A LITTLE HISTORY
PIES means “feet” in Spanish! We are taking steps towards a brighter future and development in poverty stricken areas throughout Central and South America. Currently, one of our focal points is the Petén jungle of Guatemala where the PIES program covers a full primary, secondary and vocational education. Our motto is “Better education and Better nutrition for a Better Life!”
PIES began as an educational incentive for success. It all started because of the extreme poverty we saw in remote parts of Guatemala. In 1999 we opened a small jungle school with 15 students who came on foot. Some walking over 2.5 hours each way. It was necessary to give incentives like backpacks, shoes and books so that parents would allow their children to come to school. Most parents at that time could not read or write.
Because they didn’t have an education themselves, they didn’t know what their children were missing. After more than a decade the level of appreciation has greatly risen, parents are taking an interest in the school and valuing education for the future of their children. Sponsors are making this change possible!
The Jungle School has grown from the original 15 children who came walking, to over 250 today who ride buses. PIES has developed programs that today impact children in Latin America. Educating this young generation has untold benefits and together we are seeing history in the making.
Teach the life changing Word of God, and put Christ at the center of all we do.
Give children the best academic education possible in their setting.
Enhace the nutrition of the children in our programs.
Improve healthcare in the regions where P.I.E.S. is working.
Educate adults in the villages as to the importance of children and practical ways to care for their spiritual, emotional and physical needs.
Encourage and build healthy, life giving relationships between children and their sponsors through letter writing, visits, photos, art projects and gifts.
Make clean water accessible in the regions where P.I.E.S. is working.
Treat our sponsors as friends, with the utmost respect, by promptly responding to questions, comments or concerns.
Be financially accountable to use the money given to P.I.E.S. in ways that have been promised; providing education, transportation, nutritious meals, health care, clothing, school supplies, competent teachers, excursions and resources. A small amount of P.I.E.S. money is used for administrative purposes allowing sponsors to receive P.I.E.S. news and information about their children.