Education: Leadership Development Program
CANDELARIA AND GREGORIO GARCIA, OUR PARTNERS IN PANAJACHEL, ARE SELF-MADE ENTREPRENEURS. THEY BOTH GREW UP IN POVERTY IN THE VILLAGES NEAR PANAJACHEL, SPEAKING KAKCHIQUEL, THE MAYAN DIALECT.
Candelaria and Gregorio own a Spanish School, and in their spare time, they have an exceptional talent for finding 13-year-old economic dropouts from rural villages, then training and refining them into talented, multi-lingual, confident, 18-year-old entrepreneurs. They are developing 27 teenagers in their intensive leadership development program, including school tuition and leadership coaching.
See their vision:
Those teenagers are expected to practice leadership immediately, by teaching younger children in their communities, in Saturday-morning literacy tutorials, helping them with Spanish, mathematics, reading, and English.
ENGLISH HOUSE is a 2.5 month immersion program that engages these students in a full-time learning environment during their summer break. They will live full-time with two families: Dave & Dinea McDonald, and Chris & Laura Wiens, along with all their kids. We will be teaching English, family values, Christian discipleship, and life skills. The greatest strength of English House is the life-on-life model of ministry. This year, the program runs from mid-October – the end of December.
If you would like to contribute to the program, you can donate on line here, or mail a check to the MMF office:
English House – Guatemala