Potter’s House Story…

RW Supply + Design’s mission is that we exist UNTIL EVERY CHILD IS HOME. This spring we were able to financially support the work Potter’s House does in Guatemala to provide for families living in poverty. Potter’s house began on Christmas Eve, 1986, when two Guatemalans named Lisbeth and Gladys went to the trash dump—the poorest, most dangerous place in Guatemala City. Frankly, this was the last place either Lisbeth or Gladys wanted to be. They were simply following up on a request from some friends in the US—to go hand out blankets to the people who lived and scavenged in the dump. The women were shocked by the extreme poverty they found. They returned the next Christmas and then the next. Bible studies, health care and additional classes were started. When Lisbeth and Gladys decided to quit their jobs to grow the ministry, people thought they were crazy. Two women had no business working in the city dump! But, in 1991, Potter’s House—its name based on Jeremiah 18:1-6—became a legal non-profit. Today, Potter’s House is still completely staffed by Guatemalans and continues to grow—its work fueled by both Guatemalan and international volunteers.The ability to support Potter’s House and work until the day that every child is home is solely because of the work that you do each day.

“The moment I set foot in the dump the stench overwhelmed me. Slowly a great pain inside me welled up as I saw children playing in the filth, people rummaging through the trash looking for anything of value, and children and adults sniffing glue. It was too much for me. I consciously blocked the suffering I saw from my mind. “I’ll never be here again,” I thought. “I’m just doing this as a favor.”

Gladys Güitz, Co-Founder

We are working for the day every child has a home.

4 Areas of Focus

  • Family preservation / orphan prevention.
  • Facilities that support abandoned children.
  • Educational programs for orphaned children.
  • Adoption grants.

Work Connection

RW Supply + Design is working towards the day that every child is home. Our current goal is to be involved in the lives of 100,000 individuals. Potter’s House has been involved in the lives of 43,000 Guatemalans living in poverty. Their work focuses on helping families rise out of poverty and develop longterm skills to support themselves and keep their family together.

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