The Mission of BC4H

Broken Chains for Humanity
5050 Laguna Blvd. Suite 112
Box 426
Elk Grove, CA 95758
 
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OUR FOCUS

The people of Guatemala went through a terrible civil war from 1960 to 1996.  During this time 200,000 Mayans and poor Latinos were murdered, thousands disappeared, and many were tortured beyond description.  The people of Guatemala are still in recovery.

Since 2006 volunteers from the United States have gone on Mission trips to the remote mountains of Jalapa.  The volunteers have held free medical clinics, donated clothing, distributed food, and held Bible seminars.

In 2010 the same volunteers established a 501(c)3 non-profit organization entitled BROKEN CHAINS FOR HUMANITY, INC.   Donations from individuals and businesses are tax deductible.  Our goal is to bring hope and healing to the people of the mountains.

OUR DREAM

Medicine:

For two weeks a year doctors, nurses, and laymen will hold free medical clinics.

Last year we saw 800 patients.  We are planning to make more trips each year.  At the present time, we are fundraising for a 10 year old boy who is in dire need of heart surgery.  He and his family have been told that if does not receive the necessary heart surgery that he likely has less than one year to live.

Food:

Every year boys and girs die from malnutrition in the Jalapa area.  a growing number of families are moving to the Jalapa garbage dump to find things to eat and sell – just to survive.  The boys and girls walk barefoot through the dump on a daily basis looking for food to eat.  Unfortunately, they compete with large pigs, infected dogs, and ravens.  We have handed out hundreds of large food bags to these families as well as to the earthquake and flood victims in this area.

Seminars:

Every trip grace-centered seminars are held each evening, pointing people to a compassionate God who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall  have everlasting life. (John 3:16).

Medical Clinics:

We are accepting pre-owned ambulances and large vans to convert into mobile medical and dental clinics.  We will be training local medical personnel to visit towns and villages on a monthly basis to hold free clinics.

Schools:

One of our long term goals is to build a school that is especially geared to serve the children of the Mayan community in Guatemala.

Your Opportunity for Partnership:

We would like to give you the opportunity to partner with us as we continue to minister to the impoverished Mayans in the mountains. Please pray for us and, if you feel so impressed, please send us your tax-deductable donation by visiting our donations page ( Link ) or by mailing your gift to:

Broken Chains for Humanity, Inc.
5050 Laguna Blvd. Suite 112
Box 426
Elk Grove, CA 95758

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You can also contact us directly at 925-437-6353 or e-mail us at rmcook52@aol.com

 

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4 Responses to The Mission of BC4H

  1. Ernest Takeuchi says:

    I added the web link on the facebook information page for Broken Chains For Humanity so that visitors to the facebook site can directly click the website address and get to the web page of Broken Chains For Humanity.

  2. Ernest Takeuchi says:

    ‘Green hunger’ as starvation stalks fertile Guatemala from AFP 08 09 2011by Ernest Takeuchi on Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 11:46pm
    They call it the “green hunger.” Here in the mountains of central Guatemala, one of the world’s top exporters of sugar and bananas, vegetation is everywhere and yet the people are starving.

    Guatemala, which has a population of 14 million, has the highest rate of child malnutrition in Latin America. Half of all children under five are malnourished.

    In rural areas such as Jalapa, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) or a three-hour drive from Guatemala City, where many families scrape by on less than a dollar a day, that figure can rise shockingly to as high as 90 percent.

    Luis Alexander is nine months old and suffers from acute malnutrition. He appears weak and tiny in his mother’s arms in front of their mudbrick house.

    Ronald Estuardo Navas, a hunger monitor at the international non-profit Action Against Hunger, measures Luis’s arm with a tape that evaluates the nutritional health of a child via the size of the upper arm.

    “He has a perimeter of 9.9 centimeters — there’s a high risk he could die,” he said.

    His mother, Herlinda Rodriguez, who has two other children to care for, is also undernourished.

    “He’s underweight because I don’t have enough breast milk to give him. That’s why he’s so thin,” she said.

    Looking around the green and mountainous land surrounding the Rodriguez family’s humble home, it’s hard to understand why they are slowly starving.

    Guatemala is the world’s fifth largest exporter of sugar, coffee and bananas, and when subsistence crops fail thousands of families simply cannot afford to buy enough food.

    Many families have had to resort to buying their basic staples of corn and beans and rice from local markets because their modest subsistence crops have been seriously reduced by droughts and floods over the last few years — the creeping effect of climate change across this region.

