We are John and Vicki Peterkins. We live in Pennsylvania and are the parents of three amazing children.
I started going to Guatemala in 2015 and instantly fell in love with the country and it’s people. I have made many trips back including leading two teams with John and our daughter Samantha. My son Chris joined us on a recent trip.
We are passionate about helping the children and staff at El Amor de Patricia children’s home. We also love serving in the village of Yalu.
Yalu is a very impoverished village and in desperate need of help. We have delivered bunk beds, water filters, stoves and food to many of the families that live there. One of our greatest interests is providing education to the families in Yalu. Many children have to leave school early in their childhood to help work for their families. We strongly feel that education will help these children have a future filled with hope and opportunities for better jobs. They will have a chance to improve their impoverished lives.
The new school in Yalu has been built. Several women from the village are the first students attending classes there. Many of these women have never had a formal education and they don’t have many options in their life. Their role in society is limited to looking after their husbands and children. These women have shown courage to say they want to be educated and are determined to improve their lives and that of their families.
While the moms are in class the school runs a preschool for their children. The staff at El Amor is providing this right now. On top of running the Hogar and dealing with all those children having to attend school virtually, doing bi monthly food deliveries to Yalu, they have taken on this as well.
I will be traveling to Guatemala at the end of May. I would like to raise funds to help this new school. I would like to be able to provide funds for a computer, educational learning toys for the kids, school supplies and vitamins for the children.
I would also like to raise funds for food that I can give out whenever I see someone in need. COVID has hit this county hard and many people have lost their jobs and have no resources to buy food.
Our family would be so grateful for any support you can give.