Small Gifts Big Blessings

We’ve all got that one person on our list this season who’s just impossible to shop for so why not give them a blessing? During the Supporter’s Gathering and planning meeting in Guatemala this year a couple visiting the school for the first time joined us.  During the planning meeting seasoned supporters and staff were…

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GRACES launches new film— ‘Day in the Life: Eli’s Story’

Eli rides his bike 4.6 miles to and from Escuela Integrada. He traverses steep mountainsides and busy streets to get to school each day. The new Escuela Integrada film follows his daily experience.

 Earlier this summer, GRACES’ film crew captured the everyday obstacles faced by students and families who attend Escuela Integrada. The short documentary features Eli (14), a 7th grade student at Escuela Integrada, and first premiered at the Quetzal Gala in September 2018. Two of Eli’s siblings, Gladis (16) and Evelyn (12), also attend Escuela…

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Help us ‘Double the Love’ before the end of July

Did you know that the kids at Escuela Integrada are in school in June and July? Their academic year runs from January to October, with graduation following in November. Unfortunately, donations are not as strong during the summer months, and the students of Escuela Integrada need your support. “After learning about what the school is…

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Get to know the interns, Juliana Anderson and Piper Mik

This summer, Juliana Anderson and Piper Mik are serving as interns at Escuela Integrada. The young women are helping with English language instruction, technology and general needs at the school, including refurbishing the library. We sat down with them to find out about their experience. Juliana Anderson, 18 Hometown: Salisbury, North Carolina School: University of…

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FUMC celebrates friendship through VBS, teacher appreciation day

The family mission team from First United Methodist Church (FUMC) celebrated the theme of friendship during this summer’s Vacation Bible School and teacher appreciation day. The FUMC team led students, families and teachers in activities that illustrated friendship with one another and friendship with God.   “We are all connected,” said Kelly Junk, trip leader…

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IMR medical team provides exams, medicine, health education for 199 patients

On Monday, June 25, International Medical Relief (IMR) brought a team of 30 doctors and nurses to Escuela Integrada to provide wellness checks, health education and comprehensive exams for those with presenting ailments. The doctors included a physical therapist, ophthalmologist, gynecologist, foot specialist and pediatrician among other specializations. IMR provided the clinics to Escuela Integrada…

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