6 results for month: 05/2016


What Happens Behind the Walls

There has been a lot to do during this half year in the Administrative/Financial Department. Due to the organizational growth of CMT Guatemala, our work has grown as well. Now, we have more accounting responsibilities, more reports to fill and present and new policies to implement. The initiatives and programs that CMT helps nurture and develop have a ton of work in logistics, accountability, social media, etc. Also, our database is changing constantly. We thank God for having people who love what they do in every position. For example, "Carmencita", as she likes to be called, helps in updating the data base; lately, she has been working in the ...

STREET PSALMS INITIATIVE

"The reality of surviving the streets of Guatemala City begins when a kid leaves his home in order to change his way of living; and it so happens that the new reality becomes a nightmare".  - Héctor Pérez I was called to serve God into the Spirit dance when I heard what was said in Zechariah 8,5: "The city parks will be filled with boys and girls. They will play in the city's open parks". And there is where my journey begins: A journey that has allowed me to see other people interested in helping street kids, as well as see those kids who haven't been able to change that nightmare. I asked myself, "What is wrong with this?"; and the answer ...

TOUGH CONVERSATIONS

How difficult is to talk about sex in our context? How to create/facilitate a space to have those kinds of conversations? Who dares to bring those issues to the table? And... What for? It is very difficult; but also possible after time spent together. Local Pastors and Chaplains dared to bring experiences heard and treated to a table of trust and friendship. What for? For the sake of the people they served! This past week, a group of local leaders, Pastors, human beings, who love and serve the people they live with, experienced one of the most amazing retreats they probably ever had. The topic at the retreat was "Sexual Abuse: What is it, Why ...

Story of a Landslide

By Hector (Fito) Sandoval For many years I have seen and walked alongside the tangible need that is both seen and smelled in my community, a community where only a few steps are necessary to become starkly aware that you are not in just any community in Guatemala City. A few days ago I was asked to write about the recent events that took place in Zone 3 of Guatemala City. For that reason, I have taken this space to process much of what I experienced over the past week in the communities bordering the city dump. Wednesday, April 27 is a date that I will never forget. The memories from that day are like a scar that cannot be erased. During the ...

Historia de un Deslave

Por: Hector (Fito) Sandoval Por muchos años he visto y he caminado junto a la necesidad que se huele y observa en mi comunidad. Una comunidad que con tan solo dar unos pasos dentro de ella uno sabe que no es un lugar como cualquier otro en mi ciudad. Hace un par de días me pidieron escribir sobre los últimos acontecimientos sucedidos en la zona 3 de la Ciudad de Guatemala. Por esta razón, he tomado este espacio para procesar mucho de lo que experimenté en la última semana en las comunidades aledañas al relleno sanitario. El miércoles 27 de abril será una fecha que quedará grabada en mi memoria porque los recuerdos quedarán como ...

“Synergy” insights and inspirations

A year has passed since we developed the first “Synergy” meeting. Back in February 2015, after many conversations with some Guatemalan friends, we decided to invite a group of Medical Doctors to a meeting that was supposed to generate trust and create the space for future work in collaboration. The meeting went well; interestingly, caught the attention of some global leaders too, who -by the way- were part of a vision trip at that time. Then, in November we pulled together a bigger event under the same idea: Generate trust and find viable strategies for urban transformation. Here, you will find some more information about that event: http://cmt...