• Educational Support

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    There are over 150 children in our education program all of whom require sponsorship. A child can be sponsored for just $15 a month, just $160 a year! This provides their schools supplies, supplements to their families and gives us the chance give in other ministry areas. Click on our Educational Support Link for more information on the students!
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  • Water Safety

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    We are installing bi-sand filters in Barrio la Cruz. They remove over 98% of bacteria and 100% of parasites. Dehydration from diarrhea is a leading cause of death among young children. We are slowing training the families in the importance of water safety and clean water and using this as a way share the gospel. A water filter can be purchased for about $30 and the family is involved in making the filter and learning how to use and maintain it.
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  • Fire / Stove Safety

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    Women in Barrio la Cruz cook using an open flame and often in areas that are low to the ground and in enclosed area. This causes many accidents, health problems and other risk for the families. These stoves produce high levels of carbon monoxide and the women get many respiratory infections and small children often fall into these low flames. We are installing safe, wood burning, efficient stoves. They use less wood, have a chimney, and are more efficient for the women and children. We have installed 4 stoves and hope to install several stoves a year.
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About Barrio la Cruz

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.

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OUR MISSION

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.

OUR VISION

I tell you the truth, whatever you do for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.’” 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.

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