Guatemala City, Guatemala

Welcome to the Guatemala City group page!

The group traveling to Guatemala City, Guatemala this year will be partnering with International Samaritan whose ministry focuses on serving garbage dump communities around the world. Guatemala City is the first ministry site of International Samaritan.  Their mission began in 1994 when a group of high school students on a service trip  took a detour due to traffic.  The group saw parents and their children scavenging through dump piles in search for recyclable materials to keep and trade for money.  Their Jesuit advisor, Fr. Don Vettese, began International Samaritan in response to the the terrible poverty they witnessed.  He felt that he could do something to at least protect the children from the dangers of the dump.  And so, International Samaritan began to build a nursery for the children whose parents work in the dump.  This program expanded by also creating an elementary school in the hope that the education for these children will help to end the cycle of poverty.  Now they also have a partnership with a high school so that the children of the dump workers can continue their education and may never have to work in the dump like their parents.

We are excited to partner with International Samaritan at their first ministry site.  Over the past two years we have had the privilege of working with them in Granada, Nicaragua, but we look forward to experiencing where International Samaritan began. Our group will visit and spend time at the daycare, elementary and high school, while tutoring and assisting in the classrooms. We will complete a construction project for one of these schools, which will help to improve the learning environment for the children.  The most important element of this trip is meeting with with the people who work at the garbage dump in Zona 3 where many families work to find recyclable items to sell.  We hope to hear their stories, learn about the realities they face, and listen to their hopes for their children's future.

Your donation is so important for our trip as it contributes directly to the project that we will be assigned for the school.  No amount is too small as we strive to fully immerse ourselves into the experience and lives  of the children we will serve.

My time with International Samaritan was life-changing. It was incredibly humbling to see the help that this organization provided to those in need. They really lived out the words of St. Ignatius to “go forth and set the world on fire with God's love.”  I learned what it truly means to be a ‘man for others’ on my ISIP trip.                                 

 - Joseph Crapanzano ‘17

 
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