Guatemala City

Published: July 30th 2006EDIT THIS ENTRY

3-D Map3-D Map3-D Map

The whole country, including Belize, topographically mapped.

Schedule while in Guatemala City:

Wednesday, July 5
---Meet with Sister Alba in the Francisco Coll school.
---Attend special program at the school.
---Visit relief map of Guatemala.
---Meet at CEDEPCA with Hector Castaneda, professor with Biblical and Theological Formation Program.
---Dinner at Casa San Jose
---Group singing, reflection and devotions

Thursday, July 6
---Work at Francisco Coll school
---Visit Museum Ixchel with guide (textile museum)
---Visit National Place, central park, central market
---Dinner at Casa San Jose
---Group singing, reflection and devotions

Friday, July 7
---Work at Francisco Coll school (finish 67 chairs!!!)
---Lunch at CEDEPCA
---Intro. To Women’s Pastoral Program. Meet with Betty Carrera Paz, Coordinator for Women’s Pastoral Program.
---Visit Museum Miraflores, archeological museum and mound
---Dinner at Casa San Jose
---Group singing, reflection and devotions

Saturday, July 8
---Visit Antigua Guatemala
---Tour Capuchins monastery
---Visit village crafts center
---Free time in Antigua
---Dinner at Casa San Jose
---Final evaluation
---Group singing, reflection and devotions

Sunday, July 9
---Leave for airport
---Leave Guatemala

3D Volcanos3D Volcanos3D Volcanos

Look at the volcanos on the 3D map.

I was surprised by the importance of the scholarship program for the students. Many of the students would never have the chance for a good education without this program. It's only $150 per year per student, with the request that you maintain the scholarship for a minimum of three years. Below is the mailing address, in Florida, if you are interested. Our mission group gives the money left over from the trip, in addition to individuals supporting students.

Information about giving donations to the Utatlan School in Quiche, Guatemala. The Utatlan School is named for the nearby ruins of the capital of the ancient Maya-K’iche Indian tribe. These famous ruins are also knowan as Gumarcaaj. The K’iche Indian tribe is still the largest in Guatemala.

The school needs scholarships, computers, dorm furniture, library books, tapes and videos in Spanish.
Contributions may be sent to:

35512 Chester Dr.
Zephyrhills, Florida 33541-4618

Please specify project.

Additional photos below
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Archeology MuseumArcheology Museum
Archeology Museum

Fascinating museum with Indian mound behind it
private enterprise busesprivate enterprise buses
private enterprise buses

The buses compete like taxis--fast, aggressive, colorful
Sam at the top of the moundSam at the top of the mound
Sam at the top of the mound

Sam, our 13 year old, ran up to the top of the mound and danced.
cemetary mauseleumcemetary mauseleum
cemetary mauseleum

Famous markers in the main cemetary--overlooks the junkyard
burial drawersburial drawers
burial drawers

Many drawers for burial.
junkyard recyclingjunkyard recycling
junkyard recycling

These are the parents of the Francisco coll students--recycling the junk.
the vulturesthe vultures
the vultures

From the cemetary looking down on the vultures perched over the junkyard.
Susie tapingSusie taping
Susie taping

I had to tape and paint too.
hard working studentshard working students
hard working students

We toured the school; they gave us a show, then we gave them a show.
the show for usthe show for us
the show for us

The students did a show for us
what is she writingwhat is she writing
what is she writing

Some students kept working while we observed the classrooms.
She's doing mathShe's doing math
She's doing math

She is writing numbers, 32, 34, 36, etc.
We do a showWe do a show
We do a show

We gave a puppet show for the kids.
the chairs are scrubbedthe chairs are scrubbed
the chairs are scrubbed

First step: chairs are scrubbed.
We wish for an electric sanderWe wish for an electric sander
We wish for an electric sander

We sanded by hand, but wish we had brought an electric sander!
taping and paintingtaping and painting
taping and painting

Scrubbed, sanded, then put on masking tape and paint the metal blue.
Still painting chairsStill painting chairs
Still painting chairs

Painted and painted chairs
varnishing the desksvarnishing the desks
varnishing the desks

The last step was varnishing the wood

30th July 2006

very sweet photos, I smiled at all of your hard work and dedication while browsing through them. Good job! A+!!
From Blog: Guatemala City
31st July 2006

great pictures
Dear Susie: We are so proud of you and Gailey for your work in Guatemala. I was particularly happy this blog to see more pictures of you and Gailey. Love, Nina
From Blog: Guatemala City
2nd August 2006

Fantastic work! Terrific pictures! Great commentary! Thanks!
From Blog: Guatemala City

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