Foundation is building churches, schools and infirmaries to meet the greatest needs
In March my latest travel led me to Guatemala and Mexico. From March 7 to 17 I visited the poorest of the poor in Guatemala and the border area to Mexico accompanied by a dear sponsor, Lucy Aksal.
We have traveled thousands of miles in these 14 days and have experienced and seen a lot, which I would like to briefly report here.
In Guatemala, Bishop Jakob Eduardo welcomed us. In his jeep he drove us through the country, and in this way visited his faithful as the good shepherd did with his lost sheep.
For the very faithful Guatemalans it is of great importance to have a place where they can pray, church buildings, where they can gather and strengthen their sense of belonging together. But there is also a dire need for schools and hospitals.
You have to imagine life out there where people are living on the pure soil of their poor huts, no running water and no electricity in Central America!
A big problem is illiteracy, in one village for example, there was only a 10-year-old girl who could read. Pregnant women who have difficulties with confinement die because of lack of medical assistance. Midwives and nurses only come where there are medical facilities.
For these projects, schools and infirmaries, the community members in Guatemala do not donate. They focus on the construction of churches that allow them to gather and live their Christian faith. There are currently 15 projects, including 3 schools and 2 hospitals, which we started in July 2016 and are already completed.
The Hatune Foundation wants to financially support the construction of other hospitals and schools as well as the construction of churches. The Archbishop of Central America, Yacub Eduardo Aguirre Oestmann explicitly supports the projects of the Hatune Foundation on the construction of churches, schools and hospitals and recognizes the legitimacy of the Foundation.
Below is the original document of the Archbishop’s recommendation.
In Mexico, the infrastructure is a little better than in the neighboring country of Guatemala. People look better nourished, but they are also lacking churches, health stations and schools, especially in the border area. The existing churches have a size of between 180 and 600 m2 and the parishioners have a partial membership of 25,000.
The Hatune Foundation will also undertake aid projects for the construction of churches, schools and hospitals here.
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