A program was listed a couple of weeks ago on UnityConnect.org that sparked excitement in me for this work in a global sense. Mike Hawes joined unityconnect.org as it was launched earlier this year and connected with me about ideas for service projects. I am pleased to say that he and a group from Unity of Fort Collins didn’t just talk about doing something but have researched deeply and come up with a meaningful program that will make a difference in the world.

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Photo by Jeff Abbott

In the small village of La Bendición, Guatemala, is a mixture of indigenous people, all escaping the heartache and suffering of civil war. They collectively decided to flee from their homeland and move into a more peaceful setting. Together, they purchased land that was supposed to be fertile and included infrastructure. On arriving they found a challenging mountainside with high winds, limited water, no electricity and very poor road access.
The environmental nonprofit Trees, Water & People (TWP), through Utz Che’ (a local NGO), made connection with the community of La Bendición over four years ago. With a desire to make a difference for this community, TWP shared the needs and desires of the community. In a partnership of Unity of Fort Collins and the Geller Center, a trip of discovery, service and cultural exchange formed. This trip will be departing for Guatemala in late December 2015 for 14 days.

Photo by Sebastian Africano

Photo by Sebastian Africano

This trip will include environmental education through teaching the youth about ecotourism and offering awareness and programs in the community about environmental and natural resources. Improvements in infrastructure including a community kitchen, access routes into the community, transportation and improve community Center. And agroforestry initiatives including a vegetable garden, beekeeping projects and coffee projects.

 

Want to find out more? 

Program listing on UnityConnect.org: Guatemalan Service Trip

Article on Trees, Water & People website about this trip

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Photo by Jeff Abbott

Photo by Megan Maiolo

Photo by Megan Maiolo