I became involved with PaP after I stumbled across the website while researching an upcoming vacation in Guatemala. The more I learned about the organization, the more I knew I wanted to help them make a difference. I've seen with my own eyes the important work that Pueblo a Pueblo is doing, and I strongly believe in its community-based, secular approach to helping indigenous Guatemalans to improve their own lives.
Pueblo a Pueblo focuses on education, health, and nutrition - three critical areas in helping today's children to break free of the poverty that has gripped their families and community for generations - and over the past several years I've witnessed the impact of their programs: I've seen the children hungrily line up for PaP's school lunches; I've watched kids learning how to grow healthy food in their school gardens; and I've seen children sitting in rapt attention during story time at the library. I've also heard about one of my favorite programs - Mother-Child Health - where moms receive pre- and post-natal care, their babies receive checkups and vaccinations, and parents attend monthly sessions on parenting and family planning.
I guess what has meant the most to me, however, is meeting my sponsored child and his mom when I visited in 2010. I was nervous about the language differences but I found that smiles know know language boundaries. But while the smiles warmed my heart, what really showed me the effect of PaP's work were the grateful tears in his mother's eyes as she asked the translator to tell me how much the ability for her son to go to school meant to her. It still grips my heart just writing about it.
I am now a board member and know the organization from the inside out, and it has only increased my respect and admiration for the organization and its owrk. I can honestly say that Pueblo a Pueblo is making a difference in the lives of the children and the communities where they work. I am proud to have a small part in making that difference.