Sherwood Oaks has had a partnership with Agua Viva Children’s Home in Guatemala since 2003. The partnership has provided opportunity for many from Sherwood Oaks to get to know and sponsor children who live at the home or go to the school. We have also helped with many work projects that have helped AV with necessary enhancements to their property – from building a school for 300 village children, to digging trenches for bio drains to reroute animal waste as fertilizer – to paving the streets of the ‘colonia’ next to the home. Every year high school and university students travel to Agua Viva to experience life outside of the USA for the first time. The children, the staff, the teachers, and especially the cooks at Agua Viva create a positive environment to learn about life outside of our ‘comfort zone’ at home. Many smiles and tears have been shared there – and many hearts touched through serving.
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” RW Emerson