September 29, 2011
What moves me so about Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI) is how responsive the organization is to the needs of the students and families it serves. This responsiveness is possible only through a deep understanding of the culture and history of the people in the Guatemalan highlands communities. The students are not only given a chance to attend school, but they are also supported and nurtured through “wrap-around” services (counseling, tutoring, a new public library, developing wage-earning skills, etc.) that make staying in school work for them. I am a volunteer videographer who has interviewed some of LHI’s students and their parents. What moves me is the students’ dream of becoming able to transform their families and their communities -- to evolve from malnutrition and subsistence agriculture to a place with a cadre of educated, able young people. The students are doing the work; LHI is providing essential supports. The students’ parents confirm that they never had a chance to learn to read or write, and that their childhoods were spent trying to survive the civil war. LHI is bringing hope and possibility to a place that really needs it, a place so linguistically and geographically isolated that few other organizations have been willing to work there.