Friday, June 21, 2013

Notes from Guatemala

On our first day here, it was wonderful to reunite with some of our friends at From Houses to Homes.   This wonderful organization is currently building it's 658th home, replacing shacks (made out of cornstalk and lined with plastic garbage bags) with sturdy cinderblock homes. 
On Wednesday, we walked around Antigua, soaking in the sights and sounds of this lovely city, full of color and texture.

It's a little like the wild west here, with children riding around on motor bikes and scooters without helmets -- sometimes 3 at a time...

Even the corrrugated tin used to board up damaged buildings is beautiful!

In the Parque Central, there are lots of opportunities for people watching and picture taking.  (Even the youngest child will ask you for $1 to take a photo, as the women and children who spend their days vending in the park are very poor.)

Children walk around unsupervised in a way completely unknown to us in the United States.  Like this group we met up with.  Both the older boy and older girl had babies on their backs, and were seemingly on their own.

Yesterday we spent the morning at Cambiando Vidas, a school that From Houses to Homes helped build.  It was so wonderful to see children, who would not have had the opportunity to attend school, so excited about learning.  They use the Montessori method, and are in need of Montessori type supplies.  So if you have a connection, please contact them!

I'll be back tomorrow with some videos and photos from today's trip to Escuela Kima'oj!

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. Great photographs and great work you are doing!
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Dear Jessica,
    Such beautiful photoes showing your love for those people and the community-
    Such sad lives, in many wayes, and even though they smile their lovely smiles!!
    I wish you and your daughter some happy dayes !!

  3. What wonderful photos! The work you are doing is great and I see how much joy it brings you. Thank you for sharing and I can't wait to see some more pictures!

  4. Their lifestyle is reminiscent of my childhood when kids roamed free in the neighborhood, siblings in tow! Although we always had a cozy house to go home to. Beautiful work you are doing. Thanks for the wonderful photos! The one wall reminds me of a Mary Nasser map art !! Enjoy your visit!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. Jessica.. your heart is so full of giving and sharing. You've taught your daughters what life is all about. A beautiful trip. Amazing about the kids just walking around unsupervised.

  6. Thank you for letting us participate on your visit to Guatemala! These are very impressing photos. The people seem to be happy even if they have much less than we do. Thank you for your great work over there!

  7. Its like seeing through your eyes on this incredible journey....thank you so much, let me be part of that great adventure...I love to travel so much and can´t wait to start in september...wish you lots more exciting days ♥ Conny

  8. Jessica, I love following you to Guatemala again :). I feel humbled and moving with all the kindness in the world and you have the sweetest heart to share your love with them, especially the kids :). Beautiful country, beautiful nation.

  9. I really enjoyed catching up your trip. Such gorgeous photos... love all the bright colors. That last photo of Samy with the woman embracing her gave me a chill... what an amazing shot!


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