In a country where the distribution of income remains largely unequal and poverty is prevalent, Guatemala ranks among the worst in Latin America for life expectancy and infant mortality. Nearly twenty years ago, Fairview began a relationship with the people of Chichicastenango which has become a lifelong friendship.
Samaritan Hands has established an orphanage called The Hogar del Nino (The House for Children) near Santa Cruz del Quiche, about 3 hours northwest of Guatemala City. Each year in late May or early June we have taken a construction team to work on building churches and the upkeep of the orphanage. Medical teams set up daily clinics in various parts of the region to meet the needs of those who would otherwise not receive medical care. Another group provides Vacation Bible School for the chidlren each morning and afternoon.
Who should consider going? Individuals who are willing to live in a simple, rustic environment, willing to share God’s love in word and deed, and committed to work together to reach the goals of the team. This trip is a wonderful experience. The children at the orphanage will capture your heart, and it is a place of beauty and wonder.