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