    But the purchasing power of the little money these communities have has been battered by both international food price fluctuations and local prices, which have been pumped up by domestic scarcity. Three quarters of the food produced here is exported to the international market.

    Willem van Milink Paz, World Food Program Representative Guatemala, says: “What we are seeing in Guatemala is that the price, the local price of food, is even higher proportionally than what we’ve seen at international levels.”

    That has hit families hard.

    Benjamin Lopez Ramirez, a subsistence farmer in Jalapa, says: “The truth is that there is no work here, or the chance to have a salary, the fact that (maize) is so expensive makes it very difficult for us.”

    More than 6,500 people died from hunger related issues last year, 2,175 of whom were under five years, according to Luis Enrique Monterroso, who oversees the right to food at the Guatemala Human Rights Office.

    Although there are schemes and money to help, he says, there’s a lack of political will.

    “The state doesn’t exist for the most vulnerable families in this country.”

    Malnutrition doesn’t stunt just physical, but also mental, development in children, which does not bode well for Guatemala’s future economic development.

    Guatemala’s income from taxes is one of the lowest in the region at just 10 percent, and although the private sector could play a bigger role in reducing the levels of malnutrition and poverty in the country, the key factor is state involvement.

    Van Milink Paz said: “To be clear and honest about this, there is not going to be a real solution to the problem if the government of Guatemala doesn’t take a major part in the solution.

    “The problem is too big for anybody — you know private companies or even a UN agency like the World Food Program or other NGOs working in this area to solve. We are only really nibbling at this problem and not really solving it.”

    There have long been programs purportedly aimed at targeting child hunger.

    The latest, overseen by outgoing President Alvaro Colom, is called “My Family Progresses,” and is a conditional cash transfer scheme that gives poor mothers a stipend provided their children go to school and get regular health checkups.

    But the program has been mired in criticism, and accused of a lack of transparency. Monterroso says this scheme and others like it are more directed at winning political popularity than producing real social change.

    Billy Estrada, sub secretary of food security for the Guatemala government, said the problem is not a lack of schemes, but a lack of consistency.

    “What I think is lacking, and will be lacking, in this government and those that will be, are continuous policies that can extend their mandate.

    “It wouldn’t matter if the political parties alternated if there was a continuation of activities started by one government and worth the effort continuing.”

    Unless the state can find the political will to implement schemes effectively to tackle the structural causes of malnutrition, children like Luis Alexander will continue to suffer.

    The prices for the basic foodstuffs like flour, corn meal, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and salt has gotten higher for these native children when the per capita income is about a dollar a day. These children look skinnier than when we saw similar children 3 years ago in the Jalapa area as missionaries from Antioch. Won’t you please help us multiple the loaves and fishes for them?
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  3. Ernest Takeuchi says:

    The Brotken Chains for Humanity volunteers from Antioch plan to be the hands and feet of Jesus in meeting the needs of the Maya in the hills surrounding the town of Jalapa, Guatemala. Please pray for this project and mission trip. If you are wanting to share with your pocket book, please visit our website: http://www.bc4humanity.com/?p=​1 . Help us be the hands and feet of Jesus in multiplying the loaves and fishes of the little boy’s lunch.
    Thank you and God Bless You.

  4. Ernest Takeuchi says:

    ‘Green hambre “, como los tallos fértiles hambre Guatemala

    Lo llaman el “hambre verde”. Aquí en las montañas del centro de Guatemala, uno de los principales exportadores mundiales de azúcar y el banano, la vegetación está en todas partes y, sin embargo la gente se muere de hambre.

    Guatemala, que tiene una población de 14 millones de dólares, tiene la mayor tasa de desnutrición infantil en América Latina. La mitad de todos los niños menores de cinco años están desnutridos.

    En las zonas rurales, como Jalapa, a unos 100 kilómetros (60 millas) o un viaje de tres horas de Ciudad de Guatemala, donde muchas familias sobreviven con menos de un dólar al día, esa cifra puede aumentar escandalosamente hasta un máximo de 90 por ciento.

    Luis Alexander es de nueve meses de edad y sufre de desnutrición aguda. Parece débil y pequeño en brazos de su madre frente a su casa de adobe.

    Ronald Estuardo Navas, un monitor de hambre a nivel internacional sin fines de lucro Acción contra el Hambre, las medidas del brazo de Luis con una cinta que evalúa la salud nutricional de un niño a través del tamaño de la parte superior del brazo.

