Yesterday, eleven intrepid and curious travelers landed in Guatemala City to partake on our annual Learning Journey. Traveling from across the United States and as far away as Japan, these individuals all have their own story and each of them takes a unique interest in our work. They are teachers and literacy specialists, accountants, researchers, students, and parents. And they each committed to give one week of their time to witness our impact and explore our work.
After flying into Guatemala city and we traveled to the historic town of Antigua where we settled in for the night. We woke up this morning to warm, muggy weather, tropical flowers, and cobble stone streets. Over the course of the day we took our first delightful bites of pure corn masa tortillas that can be found nowhere but here. While we fell in love with impressive volcanoes around every corner, lush tropical vegetation and flowers, Sue Patterson (founder of WINGS who has lived in Guatemala for 20 years) shared the underlying realities of the broken political, health, educational and social systems that keep Guatemala mired in poverty. And are excited to see the hope that exists in the lives of communities where Reading Village works.