Monday, October 5, 2009

MCC Global Family Tour

What is Global Family??? That is what I was wondering myself when I heard that an MCC group wanted to visit Global Family programs in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala. What I found out is that Global Family is an exciting program that is helping make education possible for individuals and communities in countries all over the world. What fun I had working with this inter-generational group of 10 for a quick, six days in September. We visited various Global Family sponsored programs in the area of Altaverapaz (featured in the post "What's Happening in Altaverapaz) and I think I can say, that we all learned a lot! Thanks to the new SALTER's, Luke Penner and Paige Reuber, for joining us on the trip!

Taken from the Global Family website
http://www.mcc.org/globalfamily/

"Through Global Family, MCC's education sponsorship program, you help make creative, community-based education available to children and young adults. For more than 70 million children, going to school remains a dream, just out of reach. Their days are filled with working for survival or with domestic chores. Students who achieve education gain confidence and skills that enable them to improve their lives and their communities. As a sponsor, you receive two updates annually, including stories and photos of the program you're supporting. Will you join Global Family in making the dream of education come true?"




Walking down (and up!) to the community of Santo Tomas Xacalta, where we heard the following meaningful testimony to the value of education:

Maria Caal, 35, lives in Santo Tomas Xacalta, a rural Kekchi community located two hours away from Coban, the capital of the Alta Verapaz Department in Guatemala. She has been part of one of the 6 literacy groups that Fundameno is running and that are supported by MCC’s Global Family project. During a recent group visit, Maria shared the following: “Before, we indigenous women used to stay at home the whole day cleaning house, cooking, and taking care of our children. Our world was so small and our voices were soundless. But when we started to study and to learn how to read and write first in Kekchi and then in Spanish, our world became bigger. Now we are taking on other roles and we are aware of the needs of our families and the whole community. We have a say and our perspectives are being heard. We are able to participate in discussions and proposals in order to address the different needs in our families and communities; this is how education is transforming my life."








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