This past March, members of our organization were blessed to visit Guatemala with Compassion International. Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that works to uplift children out of extreme poverty by providing long-term care. They give children life-saving opportunities to attend school, receive medical care, access nourishing food, live in a safe environment, and hear the gospel.
Our mission, “We sell to help,” is based on our commitment to helping people in need through charitable giving. More than 15% of net profits are donated to non-profit, charitable organizations like Compassion International.
Members of our organization visited several survival centers in Guatemala and spent time with kids and families in need. They experienced firsthand the difference Compassion International makes in these communities' lives. We gathered questions to ask one of our members about her experience.
Tell me about the people you met.
“So many great and inspiring people. People whose whole lives have changed due to Compassion's work in their communities. People who have taken the knowledge and skills they have learned and applied it to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. For instance, we met a young mom who went through the child survival program (her son is now a healthy and curious 2-year-old) who learned through Compassion how to make soaps and chocolates, how to market them, and how to sell them. She is now helping to support her family in a meaningful way.”
What surprised you about the culture?
“Just how joyful and welcoming everyone is. They have such pride in their country and culture with strong ties to their history.”
Were there any difficult moments?
“Seeing the abject poverty that many of the people live in.”
What was your favorite part?
“Witnessing how people are able to overcome even the most difficult of situations and events.”
How do you want to remember this experience moving forward?
“I want to remember the feeling of respect for their strength and perseverance. I especially want to remember this when I face my own difficult times.”
Any other comments/memories/experiences from Guatemala?
Such a great experience! Seeing a different world really puts your own in perspective. If anyone ever has a chance for a trip like this, I highly recommend. Compassion really does some great work, with the goal of not just helping people for now, but helping them set up for a future that continues to grow through the generations.
Our owner shared his thoughts while in Guatemala as well as meaningful quotes. “World Vision says, "Poverty is not just a material condition, it's a lack of choice, a lack of access to opportunities, a lack of voice." Seeing all the needs in Guatemala it reminded me of a quote I heard... I cannot make a difference in this world with so many needs, but I can make a world of difference in one person's life. Please consider sponsoring a Compassion child for only about $40 a month, where you can make a world of difference.”
The Guatemalan community welcomed our team with friendly open arms. They are so thankful for the services and support Compassion International provides.