Hearing about some of the massive issues affecting our world today can be overwhelming. Knowing that 12 million girls each year are married before they turn 18 [source], or that the amount of carbon dioxide currently in the atmosphere is about 30% higher than at any point in history [source] can be paralyzing.

But don’t be paralyzed. The Gospel reminds us that there’s reason for hope. Even in the midst of death, God brings new life. And God calls us to participate in healing our broken world.

How Can I Help?

This October and November, you can give of your time to help 150 girls in Guatemala avoid child marriage and replant the cloud forest.

We’re looking for one or two volunteers who can spend 25 or 50 days volunteering with our partner, CCFC, in Guatemala.

This fall CCFC will be hosting two sessions of the Women in Agroecology Leadership for Conservation (WALC) program, serving 150 young Q’eqchi’ Maya women in each session.

While the staff at CCFC (including a number of Q’eqchi’ women who have participated in the past) lead all the educational sessions themselves, it’s a big task for the small staff.

One or two volunteers for each session are needed to help things run smoothly.

When am I needed?

  • Session one: October 21 to November 14 (greatest need for volunteers)     
  • Session two: November 15 to December 9

It’s important to commit to the entire 25 days of at least one session.

Are you at a point in life where you can commit to this time, or do you know anyone who is? Please pass the word!

What does it cost?

Volunteers will be responsible for their own airfare, in-country travel costs and on-campus room and board. One month of room and board at CCFC is $610.

LPGM can help help you raise your own support by providing you with an online form to make tax deductible contributions to help cover trip expenses.

What difference will it make?

Education is one of the most powerful tools we can give young women. Girls who attend secondary school are three times less likely to be child brides, and the graduates of the WALC program go from a 75% to a 4% school drop-out rate.

Just ask Norma what WALC means to her…

And for every dollar invested in education, ten dollars are generated in earning and health benefits for students in low-income countries.

The young women who participate in WALC learn principles and practices of agroecology, reforestation and other important life skills that they can bring back to their homes and villages, passing the knowledge on to their families.

When it comes to climate change, a recent study, reported in the New York Times, demonstrates that reforestation could “put a break on global warming.” And a team of 200 scientists and researchers have named girls’ education as #6 on the list of solutions to today’s climate change crisis.

Your support is needed.

Sign me up!

If you’re interested in volunteering at WALC this year, please contact Mary Peterson at mary@lutheranpartners.org, or 612.806.0732.

I can’t volunteer, but still want to help

If you cannot volunteer, but still want to help, you can provide a scholarship for a WALC student.

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