Guatemala-Peten Partnership

The Guatemala-Peten task force meets at the Presbytery Office on the fourth Monday each month at 6:30 p.m.  Contact Barb Hall to become involved in this ministry.

 

GUATEMALAN TASK FORCE BEGINS BASICO EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Guatemalan Task Force is seeking individuals and churches interested in sponsoring a child in the Peten Q’eqchi Presbytery of Guatemala for his/her middle school education, known there as “Basico.

Our PQP partners have told us that education is free at the grade school level, but at middle school and high school levels, fees for books, uniforms, and transportation begin to become probhibitive, causing children to drop out and join their parents in working the fields.  The average education level among the adults in the PQP is 3rd grade.  Of course our partners are like parents here at home – they want better for their children.

Sponsorship of a Guatemalan student costs $365 per year, and the commitment is for 3 years.  There are eight villages in the PQP, and we hope to grow this program to allow for 5 scholarships in each village.  Money for a sponsorship can be sent to the Presbytery office with Guatemalan Basico education project written in the memo line.  All sponsors will receive information and communication from their student in the Peten.

 

pigsThe Presbytery of Middle Tennessee and the Presbytery of the Q’quechi Peten (Guatemala) Presbyterian Women and Presbyterial Women Pig Project
 The 11 year covenant partnership between the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee (PMT) and the Presbytery of Q’quechi Peten (PQP) took an important step in 2014 with the inclusion of the Guatemalan women in active planning for their churches.  The women of PQP have crafted a Pig Project to support their churches and presbytery.  the women are in need of “seed money” to get this project off the ground.

Click here to read more and to learn how you can be involved in this project.
 To read more about the story of the pigs, click here.

 For more information about our Guatemala partnership , see links below:

Philip Beisswenger’s Blog
PC(USA) Mission Co-Workers, Richard and Debbie Welch’s Blog
Guatemala in Context
by Dennis Smith
Living Waters for the World in the Retalteco, Peten
Maps of Guatemala and the Peten

Mission co-workers in Guatemala
Mission trips to the Peten
Pictures from trips and general information on the Peten

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