Saturday, June 22, 2013

More Notes from Guatemala

We had a wonderful visit to Escuela Kimna'oj, the school that From Houses to Homes built with donations and love.   Here's what it looked like in February when it was still under construction:

Now it is filled with children learning, playing, and having two hot meals each day:

Samy helping with "concentration."
Samy was excited to see the children in her "sister school" class:

And was particularly happy to see her "sister," Ingrid.

The children love playing in their interior recess courtyard with its beautiful mural donated and painted by a Guatemalan artist.  It celebrates the traditional life lived in this Mayan community.

From the roof, there is a panoramic view of the village...

And a glimpse into other people's lives...

Which is a poignant reminder to be grateful for our many faucets and the water that comes out of them so readily -- and hot to boot! 

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into our trip to Guatemala.  (To read my prior post about this trip, please click here.  To read all my posts about our work in Guatemala, click here.)  Tomorrow we visit our three families, and I hope to have more to share.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you will leave me a comment to let me know you were here. I read and treasure every comment and will answer any questions as quickly as I can.


  1. I love how the gratitude shines on the childrens faces! Your daughter is so loving! What an amazing experience this is for all of you! Very generous endeavor! We can never take for granted the richness of our countries!! So happy there is a you!!

    Hugs Giggles

  2. In years past, I have been associated with an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, and the views of the country and the gratitude shown by the happy smiles are much the same, Jessica! I am thrilled that you daughter is sharing this with you!

  3. I went to Guatemala as a child and it has always had a large piece of my heart. These images take me back!

  4. Thank you for sharing your trip, Jessica and Samy.

  5. Look at those faces...., this village is so lucky to have you and your marvelous family.....What a kiddo your girl is, she will grow up to be truly amazing....already is now so I can't wait to see where she goes. xox

  6. what an incredible experience for everyone. Such a heartwarming, kind and loving thing you and your family do for the people of Gutemala.

  7. My heart felt warm to see all the LOVE shared here. HUGS.

  8. Thanks for sharing these... I'm so moved the school exists where before there was such a void. Especially nice about the two hot meals!


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