Guatemala School Project

Jason Micheli —  April 10, 2015 — Leave a comment

I stumbled across some good news in the cancer club today.

As you know we are in the midst of our annual fundraiser to support Aldersgate’s work in Guatemala. This year, there is a ZERO percent chance that I say something in this fundraising effort that offends my superiors – and it is all thanks to cancer.

You can’t get offended when a cancer patient asks you to support kids in a subsistence economy in the developing world – it’s a violation of the cancer code.

I’m officially on ‘medical leave’ but that doesn’t stop me from being a committed volunteer when it comes to our work in Guatemala.

So I’m going to let it all hang out. We need you to contribute to our Guatemala project this year – and we need you to do it today.

In the past several years, Aldersgate rose to the occasion to build stoves in homes so that our friends in the Highlands don’t smoke choke themselves to an early death. We built a community center. A school cafeteria. And a sanitation system that now connects the entire village.

To date, our projects – all of which were done hand-in-hand and at the suggestion of the village leadership – have been focused on the here-and-now. They’ve been life-saving, health-saving projects.

Now we are tackling something bigger: the future.

Aldersgate is trying to heed the call for a high school – one that will serve 13 villages.

It’s not replacing an existing school because currently, they don’t have one. It’s creating an entirely new horizon for the children of these remote villages.

By furthering their education, they’ll have skills that can earn real wages. When even one person in a family breaks the cycle of subsistence living, the entire family benefits.

We can help our Guatemalan friends literally change the economic trajectory of the entire village just by opening new doors to its youngest citizens.

This school will not build itself. It is our largest undertaking to date. It requires that we raise $50,000.

We’re 2/3 of the way towards our goal. Kick in some cash.

You can’t turn down an adorable cancer patient can you?

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You have prayed about our mission in Guatemala. The kids there have a prayer. Now they need a chance.

For the past 10 years, our mission in Guatemala has been a big part of my life. My attachment to the place is more than professional. But this year, when our church’s volunteers head to the airport to fly south for our work weeks, I will not be with them. Cancer and chemotherapy are going to take this trip from me.

But they don’t have to take it from you. Participate in the Guatemala project with your heart, your sweat, your prayers, your dollars – or all of the above. Give those kids a chance.

You can give to the project by clicking here and choosing ‘Change the Choice’

You can find out more about it’s importance by watching the video below:

 

Jason Micheli

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