Guatemala Mission Project accepting applications

  • Xenacoj: Home donated by Captain Cook Lions 49A
  • Market in Chichicastenango
  • 15 ft. by 18 ft. Relief Home
  • Kodiak Lions provided solar lamps
  • Fuel Efficient stove provided by Kenai Lions

Proposed Mission/Humanitarian Service Team –Guatemala

July 25 – August 3, 2015

The Guatemala Mission Team – 2013 has received an invitation to return to Guatemala in late July and early August of 2015 to work in two settings.

Camanchaj. Health Professionals (Dentists, hygienists, and school/pediatric nurses) would work at the central clinic and outposts of this United Methodist-related project that provides medical, dental and health education services to over 6,000 Mayan clients per year. (See the Salud y Paz website.) (4 team members)

The Susannah Wesley School is also at this site serving 45 children (ages 4-8).

Santo Domingo Xenacoj. Team members would return to this community of 14,000 to work with Mayan women of the Guatemaltecas de Corazon Co-op to help them improve sewing skills to produce income for their families. Cooking/ nutrition/and short life-skills workshops may also be a part of this work. (7 team members) Five additional team members would also construct at least one relief home with bunk beds for a Mayan family. Other repairs to homes in the community may also be included.

Hosts for the team would be Hope Haven International Ministries and Salud y Paz. Housing would be in hotels and the Hope Haven Compound.

Draft Calendar and Projects:

  • Saturday, July 25        Arrive Guatemala City, transfer to Hope Haven Compound, orientation.
  • Sunday, July 26          Travel by van to Chichicastenango to visit the largest open-air market in Central America. Possible worship with UM Congregation. Overnight.
  • Monday, July 27         Travel to Camanchaj, Briefing at Salud y Paz / Susannah. Wesley School
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:  Health team stays for projects. Balance of team returns to Xenacoj for projects in p.m.
  • July 28, 29, 30, 31       Health team spends 4 full days in service at Camanchaj and outpost clinics. Xenacoj team works on co-op, community and building projects Saturday, August 1 a.m. – Camanchaj Team returns by van to Xenacoj. A.M. – wrap up work on Xenacoj Projects. P.M. – Dedication of Relief Home; visit homes built by 2013 team. Evening – Team sharing/celebration
  • Sunday, August 2      Full Day to Visit Antiqua
  • Monday, August 3     Briefing and wheel chair/PET distribution at Refugio Esperanza. Evening –  Depart for home or additional touring.

Cost: Round trip airfare to Guatemala City plus about $600 for ground expenses that includes most meals lodging, transportation, van/driver contract and insurance. Projecting: 18 team members (youth, young adults, adults and retirees). Sponsorship would be through churches and/or service clubs.

Note: Informational meetings will be held in October, 2014 in South Central Alaska. Registration emphasis will be made at that time. We hope to have the entire team recruited by Thanksgiving of 2014.

To request an application or for information/questions- contact: JoAnn Shore/Walt Hays at: haysshore@alaskalife.net.