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International Justice

It’s a big world and we want to be a part of it. Each of our international projects is in partnership with someone locally on the ground. We seek to be a good friend and partner, providing resources and encouragement and working together to bless our world. Want to get involved? Look for a contact and reach out to them, they would love to hear from you.

Guatemala Habitat Project: small change, giant leap >>

Go beyond Bend to San Lucas Tolimån, a Guatemalan town on the southern shore of lake Atitlan. The Guatemala Habitat Project Video, a five-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity International focuses on building smokeless stoves, upgrading existing shacks to healthy dwellings, building simple and decent housing, sponsoring scholars, taking two or three trips a year to San Lucas Toliman and helping others to develop their own Guatemala Mission Program. Contact Sue Nell Phillips at [email protected]. Upcoming trips >>

San Lucas Toliman (SLT) Scholars Program

Our Guatemala outreach includes working with the SLT Scholars program. The government just provides free education through the sixth grade. Our goal is to see that every eligible child in the San Lucas Toliman area has the opportunity to continue their education at least through junior high (7 – 9th grades). Members and friends of First Presbyterian Church are currently sponsoring about 175 students. Our Frequently Answered Questions provide information on how to sponsor a student.

Bolivia: Joining Hands Bolivia

Through Cascades Presbytery and the Presbyterian Hunger Program, First Presbyterian is partnered with UMAVIDA a network of churches and NGOs in Bolivia working to eliminate the causes of poverty and pollution in Bolivia. Contact Brad and Ali Kent at [email protected].

Burundi: A Partnership with African Road and ASSEJEBA (Hope for Batwa Youth)

An outreach to help create a sustainable future for Batwa people in the small east African country of Burundi.  We are working with African Road and ASSEJEBA to come along side Batwa in three villages.  Adults are now recognized citizens with ID cards giving them access to basic rights and through ongoing agriculture and education projects, parents are now able to feed their families and children are attending school. This is a journey toward hope, empowerment, dignity and long term sustainability. Learn more here >> Contact Maggie Hanson, [email protected] or Jacquie Coe at [email protected].

Syria

The work of the First Pres Syria team >>

Peace & Justice Team

A team of volunteers organizing opportunities to pursue peace and justice in our world. They meet the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30p in the First Presbyterian Church Library. Contact Janet Whitney at [email protected]