A community of 12,000 people, most of whom are children, live and work in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump. They are derogatorily called scavengers by the locals as they sustain themselves by picking through the trash in hopes of finding food to eat, materials to build their houses, and bits of refuse that they can sell for pennies. Most of them live on less than $5.00 a day. Each summer Beyond the Walls hosts medical clinics, holds youth sports clinics & day camps, distributes food, renovates community centers and builds multiple homes. You will be an integral part of our work to bring light to a dark place and hope to the hopeless.
Through our partnership with Potter's House we are able to provide hundreds of students and families with the vital nutrition they need to excel in school and at home.
We sponsor the education of hundreds of students in places where schooling often ends in 3rd grade. Our students regularly graduate HS prepared for University.
In rural parts of Chiquimula, where there is no source of safe, clean, and reliable drinking water we build wells to support communities, children, and families.
Through our medical missions we have treated thousands of patients from Guatemala City to rural Chiquimula and the Western Highlands.
There will be over 100 Beyond the Walls volunteers from all over the United States making the trip this year. For some, it will be their first trip, and for others their twentieth! Our team members come from New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Florida and Illinois – ranging in age from 18 to 83.
We have been partnering with Potter’s House Association for over a decade. PHA is an organization based in Guatemala that has been dedicated to seeking justice for the poor since 1986. Less than 50 yards from the dump, PHA has been working for over 30 years to equip the community for life beyond the garbage through education, micro-enterprise, personal development, community support, and health care programs.
The first impression is pretty shocking. It's one of those experiences where, no matter how many people have tried to prepare you for it - you get here and see for yourself and it's worse than you imagined. But the more time I spend here, the more I can see we are really making an impact with the people and the community.