Dick Rutgers traveled to Guatemala 20 years ago as a wheelchair salesman. After seeing the situation first hand, he decided to stay and serve those in need.
Dick enriches the lives of of Guatemala's forgotten first and foremost through relationship. He devotes much of his time to loving the residents of a special needs hospital in Antigua called Hermano Pedro. His advocacy has not only brought practical help through wheelchairs, but has grown a community of understanding and encouragement.
Maria the "Doll Lady" who is featured in the documentary 'Reparando' explains her process for repairing dolls.
The Guatemala City Dump is the largest in Central America. 24 football fields would fit within it's walls. 11,000 people live near and work in the dump as a means for survival. It is here where we found one of the central figures in our documentary.
Maria Del Fina Hernandez - affectionately known as the "Doll Lady" uses micro-finance loans from the Potter's House to buy discarded doll parts, which she cleans, repairs and eventually sells for a small profit. Her story makes the perfect visual metaphor for 'Reparando'.
Athentikos supports Maria's micro-enterprise by selling her dolls in our online store. Each doll is uniquely hand-made by Maria and is a tangible reminder of how God repairs the broken. You can purchase yours today.
Our Guatemalan team recently visited Maria and asked her a few questions on camera. In this video, Maria expresses her gratitude for your help.