Methodists helping children to go to school

By Leah Smith in Community News

Trinity Westfield and Radstock Methodists, families and friends have raised a marvellous total of £370 in jam jars in only six months to help with the running of a school in Alotenango, Guatemala.

Two years ago, Trinity member, Sharn, went with a team to this school through the organisation Latin Link and with the help of members and friends of Trinity, has

continued to support these children and their teachers.

The school is run by Pastor Juan Manuel and a few teachers, accommodating hundreds of children, many who find it difficult to stay at school a full day due to family work commitments. This year, for the first time, they are taking six-year-olds, normally the starting age is seven years, due to having no facility for looking after the young. Teenagers from fifteen years upwards tend to study only on Sundays because of working on the surrounding landscape Monday to Saturdays. Food breaks are funded as many were coming unfed or undernourished.

Trinity will continue to support the school through the Jam Jar scheme and will be collecting at the end of October. Anyone wishing to know more, please contact Sharn on: 413604 or email: With grateful thanks on

behalf of the children of Hope of Life Association.