World Renew has been working in Guatemala since 1976 – after the big earthquake. Today, World Renew works through civil associations that originated as diaconal ministries of the the Presbyterian church in four regions: Huehutenango, Quetzaltenango, Peten, and Alta and Baja Verapaz.
The focus of this work is with communities of the Kanjobal, Kekchi and Mestizo ethnic groups. Guatemala has 23 Mayan ethnic groups, most of them living in rural areas under poverty conditions.
World Renew helps strengthen the local leadership in these communities and works with them to improve food security, conservation agriculture, preventative health care, and education. Through its work, World Renew hopes to help a country with a troubled recent past and rich cultural heritage discover opportunities and hope through Christ.
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World Renew Partners In Guatemala
World Renew works with ACOSPREK to address the needs of rural families living near the Mexico border on one of the most famous and highest chains of mountains in Guatemala, the Cuchumatanes. ACOSPREK works with poor communities to help them improve their agricultural production, prevent childhood diseases, and they are also starting a justice program.
ACOSPREK is well-known and respected by the people and government in the region. Thanks to World Renew support, ACOSPREK has helped people learn to conserve land, prevent erosion, and use appropriate fertilizers to grow and harvest land on the mountainside. They have also halted malnutrition in children, and have helped adults gain an elementary school level of education.
Asociación Programa Integral de Desarrollo Cristiano, literally Association of the Integral Program for Christian Development; the Presbyterian Service Committee of Peten
World Renew works with Peten to address the needs of poor families in several counties in the Peten region. The region of Peten is frequently visited by tourists because it is home to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Unfortunately, despite this rich history and attraction, many people of Peten live in poverty. This is due, in part, to hot weather that can hinder the growth of food crops.
Through the partner APIDEC, World Renew is working on holistic community development which includes agricultural training, preventive health programs for children, and adult education. By encouraging farmers to plant new crops that can withstand high heat, and by teaching nutrition and hygiene communities in Peten are making great strides for the future.
Asociación de Desarrollo Integral del Polochic, literally the Association for the Integral Development of Polochic Valley; the Presbyterian Service Committee of Kekchi
The region of Kekchi is in the northeastern part of the country. Because it is hard to access, the region has had a long history of being under-developed and abandoned by many government programs. As a result, it has the highest level of illiteracy in the country. Its people also live in poverty. Through this partner, World Renew is helping communities improve their agricultural production, prevent childhood disease, and increase adult education. Adult education programs start with basic literacy, but also include elementary, secondary, and diploma-level possibilities.
Vid y Pampanos is the diaconal ministry of the Reformed Confessional Presbytery in the Quetzaltenango region. World Renew is helping Vid & Pampanos with their agricultural work in four of the poorest rural communities of the region. They also include preventive health and leadership development.