The Rotary Club of Hanford is dedicated to humanitarian work and for more than seven-years it has been taking a trip of a lifetime. A group of Rotarians from the central valley have visited Guatemala where they've helped clean-up and educate the indigenous people there. Now the Rotarians are getting ready for their next project.
Here to tell us all about the trip and the work they do is Rotarian and Director of the Guatemala Education Project Jena Maciel.
The Guatemala Project was started by the Rotary Club of Hanford in 2007 and has grown to a bi-annual trip, represented by various Rotary clubs in central California.
This humanitarian work addresses the needs of an indigenous population living in northern Guatemala. This Mayan community suffered horrific atrocities during the country’s 36-year civil war that ended in 1996.
Despite some progress, they continue to face intense discrimination and live in grinding poverty. Malnutrition and illiteracy represent some of their biggest problems. In fact, Guatemala has the lowest life expectancy and highest infant mortality rate in all of Central America.
Over the last 7 years, we have completed a variety of projects in education, health and sanitation. All our traveling team volunteers are self-funded and 100% of all donations go directly to the project. Our next project trip is scheduled for Nov. of 2013.