What we are doing in Guatemala
- Spanish classes, cultural immersion Spanish lessons daily, professor Jaime Arruanjo, Amatitlan, Guatemala
- Aquaponics project at Hogar, daily hours learning the mechanics of Aquaponic farming and working on a working aquaponics farm Marco Cortez instructor and director of Agriculture at Hogar Ayau, Villa Nueva, Guatemala
- Networking and visiting local and regional entrepreneurs interested in FTF instructional guidance. FTF will be visiting at least 20 of these potential entrepreneurs this spring, using the extensive network provided by our trusted relationships here in Amatitlan. The most dedicated of these entrepreneurs will eventually become a part of our FTF portfolio in Guatemala; groups of local entrepreneurs with great ideas and profound potential to make a difference long term.
- In July we were invited to begin a relationship with two communities. Chuitawkuinayup near Momostenango is an incredible place with profound needs. A group of dedicated Russian doctors working for Health and Help is building a clinic there. Reilly is now writing a site assessment with plans to make a home nearby in Momostenango. A second community that holds great promise is north of our headquarters near the River Dulce. We've been invited to plant our presence there by an elder of the village. Our site assessment will be done there in August. As Reilly nears the end of his immersionship our work in Guatemala begins to take on a new form. To find out more about that form click here and check out our four step plan!
- We want to welcome Andrew Schwark to Guatemala. He is our second field worker in Guatemala, and rounds out our presence there for the long term. He and Reilly now work hand in hand discovery and empowering local change makers and their brilliant ideas.
- In October, Reilly and Andrew moved much of their operations up to Momestenango where they will work hand in hand with the village elders of a village called Chuiyaktanayup. In addition to continuing our relationship there with local entrepreneurs, we've also begun work with the medical NGO Health and Help. Health and Help serves communities near Momestenango by providing low cost medical care for villagers who have no medical alternatives. FTF and Health and Help will work together in creating alternative funding mechanisms to allow for long term sustainability for the medical clinic and all the good work done therein.
- Andrew Schwark has started his immersionship with local farmers and their families. In return for his lessons of in English, villagers have agreed to teach Andrew and Reilly K'iche, the local Mayan dialect. When school is in session again (January), Andrew will begin his official immersionship with the local school district.
- Jo Ann Blackwell will visit Guatemala in January and work with our field workers there. Together they will open classes offered to local impresarios as a way to gain FTF Certification. This process helps our local impresarios to build their ideas into viable, long term businesses and social enterprises. It also offers free education in the art of project development to local change makers. Go Jo Jo!