We feel it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words. So many of our experiences in Guatemala touch the heart in ways that words simply cannot express. Our hope is that some of these photos will better tell the story of the beauty of the people of Guatemala and our efforts there.
There are many more albums and photos for viewing on our Flickr site.
You can also view our photo memory books that we’ve made for our donors. If you’ve been on one of these trips, you can also order your own copy of the book at this Shutterfly link.
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Santa Apolonia, Chimaltenango.
Women collecting water in Santa Apolonia, Chimaltenango.
School opening in San Jose Xepatan, Patzun.
Children waving flags.
Adriana with the women leaders making the “atol” (hot masa dough beverage)
Penny and Adriana
Elsie Fessler and Penny Rambacher
Penny and David ready to distribute water filters in San Jorge, Solola.
Penny Rambacher in action carrying water filters.
Adriana Sanchez showing how to assemble the water filter.
Women from San Jorge, Guatemala.
Elvin testing the water.
Cleaning the filters before use.
Cleaning the filter before use.
It was a very happy day for the women in San Jorge after they received their water filter.
Lots and lots of water filters.
Penny Rambacher, our #1 Chaya chum.
Community leader in San Lucas Toliman, Solola.
Young students learning how to cook chaya.
Chaya at Lake Atitlan.
Adriana Sanchez delivering Chaya cuttings to people in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola.
Students at CECAP, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Solola.
An “A” team of great cooks at Cafe Cruceno.
Penny visiting the young cooks at Cafe Cruceno.
Santiago is a rapid learner at Cafe Cruceno.
Omelette with Chaya inside.
A mix of delicious flavors.
Creating great dishes.
Women and students from the community participating together.
Chef Juan Carlos teaching women how to make healthy lunches.
Adriana Sanchez from MIA, Monika Marroquin and Chef Euda Morales cooking recipes using Chaya.
Chef Euda Morales’ collaboration in the kitchen is key in creating healthy new recipes.
Healthy foods from the market.
Tamalitos with Chaya.
Information on Chaya has been shared and published in Prensa Libre, Guatemala.
Adriana Sanchez holding Chaya cuttings with Lucia Castellanos from University del Valle in Guatemala.
The University Francisco Marroquin along with Del Valle of Guatemala have been sharing expertise to promote native plants.
Bringing the community together
Learning from each other
Group picture with the community leaders
Women at the Konojel Center in San Marcos La Laguna
Tortillas with Chaya and black beans
Green healthy tortillas
Adriana Sanchez from Miracles in Action and Susana Heisse from Pura Vida
Culinary students preparing meals for the CECAP Cafe.
Sewing students hard at work
Sewing students making products for sale
Sewing program at CECAP Vocational Center
Penny Rambacher, Jo Anne and Veronica Garcia-Melendez, Michael Estill, Christie Brown, with school teachers and students
Donors working with the village community to paint the school.
Veronica trimming with beautiful blue.
Kids and adults – everyone got involved in the painting!
3 new classrooms!
A gift of soccer balls!
Donor Jo Anne Garcia-Melendez receives a gift from community leader, Don Geronimo.
Veronica Garcia-Melendez receives a gift from the students.
Donor Jo Anne Garcia-Melendez and daughter Veronica cut the ribbon to make it official!
The village women cooked lunch for the entire crowd!
Everyone lines up for a delicious lunch.
Each student received a backpack and a small stuffed animal or toy. School supplies (pens, pencils, glue, crayons, notebooks, etc.) were left with the teachers for distribution.
Big smiles from donor and student!
This school was dedicated in memory of Rosa Melendez de Garcia, mother-in-law of donor Jo Anne Garcia-Melendez.
In memory of Rosa Meléndez de García (1913-2006)
Teacher, singer, actress, businesswoman and beloved mother