Guatemala 2019 – Memories

The Team arrived back at Lourdes on Thursday evening with tired bodies, smiles and MANY stories to tell. A week ago we were anxious and wondering what the days would hold, now they’re memories – memories that change lives.  

Guatemala 2019 – Take-aways

Day #7 Our time at the valley is coming to an end and it is bittersweet. I expected to spend time with the children and build bonds with them. However, I learned so much from them and they inspired me more than ever. They welcomed me with so much love and care that I felt … Continued

Guatemala 2019 – Meeting Families

Day #5 Today we travelled to Mano Amiga and gave food, including corn flour, sugar, beans, and protein power. We split into two different groups and visited ten different families. Some families were very sharing with their stories. One woman had a brother that was 27 years old and diagnosed with testicular cancer and is … Continued

Guatemala 2019 – Meeting the People

Day #4 The community here consists of over 200 boys and girls with an age range of 6 years old to 19 years old. The Valley runs so well like a well-oiled machine. The selflessness and teamwork is the most amazing thing I have seen. When it comes to showers, morning/bedtime routines, meals, and their … Continued

Guatemala 2019 – Introduction to Valley

Day #2 Yesterday (Friday) we ventured out into the downtown area of Guatemala City to hand out food to the members of the community. The project they were hosting was so much like Campus Ministry Labre! It was a joy to see a Lourdes tradition in another country. Yet, the sights we saw were devastating … Continued

Guatemala 2019 – Departure and Settling In

What were you up to on Thursday morning at 3 am? The Lourdes Guatemala Team was gathering to load up the shuttle and head to Detroit Metro Airport. The long-awaited trip to Valley of the Angels Children’s Home in Guatemala City was FINALLY here! Even the early hours didn’t dampen their spirits. The Team members … Continued

Guatemala 2018: Looking Back on the Week

– by Laureen Knueven Here we are, the end of the week. As I sit here typing this blog in the Salon at the Valley my heart melts thinking about leaving these children, this experience and this time away from my normal routine. So much is going on in my mind right now and it … Continued

Guatemala 2018: Tuesday – A Day in Antigua

– by Anna Zofchak Today was a very nice break for the group. We were able to visit Antigua for the day.  During this time we put aside many of the harsh things that we have seen and experienced during this week.  I sometimes feel that we, myself included, forget that in a short amount of time … Continued

Guatemala 2018 – Language Beyond Words

– by Savanna Wilson Today was beautiful- not too much rain, not too much sun, not too much wind. Although this detail is minute in the grand scheme of things it made for the perfect weather to get outside and interact with the children, (mostly the girls). I find it so interesting how certain children … Continued