Just returned from Guatemala

I just returned from another trip to Guatemala and the La Pedrera School. The primary purpose of the trip was to transport five relatively new computers that had been donated by Portland State University. I was accompanied by two family members and another couple. We took our entire personal luggage as carry-on, enabling us to check the computers at no extra charge.

La Pedrera students using computers supplied by LPSP.

La Pedrera students using computers supplied by LPSP.

The internet at the school is still a hit and miss situation. I am sending down two new antennas that are supposed to get the signal from Casa Xelaju through the intervening trees and to the school.

It was my first trip during the rainy season so we all carried and utilized ponchos and/or umbrellas. There was a thunder shower each afternoon which resulted in water curb high on the entire street. After the rain had stopped for an hour or so the only evidence of the rain was a little bit of steam rising from the street

A special thank you to Mark Wubbold of Portland State University for arranging the donation of the computers and Brian Keevy of Technapack who supplied packaging material.

One of the new computers donated by PSU.

One of the new computers donated by PSU.


  1. Hi Wayne,

    I am in a really tight space financially and have creatively found ways to finance a trip to Casa Xelaju in July 2013. I see on the agenda we are to spend a day at La Pedrera School. I am a Spanish Teacher trying to teach my HS students about giving. They don’t get it but I’d like to give them an opportunity to donate items for the school. Is there something they need that students could donate?…Pencils, tape, crayons?


    Lee-Anne Calhoon

  2. IF I sponsor a high school girl there, will I get to meet her when I go to Guatemala this summer?

    • Yes, you will be able to meet the student and her family as the school year runs from January thr October