Paso a Paso has been working in Guatemala for almost 8 years. We have focused our work in the southern part of Guatemala in the department of Sacatepequez in Pastores. We work in a hillside community called Barrio la Cruz. This community of approximately 1500 people, is 25 kilometers from Antigua.
This is a poor community that faces several issues. Most men and women in this community have not completed even a primary level of school and cannot read or write. The average monthly income of families in Barrio la Cruz is about 1500 Q, or $200.
More than 30% of the homes are headed by single mothers; men are often absent or have abandoned the family. These families lack basic necessities like clean water, enclosed stoves and the financial ability to send their children to school and provide a better future for them.
Therefore I command you to be open handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land. Deuteronomy 15:11
As Christians we are called by God to care for those who live in poverty and distress. Our mission at Paso a Paso is to Partner with impoverished communities, sharing the love of Christ, strengthening and building them up, by providing opportunities for people in school, home and work. When men and women can obtain the ability to provide for their families, they can improve their quality of life as well as the future lives of their children. We will come alongside families, single mothers, and those with special needs, to empower them to improve their quality of life.
I tell you the truth, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.â€™â€ Matthew 25:40
To fulfill our misison of partnering with impoverished communities in Central America by proclaiming Christ and providing home, job and school opportunities. We accomplish this by sponsoring children in school, providing water filters and stoves for individual homes, and providing job training and support for adults. As the ministry grows we have begun work on a community resource center to address job training, tutoring, and nutrition needs. When the community has matured they will be encouraged to share their skills and knowledge with other communities.