The Institute's response to Hurricane Eta
11.17.2020: Hurricane Eta toppled trees, destroyed bridges, washed out roadways and created mudslides severe enough to bury the village of Queja, located in the central Guatemalan region of Alta Verapaz. Even though the Red Cross has called the situation in the region a "major humanitarian crisis", aid response has been extremely slow and communities left to fend for themselves.
On November 13th, the Institute arrived with food and cleaning supplies for hurting families. The Institute places people who care in front of people who need care. Institute partners responded within 12 hours of the news of the crisis and provided the necessary funds for Guatemalan staff to properly respond to the need. We purchased food and cleaning supplies from local markets. Local groups (military response and community groups) were organized to package the aid. The mayor of the community then arranged the transportation to allow us to reach the hurting and deliver the aid.
Photos from the relief response:
Hernando arrives in Budapest!
10.03.2020: God's direction for Hernando is a ministry of discipleship. As the pandemic shuffled and postponed international travel, Hernando never wavered from God's path torelocate to Eastern Europe. Hernano left his home in the United States on August 29th and successfully cleared customs in Budapest, Hungary on August 31st. Read about the adventure and his latest update...
West Africa: Education Provides Hope in a Leprosarium
08.27.2020: In a leprosarium in West Africa, healthy children grow up in poverty, Yes, the children are healthy but live in the colony because one or both parents are victims of leprosy. The sick receive a stipend for food and are provided shelter by the government. Like healthy parents, these parents love thier kids and care for them with the means they have. Global Business Solutions Institute provides educational scholarships for the children confined to the leprosarium. These scholarships ($108 per year) provided clothing for school, books, sandals, and two tutors who come into the colony to reinforce the children's education. These children do well in thier studies, with some having the potential to pass entrance exams to enter college programs. These individuals have been raised among the poorest in a place that actively fights against hope.
Sign up to provide a scholarship at https://gbsinstitute.com/donate-give/
Guatemala: COVID-19 donations provide extended relief to families in need
07.23.2020: The Government of Guatemala has announced that the Covid-19 "State of Calamity" has been extended until August 5. With the majority of income producing activities at a standstill, the families in the areas we serve in the western highlands continue to struggle. Even the weekly market, the street-closing "Super-Walmart" of fresh produce, street vendors and household goods, has become unreliable. When we provided our first wave of relief supplies to hurting families in the highlands, our funds were limited to one distribution. Due to the response of Institute supporters, we have provided three rounds of relief supplies and are scheduled for a forth distribution this week.
Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola prepares for October 2020 medical mission to Guatemala
07.23.2020: Sacred Heart Hospital Pensacola is preparing a medical mission team for the Western Highlands of Guatemala for a October 17, 2020 departure. Sacred Heart's partnership has provided multiple medical teams since 2016 consisting of physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and administrative professionals. These teams serve communities in difficult to reach areas which have little to no access to health care.
An Update from Sagar Sukka on his COVID-19 extended USA visit and his return to India:
Ministry During the Pandemic
06.15.2020: Guatemala's lock down has kept our teams from traveling and our Guatemala staff limited to very little movement within the country. Many of you who are reading this have worked in the western highlands to implement better practices and increase the capacities of communities with the goal of creating truly sustainable solutions to poverty and malnutrition. During the current crisis, our work has moved from development to relief, sending your donations to provide essential supplies to meet the immediate needs of the communities we serve. This week we distributed our second wave of relief supplies on (June 11, 2020).
Introducing Hernando and Katherine Montanta...
We welcome Hernando and Katherine's ministry partnership with the Institute. Heading to Hungary to live out their ministry, thier objective is to help awaken believers in Jesus Christ experience the abundant life that Jesus came to give. Hernando began his discipleship ministry in 2014 and has been active training believers in Cuba, India, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nepal, and Hungary. Hernando and Katherine will become full-time missionaries in August of 2020 and will be based in Hungary which will allow them to serve several countries in Eastern Europe. Learn more about Hernando and Katherine...
Mississippi State University...another great week in the Western Highlands of Guatemala:
For the forth year in a row, MSU students spent their spring break teaching and training Mayan communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Each year these students arrive in Guatemala with a wealth of knowledge from personal farming experience along with what they have learned from their instructors...all mixed with a genuine love for people. This year 20 students continued training over 30 families in rabbit husbandry, training thier student colleagues introduced last year. The families that were trained last year had found success in the raising of rabbits for food and income so they returned for a refresher course in the basics and a new "rabbit 202" course where students provided training in hide tanning and a demonstration of how to make marketable goods like infant booties from a finished hide. A yearly tradition for the students is the end of the week "cattle round-up" where the students put their roping skills to a test to aid local cattle farmers in providing vaccinations for their cows, something these farmers do not have the resources to do.
(this picture is from the round up...no, this cow was not harmed during the vaccination process! And yes, this is a female student handling this cow - Go MSU!)