November 2021

New community centre

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In 2021, with the support of the local church, Potter’s House swung wide the doors of a new community centre in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. The centre is based in the local church’s building and has enabled the team to serve 25 children from the local community.

“We are excited to see the local church desiring to serve the children in this community.”

– Mandy, Potter’s House team member

The state of Totonicapan, where the new community centre is based, is rich in fruits, vegetables, lush landscapes, winding roads and above all, its hardworking people who toil as labourers in agriculture. Life, however, can be tough with 74% of people living in poverty, and 24% in extreme poverty. Families struggle to earn enough to eat, resulting in 70% of children suffering from chronic malnutrition. An issue which has worsened as a result of the pandemic.

A reality which Potter’s House is changing through the community centre’s nutrition programme. Three times a week, you will hear the clink of cutlery and happy chattering as the 25 children enjoy nutritious meals. Their weight and height are then carefully monitored and further help is given if needed. In between mealtimes, the children then take part in activities to help them grow in their education and faith.

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Western Highlands Community Centre

“We have seen the parents very motivated, cooperative and willing to participate in complimentary activities.” - Community Centre Team

The children’s parents are also given support through the centre’s Parenting School where they receive nutrition and literacy training.

Praise God that already lives have been transformed. In just a few short months 76% of children are now at a normal weight!

The hope and prayer of Potter’s House is to go one step further with their nutrition programme and provide each of the 25 families they serve with monthly food bags. With these, families will have all the ingredients they need to continue healthy eating at home enabling the whole family to improve their health.

Through supporting Freedom Gifts this year, you can help Potter’s House to reach its food goal by purchasing a food bag for a family. Each bag provides enough for two meals a day for two weeks.

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“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” (Matthew 25:35)