    “Él tiene un perímetro de 9,9 centímetros – que hay un alto riesgo que podría morir”, dijo.

    Su madre, Herlinda Rodríguez, quien tiene dos hijos que cuidar, es también de desnutrición.

    “Él es de peso porque no tienen suficiente leche para darle. Por eso es tan delgada”, dijo.

    Mirando alrededor de la tierra verde y montañosa que rodea humilde casa de la familia Rodríguez, que es difícil entender por qué están muriendo de hambre lentamente.

    Guatemala es el quinto exportador mundial de azúcar, café y banano, y cuando los cultivos de subsistencia no miles de familias simplemente no pueden permitirse el lujo de comprar alimentos suficientes.

    Muchas familias han tenido que recurrir a la compra de sus productos básicos de maíz y frijol y arroz en los mercados locales debido a que sus cultivos de subsistencia modestos se han visto seriamente reducida por la sequía y las inundaciones en los últimos años – el efecto de reptiles del cambio climático en esta región.

    Sin embargo, el poder adquisitivo del poco dinero que tienen estas comunidades ha sido maltratadas por las fluctuaciones internacionales de precios de los alimentos y los precios locales, que han sido inflado por la escasez interna. Tres cuartas partes de los alimentos producidos aquí se exporta al mercado internacional.

    Willem van Milink Paz, Representante del Programa Mundial de Alimentos de Guatemala, dice: “Lo que estamos viendo en Guatemala es que el precio, el precio local de los alimentos, es aún mayor en proporción que lo que hemos visto a nivel internacional.”

    Que ha afectado a las familias duro.

    Benjamín López Ramírez, un agricultor de subsistencia en Jalapa, dice: “La verdad es que no hay trabajo aquí, o la oportunidad de tener un salario, el hecho de que (el maíz) es tan caro hace que sea muy difícil para nosotros.”

    Más de 6.500 personas murieron a causa de problemas relacionados con el hambre el año pasado, 2.175 de los cuales eran menores de cinco años, según Luis Enrique Monterroso, quien supervisa el derecho a la alimentación en la Oficina de Derechos Humanos de Guatemala.

    Aunque hay planes y dinero para ayudar, dice, hay una falta de voluntad política.

    “El Estado no existe para las familias más vulnerables en este país.”

    La desnutrición no sólo truco física, sino también mental, desarrollo de los niños, que no es un buen augurio para el futuro desarrollo económico de Guatemala.

    Ingreso de Guatemala a partir de los impuestos es uno de los más bajos de la región al 10 por ciento, y aunque el sector privado podría desempeñar un papel más importante en la reducción de los niveles de desnutrición y la pobreza en el país, el factor clave es la participación del Estado.

    Van Milink Paz, dijo: “Para ser claros y honestos acerca de esto, no va a ser una solución real al problema de si el gobierno de Guatemala no tiene un papel importante en la solución.

    “El problema es demasiado grande para cualquier persona – ya saben las empresas privadas o incluso una agencia de la ONU como el Programa Mundial de Alimentos o las organizaciones no gubernamentales que trabajan en esta área para resolver Estamos realmente sólo picar en este problema y no realmente la solución.”.

    No han sido los programas que supuestamente pretendía atacar el hambre infantil.

    La última, supervisado por el presidente Álvaro Colom de salida, se llama “Mi familia progresa”, y es un esquema de transferencia condicionada de efectivo que se da a las madres pobres un subsidio siempre que sus hijos vayan a la escuela y chequeos regulares de salud.

    Pero el programa ha estado envuelto en la crítica, y acusados de una falta de transparencia. Monterroso dice que este plan y otros como él están más dirigidas a ganar popularidad política de producir un cambio social real.

    Billy Estrada, subsecretario de la seguridad alimentaria para el gobierno de Guatemala, dijo que el problema no es la falta de esquemas, pero la falta de consistencia.

    “Lo que creo que falta y faltará, en este gobierno y los que sean, son las políticas continuo que puede extender su mandato.

    “No importa si los partidos políticos alternan si hubiera una continuación de las actividades iniciadas por un gobierno y vale la pena el esfuerzo continuo.”

    A menos que el Estado puede encontrar la voluntad política para aplicar los programas con eficacia para hacer frente a las causas estructurales de la desnutrición, los niños, como Luis Alexander seguirán sufriendo.

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