauch, Chichicastenango ($950)
- Laptop and printer for administration (shared use) for K-6 school in Xabillagauch, Chichicastenango ($1075)
- Cabinet to store plates and pots and pans in a clean/dry area for K-6 school “kitchen” in Xabillagauch, Chichicastenango ($225)
- Computer lab for K-6 school in Xabillagaugh, Chichicastenango ($8075)
- RACHEL Server plus teacher training for K-6 school in Xabillagauch, Chichicastenango ($565)
- Replace the roof on K-6 school in Xabillagauch, Chichicastenango ($3900)
- Provide trash cans for K-6 school in Xabillagauch, Chichicastenango ($100)
- Bookshelves for elementary school library in Panimache Quinto Alto, Chichicastenango ($1400)
- Bookshelves for elementary school library in Panimache Quinto Bajo, Chichicastenango ($900)
- Purchase of Paint for murals at both elementary school libraries in the Panimaches ($500)
- Purchase of children’s books written in the native K’iche’ language for both elementary school libraries in the Panimaches ($675)
- 500 Spanish-language children’s books for Panimache Quinto Alto elementary school library (varies from FREE to ~$3000)
- 500 Spanish-language children’s books for Panimache Quinto Bajo elementary school library (varies from FREE to ~$3000)
- Annual Student sponsorship for Karla Magdalena Tomasa Macario Mejia, age 9 ($300)
- Annual Student sponsorship for Tansy Elizabeth Josefa Peliz Equila, age 10 ($300)
- Annual Student sponsorship for Helen Gabriela Marisol Sut Marroquin, age 10 ($300)
- Annual Student sponsorship for Glenda Manuela Leon Morales, age 12 ($300)
- Metal Comal with Propane Burner, accessories and training for Tortilla Business startup ($500)
- Sponsor 2021 vitamins program for 1st graders in the Panimaches, Chichicastenango ($4000)
- Sponsor 2021 vitamins program for 2nd graders in the Panimaches, Chichicastenango ($3200)
- Sponsor 2021 vitamins program for 3rd graders in the Panimaches, Chichicastenango ($4200)
- Chujupen Community Potable Water Project, Chujupen Chichicastenango ($90,000)
- Construction of Emergency Room, Waiting Room and Supplies/Pharmacy Pantry for Chupol Chichicastenango Health Department ($12,700)
- Provide 5 families with water filters ($500)
- Provide 5 families with high-efficiency vented cook stoves ($775) — we actually have 60 stoves to fund
- Well-child clinic, including laboratory testing, doctor visits and any medications needed for all preschool children in the Panimaches, Alto & Bajo ($5000)
- Provide seed packets for 20 families to start their own vegetable garden ($200)
Claimed Projects in Process:
- Provide 8 whiteboards and a central filing cabinet for K-6 school in Xabillagaugh, Chichicastenango (Tammi Krueger Poe Teaching Career Retirement Fundraiser)
- Provide reusable menstrual hygiene for women and girls in three communities (St. Jerome’s Sewing Ministry, Oconomowoc, WI)
- 2020 Children’s multivitamins and Prenatal Vitamins collection drive (Blessed Hope United Methodist Church, West Allis, WI)
Claimed Projects Completed:
- Provide 35 families with chickens and feed for food, income and sustenance through “10 Bucks a Cluck” project (7th grader Maya Lavey, National Junior Honor Society project)
- Fund a K-8 school library in Santiago Atitlan, including bookshelves, carpet, shoe cubbies, and books (Peter Kaes family)
- Purchase of an ultrasound machine for a medical clinic in Panajachel (Girl Scout troop, Stone Bank, WI)
- Funding the Publishing and Printing of two Quadri-lingual books about Guatemala (Dan Miller, Proactive Paint LLC)
- Provide water filters for five families (Oconomowoc Rotary Foundation, Oconomowoc, WI)
- Raise $500 for food relief via painting donations to charity art auction (Beth Ann Tobin)