Project Somos - Guatemala Tour 2018

By: John Cicci & Benson Wu

During Spring Break, a group of 13 students and 2 teachers again travelled to volunteer at Project Somos. Located in Guatemala, Project Somos is a community that provides a safe environment for at-risk mothers and their children to live in. The project gives the mothers the education and skills they need to build a healthy, sustainable future for their children that they otherwise would not have while living in the vicious cycle of poverty in Guatemala. Project Somos aims to equip the mothers with the necessary skills so that they can live independently and not fall victim to the downward spiral of poverty that plagues many in the country.
 
This year, our group did construction work at the project, building a new family house and a bike bath among other things. Additionally, we helped with the kids at the preschool there, teaching English and literacy skills. The trip taught us to be extremely grateful for what we have, and what we do in our world. In comparison to our lives, many families and children in Guatemala live on less then 1 dollar a day. Our experience in Guatemala made us be more aware of how others live in different parts of the world. The entire group recognizes the importance of being a global citizen and the value of service after this trip. Additionally, all of us feel the important need to do everything we can to try and make the world a better place for everyone, especially those impoverished in Guatemala.
 
St. George’s has been volunteering at Project Somos for a decade, returning bi-annually. It is our duty to uphold the outstanding reputation St. George's has at Project Somos. With that being said, our group is raising $6500 that goes directly to the project and families there. We are about halfway there, and we need your help to ensure Project Somos can continue helping children and mothers across Guatemala break the cycle of poverty. If you are able to contribute to our fundraising goal, you can do so by donating online at http://bit.ly/2n69YSI. All of the funds received will be donated directly to Project Somos and every donation can make a difference. If you are interested in Project Somos and would like to find out more, you can visit their website at http://projectsomos.org/. Everyone at Project Somos and St. George's is extremely thankful to those who donate, and for those who already have, your contributions are greatly appreciated, and are benefitting families in Guatemala working to break the cycle of poverty.
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