In Guatemala, Engedi partners with two organizations working to transform the country from within. At Risk No More is devoted to helping children on the street in the nation’s capital, Guatemala City. Here, there are 56,000 war orphans and more than 5,000 street children, and 27% of children under age five are underweight. Malnourishment is the issue, not starvation. These street children of Guatemala have been severely traumatized and persecuted.
But there is hope. We partner with At Risk No More to reach out to these traumatized and persecuted children, who are overlooked by society and living on the street. We want to make disciples and equip children with the ability to become role models and agents of constructive change. The work we do helps minister to the whole child in all four aspects of their life—spiritual, social, educational and economic.
We also partner with PrayAmerica, a ministry that impacts the lives of widows and orphans through feeding programs, housing construction, Bible education and prayer.
The work we do helps minister to the whole child in all four aspects of their life—spiritual, social, educational and economic.The Mayan population in the Guatemala countryside is still struggling with the effects of a civil war that lasted generations. Specifically, the Mayans face issues of poverty and malnutrition; orphans and widows lack education and necessary resources. Pray America serves Mayans in by unconditionally loving and caring for those that even the local community has forgotten in very tangible ways.
In 2003, the ministry settled in Chichicastenango with a mission house for prayer and mission teams. From Chichicastenango, they focus their efforts on three indigenous communities: Paquixic, Xepocol and Saquilla. Pray America serves Mayans in by unconditionally loving and caring in very tangible ways for those that even the local community has forgotten. In 2008, an Orphan Care center was added with the vision to care for, educate, feed and heal children in need in the Chichicastenango area.
Engedi is currently sending groups to Guatemala to help aid the less fortunate, and we are always looking for others to join us. And here in Holland, we help raise money for our Guatemalan partners through Tread. If you’d like to learn more about our work in Guatemala, or if you’d like to join us on an upcoming trip, don’t hesitate to let us know.