Spring Greetings

Being there when someone is in need is what we do.

Imagine a sick child needing life-saving surgery and there is no money to pay the doctor and hospital. Parents struggle and feel demoralized when they hear a solution but can't do anything. Fathers working in agriculture in San Martin, Jilotepeque make about Q750 a month if they can find work. That's Q9,000 a year or about $1,200. Surgery could cost Q10,000 (about $1,333) which is more than a year's wage. We help the families by providing funds for necessary tests and surgeries.

The number of patients seen at the clinics has increased 34% in the first 3 months this year compared to the same time last year. Already this year we've logged 2,654 patients at our primary care and dental clinics.

Admittedly, we have a problem saying "no" to kids who desperately want to go to school so our scholarship program has grown to 99 students this year. Adult education at our Learning and Skills Center is expanding with new classes and more students in sewing, baking, technology, and cosmetology. Grants to communities to construct water projects, sanitation, school improvements, and safe, vented Chapina stoves continue to improve rural villages.

You know we are passionate about results. Your investment creates a powerful impact for hundreds of families in rural Guatemala. We hope you are inspired to continue to partner with us and encouraged to do more. Together we can provide hope for a better future...it's not just a slogan, it's reality.

Kind regards,
Lois & Ken Werner

Students and teachers are ready to move to their new school in June. Until now school for the 40 students has been a makeshift classroom across the road at the elementary school. They have never had their own school.

Excitement is evident in the village. The new school is a result of everyone in the community working together. The mayor provided the mason, men in the village volunteer their labor, families in the village have donated money and even the students held a raffle to raise money for their school.
Junior high school in La Plazuela
Teachers and parents met in the new classroom this week to make plans for the dedication
on June 14, 2019
Southwood UCC in front of the school kitchen in La Plazuela January 2019
Members of Southwood United Church of Christ in Raytown, Missouri, led by Pastor Michael Stephens, traveled to Guatemala in January to build the school kitchen at the La Plazuela junior high school.
Above, a banner hangs at the school thanking the donors for their contributions. Funds are used to purchase the construction materials, desks, chairs, and computers for the school.

Thanks to many people for
their donations and hard work!

Fredy at school
We met him in October, 2015. He lives with his aunt and uncle in a very remote village. He crawled to school because he could not walk. Now 13, Fredy is in 6th grade and walks to school.

Our Patient Care Fund paid for Fredy's medical care. Our health team assisted Fredy with countless doctors' appointments. Dr. Castillo, an orthopedic surgeon in Guatemala City didn't charge Fredy for his six surgeries, including amputating his right leg just below his knee. Once he recovered, Fredy made numerous trips to Zacapa, 6 hours from San Martin, to have a prosthesis fitted. He has had months of physical therapy. His aunt and uncle never left Fredy's side.

Even being in a body cast for 4 months didn't deter Fredy's determination to walk. He is a true inspiration for all of us.
Rotarians Kathleen and Chris Davis from Seattle, Washington, visited San Martin in February.

Thanks to a grant from several Rotary Clubs in Washington, Rotary International, and Antigua Rotary Club, 4 schools received new bathrooms and hand washing stations and 5 schools received computer labs.This was a joint effort between Rotary Clubs, parents and teachers at the schools and Director Amilcar Vielman who coordinated the projects. The grant benefited 750 students and 27 teachers.
Students in Los Jometes have new bathrooms, hand washing stations, and computer lab.
Students in Sajcap are learning computer skills.
Members of Antigua Rotary Club visited schools in San Martin to see their new computer labs.
New baking classes started in March. Instructor Ana Aguilar brings new skills to the kitchen teaching the students how to bake cakes,make desserts, and on the day this photo was taken they made delicious pizza.
Technology instructor Luis Navas teaches computer skills to 170 students each week. Some students have never touched a mouse and others are advancing through Word, Paint, and Excel. Luis also trains teachers in our computer lab, as well as at their village schools.
Instructors Flor Caniz and Silvia Armira are adding beginning and intermediate sewing classes. Students in the advanced classes are learning how to sew custom jackets, blouses, and pants. With these skills the women can start their own business in their village.
Students attending Cosmetology classes are learning how to cut and color hair, pedicures, manicures, and now massage therapy. Instructor Amelia Monroy also is teaching students how to make baskets that they can sell in their village or at the market.

Women living in rural Guatemala have never heard of cervical cancer. Dr. Garcia and the health team are saving lives at monthly cervical cancer clinics where between 10% and 18% of the women are treated for cervical cancer.

At each clinic they teach the women about the causes, treatments, and the importance of screening every three years.

Through a generous grant from the Board of Missions and Outreach at Naples United Church of Christ we purchased cryotherapy equipment used to treat women presenting cervical cancer lesions.

"With this equipment we can treat the woman while she is at the clinic" said Dr. Garcia. "If she leaves she probably won't return so immediate therapy saves her life".

Dr. Garcia with cryotherapy equipment
Dr. Ligia Garcia displaying the new
cryotherapy equipment donated by
Naples United Chuch of Christ

Healthy kids can stay in school and learn.
Healthy moms can care for their children.
Healthy dads can work.
Healthy families can thrive.
Please help us continue this healthy cycle.


Elvira Castro, 24, attended sewing classes for a year. She was invited to participate in business classes sponsored by Boulware Foundation and Namaste in 2018.
A year ago Elvira had the opportunity to start a small business selling chickens from her house. She was open Saturday, Sunday and Wednesdays. During business class the trainers suggested to her to create a delivery service to the homes in her village. She took their advice and sales increased. Now Elvira walks door to door selling chicken on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Her customers are happy and her profits are up.
With the additional profits she was able to buy a small electric sewing machine. With the skills she learned in sewing classes, she is now making money sewing for her neighbors. "I am so grateful for the sewing classes and everything I learned" said Elvira.

Women in the village wear typical blouses enhanced with beads. Elvira learned how to sew the basic blouse in sewing class and her aunt taught her how to add the beads. Her simple machine can't sew on the beads but she rents her uncle's sewing machine for $3 a day when she has an order for a special blouse.

Elvira attended school only through the 6th grade. She is not attending school now because she is helping a cousin with school expenses but in the future Elvira hopes to attend junior high school.

Pictured here are sewing instructor Flor Caniz, Ken Werner, Elvira and
Director Amilcar Vielman. They are celebrating Elvira's graduation from sewing class.
People for Guatemala, Inc.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 110221
Naples, FL 34108

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Phone in the U.S. 941 244 8692

Phone in Guatemala 502 4909 0841

Phone in Guatemala 502 4909 0841