Partner Family Central

Partner Family Central

We are a community of families that bridge international boundaries as well as divergent ethnic and cultural traditions, by twice annual correspondence relationships.

In our writing to one another twice each year, we learn of the accomplishments, the struggles, the meaning of family, and the perspectives that come from each writer’s life experience and heritage.  In many cases, we plan for the day we can meet in person! Letters are exchanged concurrent with each delegation (February and August) and writers need to be cognizant of important deadlines. A network of bilingual volunteers take care of faithfully translating our writings between Spanish and English.

There are over 300 families partaking in this partnership.  Half of us live in the rain forested village of Santa Maria Tzeja, locate din the Ixcan region of Guatemala.   And half of us live somewhere in the United States, with many of us concentrated in Needham, MA. Families in the village do not have many options for communicating. Almost all will do so by writing a letter using pen and paper. That is returned to the U.S. to be translated and forwarded to the US family. At that time, US families also receive semi annual Partnership newsletters.

The partnership was founded in 1987.  It is based at the Congregational Church of Needham, Needham, MA.

Here’s the place to get caught up with the news of the partnership, or perhaps pick up and idea or two to incorporate in a letter your will soon be sending.

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