The BBC recently reported on a political movement of peaceful protests that is having an impact on country leadership: “Guatemala is one of the most violent countries in the world, where corruption is rife, but a new political movement which started online has managed to hold a series of protests without a single violent incident – and it’s starting to make a huge impact
We are very proud of all of children who have graduated from the La Pedrera school since we have begun this project. Several, in fact, have gone on to further study at the university, including at least one from the 2014 class. In this video, Luigui González, one of the La Pedrera School 2014 graduates, reflects on his experience, expresses his gratitude and shares
Thanks to each person who has so generously sent in a donation to help with our goal to replace the aging desktop computers at the La Pedrera School. I wanted to let you know that we are half way to our goal. We have been able to purchase five laptops for the school. If you haven’t donated yet, please consider donating before May 15th.
The Miami Herald posted an article on 2/6/13 about the accountability for war crimes and trial of former Guatemalan dictator, Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt. The article is called “In Guatemala, Justice After All These Years.” For Mayans who were displaced and lost loved ones during the conflict, the trial provides some recognition of their struggles. You can read the full article at The Miami
Greetings to all sponsors and supporters of LPSP both past and present: As I approach, ever more rapidly, the end of my seventieth decade the need to turn this labor of love over to younger dedicated volunteers becomes more and more apparent. In connection therewith, Jeff Keating a long time sponsor has agreed to take over some of my duties as Executive Director As
The former Guatemalan dictator, José Efraín Ríos Montt, and several of his military aids are finally being tried for their part in the brutal genocide that took place during his seventeen month rule in the early 1980s. The trial is expected to last more than a year. The Mayan people continue to struggle with the aftermath of the Guatemalan Civil War. Like the families
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. The internet
Previously we reported on the fundraiser held by the Pillsbury M/S/T School in Minneapolis. They raised over $1000 for the La Pedrera school. Originally, we had intended that some of the money they raised go toward purchasing a used scooter for Teresa, the teacher at La Pedrera. The school is located on a mountain overlooking Quetzaltenango. It is a difficult climb up the mountain
Our thanks go out to the Northwest Baptist Foundation, whose donors have recommended a one-time grant of $5,000 to be used for the La Pedrera School Project. We are excited about the opportunity this will provide to better support the school and aid in our fundraising efforts.
I traveled to Guatemala to take part in the graduation celebration for four Mayan young ladies. The other reason for the visit was to introduce Anthony Forney, my potential replacement, to the project and the community. The celebration turned out to take about a three hour and three handkerchiefs. Yes, the young ladies graduated and were feted but the majority of the time was