In February 2011, Katie Stall and I traveled to Guatemala for our first field visit. We both wanted to see FH’s work in the field. We had spent the last three years, stuffing envelopes and packets, reading and sorting mail, and talking to countless sponsors on the phone—but always desiring to see it all for ourselves. As we stepped off the plane and into the central and regional offices of FH Guatemala, our eyes were opened and amazed at the incredible people we met. What encouraged us most were the staff who worked tirelessly in the communities. They worked longer, commuted farther and gave up more time with their families than most people I know. Watching them interact with the people in the communities, especially the children, was incredible. As we pulled into the community after the long, winding trek up the hill, the smiles, waves and hugs were endless. We see hundreds of photos of children every week, but seeing them in person and watching the sponsorship process from the very beginning was incredible. I will never forget this trip and was so thankful to be able to meet incredible people along the way.
–Katie Mayward, Child Sponsorship Information and Communication Technician