Since 2005, St. Peter’s has had a partnership with The Canterbury School in Guatemala City, a school of 175 students enrolled from preschool through sixth grade, many of whom could not afford to attend school without our support.
Each year we send a group down to the school, to continue our friendship with the children and teachers and to complete a project to improve the school. Service projects have included the planting of more than 200 trees, painting the entire school (inside and out), planting a vegetable garden, and updating old playground equipment. During the past few years, St. Peter’s has funded a computer lab, audiovisual equipment, musical instruments, new bathrooms and new flooring, windows and electricity for its second floor classrooms. A group from St. Peter’s Church most recently visited The Canterbury School in August 2014.
St. Peter’s supports The Canterbury School through both donations and the sale of crafts and Juan-Ana Coffee, which St. Peter’s purchases from The St. Lucas Mission in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. Exclusive of shipping costs, all of the money raised is returned to Guatemala to support the growers, the packers and The Canterbury School.
UPDATE ON 2015 TRIP:
The dates for this year’s partnership trip to the Canterbury School in Guatemala City are from August 9-17 (including travel days).
The purpose of the trip is to build relationships with the teachers and students of the Canterbury School in Guatemala City. This year we plan to spend time in the classrooms with the students and playing sports with them during non-class time. Then we plan to travel to San Lucas Mission on Lake Atitlan and work on projects in solidarity with the Guatemalans.
The cost is about $1200-$1500 including lodging with breakfast, ground transportation, and airfare. Other meals are extra. The deadline for a decision is May 15. By that time, a non-refundable deposit of $500 is required. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian.
In order to allow more people to have this experience, we ask that if you’ve participated in the trip two or more times, you not participate this year.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact the Reverend Claire Nevin-Field, or either of the Guatemala Committee co-chairs: Hannah Poole or Barbara Tobin. Once we know who is participating, we will have an informational meeting.