The Land of Eternal Spring.
How We Got Here
FTF was invited to work in Guatemala at the behest of an Orthodox orphanage located in Amatitlán (about 30 minutes from Guatemala City). Our first Field Volunteer, Reilly Dooris, along with Co-Founder John Heers began the arduous process of building FTF 2016. Both Reilly and John were involved with the orphanage, where Reilly assisted with boys' activities throughout the week.
Tragically, the Orphanage and the current Guatemalan government did not see eye-to-eye on certain things, and the children were relocated to the inner city. Fortunately for FTF, we were invited to see Momostenango (5 hours west of Guatemala City) and discover if it was a place where we could set down roots. It was.
What We Are Doing
Since late 2016 FTF has been actively involved in creating a sustainable methodology to both help people and create relationships. A continual process of iteration, we have worked with farmers, welders, restaurant owners, teachers and bakers. Our assumptions have been continuously challenged and overturned; the American mindset isn't a good fit for Guatemala and learning what works and what doesn't has been a challenge. Fast forward to 2019 and a lot has happened; we’ve run 3 separate Journeys to Momostenango and other parts of Guatemala, we’ve developed a “Phase II” system for our Field Workers to effectively collaborate and support Impresarios, and we have recently completed our first major project - a 50K school building project. Check our blogs for all the latest news!
Moving Northwest about five and a half hours through the winding mountains one will arrive at the bottom of Momostenango, where the small town of San Francisco de Alto hosts one of the largest, if not the largest market in Central America. Moving straight up curvy mountain roads you can reach the city of Momostenango, an interesting mix of tiendas, markets, and cultural events
During the 2012 year, there was a fair amount of tourism to Momos by people wanting to take part in Mayan rituals; those concerned with the end of the world. In fact, the calender was mearly changing to a new year!
If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can catch a pick-up out to the small pueblo of Chuinajtahuyup, a small Mayan village surrounded by mountains and forest. This is where our original body of work took place, and remains a special place in our hearts.