Walking alongside disadvantaged individuals, families and communities living among the Guatemala City’s largest rubbish site. Empowering the poor to make significant changes in their own lives and their own communities.

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Over 13,000 people live next to the biggest landfill site in Central America. 7,000 of these are children. Thousands of people resort to scavenging on the dump, desperate to find something of value to sell to support their families.

Our partners, Potters House serve these communities living and scavenging on the dump. They run their ministry from 3 community centres in the area which have become safe havens where children, individuals and families are developed through holistic programmes underpinned by the Christian faith. Lasting change comes when communities are empowered to make changes for their own growth and these programmes aim to do that by focusing on the spiritual, mental and physical growth of individuals.

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Programmes Include:

Family Development

Providing spiritual guidance for the families, focussing on reconnecting the family as a unit by helping them learn to support each other. Teaching them how to effectively communicate with each other.

Education

Holistically equipping and shaping the lives of the children from elementary school through to university. Teaching them academic subjects and Christian values and principles. 70% of Potters House staff came from this programme.

Health and Nutrition

Providing medical attention, treating illnesses and educating in the basics of disease prevention and personal hygiene. Children are provided with nutritious meals that help them to reach the national group average for their height and weight.

Micro-enterprise

Providing financial resources and guidance to enable people in the community to start or grow a small business and increase their income. This in turn improves their lives and the lives of their family. The scheme includes educating people on the importance of saving money and awareness of loan sharks.

Community Development

Promoting community participation and collaboration for community projects such as infrastructure, evangelising and supporting self-management. Training new leaders to develop their communities.

  • 14,000

    discipled and evangelised people

  • 300,000

    nutritious meals

  • 12,600

    received medical attention

  • 3,000

    prayer visits

About Guatemala

Guatemala has been suffering the consequences of a 36-year civil war that killed hundreds of thousands and left the country with huge social, economic and spiritual problems. This has led to high levels of organised crime, gang violence, severe rural poverty, drugs trafficking, violence against women, infant mortality and malnourishment. Hundreds of families, including 7,000 children make up the communities that live adjacent to Guatemala City’s vast refuse tip.

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Appeal: Walking Alongside the Poor

In an area of extreme poverty, Potter’s House partner with some of the most deprived communities in Guatemala to empower them to transform their lives. Now, as they expand into a new area, they need your help.

Walking Alongside the Poor Appeal

Guatemala children

ChildAid in Guatemala

Transform the life of a child in Guatemala and become a child sponsor. £20 a month will provide a needy child with education, food and a chance to hear about Jesus.

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