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IN MEMORIAM:

Clark E. Taylor Founder of the Guatemala Partnership

It was after an arduous but eye-opening trip to the northern low land forests of Guatemala that Clark Taylor felt a calling. Could he engage as many people as possible to recognize the perils and the possibilities of the indigenous inhabitants of this land? That was 1987. HIs inspiration gave birth to the Guatemala Partnership, a project of international outreach based at the Congregational Church of Needham, MA. Hundreds of people followed in Clark’s footsteps and visited the village of Santa Maria Tzeja over the ensuing 37 years. Many more involved themselves in other ways, such as family pen-pals. Clark’s vision of what was possible when people of vastly different cultures connect was nothing short of extraordinary.

On October 1, 2023 Clark departed this world at the age of 89. It had been nearly a year since the passing of his wife and life long collaborator, Kay Taylor. While no single article can represent the breadth and depth of Clark’s life, his obituary is offered here.

2023 YARD SALE A SUCCESS IN SPITE OF FORBODING WEATHER

With gloomy weather forecasted on September 16th, the 2023 Yard Sale fundraiser at the Congregational Church of Needham was situated indoors. The shoppers still showed up! And the fundraiser met its goals with “room to spare”.
Much gratitude is owed to the helping hands who made this event come off so smoothly, and to the folks that donated the multitude of enticing items for sale.

Fundraiser at Needham UCC Sept 16, 2023

A TIME OF SORROW

Kay Taylor was a bridge builder. A life calling that she was a natural at. This partnership emerged because Kay was the right person in the right place at the right time.

With profound sadness, we report Kay’s passing on Oct 21, 2022. The light she brought to our world lives on and shines bright.

Remembering Kay Taylor

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Past news and notes

Get Involved

AUGUST DELEGATION REPORT TO BE HOSTED OCTOBER 29 (ONLINE EVENT) .

Mark your calendar for Sunday Oct 29, 7:30 pm to attend by Zoom a report of the August 2023 visit to the village of Santa Maria Tzeja. It’s an opportunity to sharpen your perspective about recent happenings in the village, and in the country, and how this impacts the lives of village citizens. For info and zoom link, contact Bill.

ENGAGEMENT WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP

For more than 30 years, the Guatemala Partnership has provided opportunity to countless people seeking to broaden appreciation of the world beyond their own borders. It is by direct experience and personal interactions that deep understanding is best achieved. With its established relationship to a remote developing world village, the Partnership offers many levels of rewarding engagement.

Ways to be involved

in a pandemic… the virtual delegation experience

A 34 year string of twice-a-year visits to Santa Maria Tzeja was interrupted by the world wide coronavirus pandemic. In total, the Partnership had to forego 4 semi-annual visits to the village between August 2020 and February 2022. However, losing touch with our partner village was not an option. Partner letters were exchanged electronically using the the village’s computer classroom. Online meetings with village committees took place to the extent limited internet would allow. This has kept our partnership bonds strong and our friendships true.

Look in on the experience of a virtual delegation!

Family Network

The partnership between Santa Maria Tzeja and Needham includes nearly 120 letter-exchange relationships, most between a family in the village and one in the US. Some of these relationships have endured over 25 years! Each visiting delegation brings new letters to the villagers, and returns with reply letters. A network of volunteer translators facilitates the semi-annual correspondences.

Receiving a letter in Santa Maria Tzeja

AUGUST 2023 LETTER EXCHANGE COMPLETED

The letters written by families in Santa Maria Tzeja have been returned to Needham and will be undergoing translations over the month of September.

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