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Spring break is coming up quick, and though many students are getting ready for fun on the beach, six Evangel students are hoping to make a difference in another country. KSMU's Royal Yates reports.
One of the six students who is heading to Guatemala over spring break is Jochebed Garcia.“I just couldn’t find a better way to spend my break [than] to go help and actually make a difference and know that during my free time, when I could have been spending it at the beach or something, I’m going down there and changing the life of a family who now can sustain themselves,” Garcia said.Evangel’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team will be joining Convoy of Hope and Guatemala’s Teen Challenge March 5-14th. They will teach people in Guatemala City how to combat the national food crisis that was recently announced by the government. Along with gardening, members of the SIFE team will be teaching the people in Guatemala City about marketing techniques, building resumes, and other necessary business tips that could help them in the job market.Dr. Mark Maynard, Evangel's faculty advisor for the team, says this trip has been a long time coming.“Several months ago, we contacted an individual from South America and said ‘What is the greatest need you have in the whole continent of South America?’ They said that right now Guatemala is the most desperate country as far as food is concerned. That was before the Haiti situation, and here we are! 41,000 pounds of food headed down that way – meals for 270,000,” said Maynard.In addition to the donated food, the team will be bringing computers to update the ones that are available to the community now. That will give the people of Guatemala City a learning tool that was not available to them before. The SIFE team will also bring supplies for several families to start their own gardens and make food production an ongoing process in their community. While there, the team hopes to equip their partner organization, SIFE Guatemala, with whatever it needs to create the possibility of a sustainable future.For KSMU News, I’m Royal Yates.