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Guatemala Mission's Water Project 

From Most Rev. Joseph F Catrambone, D.Div.

In May, we travelled to Guatemala to venture into Guatemala Missions first water project. Thankfully, we could not have had a better host and partner for our first project. Bill & Mary Gonzalez have been faithfully serving the people of Guatemala for long over a decade, and their heart for the people is truly amazing. With the leadership and connections from the Gonzalez Guatemala Mission was able to effectively go into a community near Quetzaltenango where we distributed filters to 100 families and educated them about basic sanitation and simple things they could do to improve their family’s health. 

We then left 100 more filters with the Gonzalez’s so that they could continue to bless the families that they are serving that do not live in the community that we were in. It was a fast project, and a learning experience. However, it was not only fast and educational, it was successful. 

In September, I will travel back to Guatemala to embark on our second major project in San Luis Petén. This is a special project for me because San Luis Petén was the first place that I ever travelled to in Guatemala, and it was in San Luis Petén where God spotlighted the clean water issue to me; eventually leading to the genesis of Guatemala Missions . 

We will be delivering 500 family home filters, as well as educating them about basic sanitation. This will take place over 2 weeks with seminars and home visits. I am equally excited about this trip, if not more than the first. Not because of San Luis Petén but because of poptun. Not only because In May, we travelled to Guatemala to venture into Guatemala Missions first water project.

Thankfully, we could not have had a better host and partner for our first project. Bill & Mary Gonzalez have been faithfully serving the people of Guatemala for long over a decade, and their heart for the people is truly amazing. With the leadership and connections from the Gonzalez Guatemala Mission was able to effectively go into a community near Quetzaltenango where we distributed filters to 100 families and educated them about basic sanitation and simple things they could do to improve their family’s health. 

We then left 100 more filters with the Gonzalez’s so that they could continue to bless the families that they are serving that do not live in the community that we were in. It was a fast project, and a learning experience. However, it was not only fast and educational, it was successful.

In September, I will travel back to Guatemala to embark on our second major project in San Luis Petén. This is a special project for me because San Luis Petén was the first place that I ever travelled to in Guatemala, and it was in San Luis Petén where God spotlighted the clean water issue to me; eventually leading to the genesis of Guatemala Missions . 

We will be delivering 500 family home filters, as well as educating them about basic sanitation. This will take place over 2 weeks with seminars and home visits. I am equally excited about this trip, if not more than the first. Not because of San Luis Petén but because of poptun. Not only because we are continuing to grow and are able to fulfill some commitments we made and fulfill prophetic visions in San Luis Petén some 18 years ago (which is amazing in itself!), but also because I get to return to poptun for two weeks to really get back into the community that we were . I am thrilled to be getting another opportunity to come along-side friends like Gladys & Cesar, Ludin, Heidy, and Edu and Douglas; entering into people’s homes and getting to know them and telling them why I come all the way from Maryland, specifically for them.

I can’t wait to get into some of the homes of the people we have served and experience firsthand just how successful our vision and passion is translating into real life. I will be gathering information and testimonies on and what a difference it makes. 

So what does this mean to you, our friends and family and our amazing donors? This means everything. This means that your faithfulness enables us to be faithful and enables our local partners to be faithful in their journey to eradicate the health issues plaguing their communities. This means that Guatemala Missions isn’t simply an idea anymore. Guatemala Missions is a living and breathing organism that is growing since infancy, but is actually seeing its own effectiveness. This is what it is all about. Sure, success can be measured in many different ways. But this next trip, to me, means success. It’s not the ultimate success, but it is success. I have always been told that successes grow on each other. God has provided continually to empower His vision of Guatemala Missions. And that is all I ever hoped and dreamed for, for Guatemala Missions.

I am immensely excited to see what the days ahead have in store for All Who Are Thirsty. 

To God alone be all Glory.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Location: Guatemala Central América

Description: Guatemala has, 22 regions, where 94% of people live on less than $3.00 per day. 98% of the population is indigenous.

Problem Addressed: It is estimated that over 90% of the water supply in Guatemala is contaminated.

Mission: Filters were installed in schools to provide the children with access to clean water for drinking, hygiene, and sanitation. The families of these children now need a way to provide for uncontaminated water in their homes.

Project Description: This project consists of individual projects with separate locations, community descriptions and problem descriptions. Filters will be installed in partner communities, to be given to the mother leaders who volunteer to prepare meals each school day. We will train the mothers on the installation, proper use and maintenance of the filters.

Comments: This project expands the concept to include filters in the homes of the students so that the students can share the benefits of clean water with their families and continue to engage in healthful practices. In building on the success of the first phase of this project, the effectiveness, sustainability, scalability, and ease of implementation and evaluation are demonstrated. This project has been fully funded by two families who wish the Glory go To God!

What You Can Do: If you like this concept and would like to sponsor a similar project, just let us know. There is a tremendous need for clean water in Guatemala, and we would love to continue our work there.

 What You Can Do? 
Use this form to make donations for clean water. $120 will provide clean drinking water for a family and saves lives! Any amount is helpful but if you can give $120 it will be a real blessing to a Guatemala family.

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