We sat in a circle of plastic chairs, enjoying a respite from the scorching Guatemalan sun in shade of a wooden building. Dogs and chickens ambled around the yard. Just outside of our circle of chairs, two boys were climbing a tree and laughing.

“How beautiful it is to live among the trees,”...

"We don't want anyone to carry us on their back, we just want someone to walk with us."

We visited two remarkable healthcare ministries today.
 
The first was a clinic. Rather than building hospitals and staffing them with western doctors, World Renew trains local healthcare volunteers trusted by the community who are able to connect pregnant women and mothers...

It's been over three months since I left home for the beautiful, culturally-rich country of Guatemala. These past months have been a roller coaster, but as for recent news, Bethany and I finished our Spanish language training last month (and went through our third school graduation) and I started working with World Renew two weeks ago. In my time here, and especially in my time at the Spanish school, I've made new friends, learned millions of different words in Spanish...

Today we walked to the World Renew office located within walking distance of the Double Leaf Boutique Hotel where we are staying.  There we learned a bit about the Khmer language and culture.  We were led by two engaging facilitators from Gateway to Khmer. We found out that it is common in Cambodia to ask one's age.  The reason for this question is that greetings vary for different ages.  What is perceived as rudeness in North America is actually a...

Water

Water from a World Renew borehole serves a community of several thousand. This means that a school has access to clean drinking water and is able to irrigate a vegetable garden, the produce from which is used to make healthy meals. Because water is accessible, students and teachers do not need to take long breaks during academic hours to travel to fetch water, but are able...

Blog Post – Trip to Linguère

Last week, we went to Linguère, which is a 6-hour drive away from Dakar. For more details about Linguère, see our previous blog post when we traveled there the first time: http://volunteerblog.worldrenew.net/current-volunteers/davidandjessica/fatick-linguere

This time, we went with Gidéon, one of the World Renew staff who is able to drive standard as well as translate, to Linguère for...

Tailoring Success

We visited ACHAMA's third site today. The visit began with a walk through the communities we hear about and see so often in the news: life on a dollar a day. It's where many of the ACHAMA girls' lives begin. At the site, a group of girls are acquiring tailoring skills using sewing machines donated by World Renew. At the moment, they are busy working to fill a significantly large order...

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