HELPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization which in partnership with rural Guatemalans works to improve water purity, medical care, education, housing, agriculture and economic development.

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This website highlights our Partners in Education Program (PEP) at the William M. Botnan Learning Center, Santa Avelina, Guatemala. 


If you are already a Partner, click HERE to go to the Partner List to see a photo and an update.

If you would like to be a Partner, click HERE to see the photos of those who need a partner. 

Click HERE to find out where Santa Avelina is located.

Click HERE for photos and facts.

Click HERE for the PEP newsletter.

Click on the grade for a class photo:   Kindergarten , First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, Fifth Grade


 Guatemalan kids need your help!

Click HERE to e-mail Claude Ann Collins, Director of PEP.

Stephen Miller, President

Helps International

15301 Dallas Parkway, Suite 200

Addison, TX 75001

972-386-2901 or 800-527-7034 (ask for Rita Martin)

Certified financial audit is available at the above address.


Schoolhouse design and project management: Don O'Neal

Construction manager: Bob McConnell


With special thanks to The Foundation of the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology

William Botnan

Dr. Reno Backus

Dr. Robert Clark

Dr. Richard Galbraith


and to Paul Townsend, Wycliffe Bible translator and recent HELPS Guatemala Director

and to the past HELPS Directors, David & Amabelia Metzler and Linda & Naoki Imaizumi

and to our current one, Deidrea Johnson

and to all the donors who gave muscle, money, and supplies to make this dream come true

and to the families in Santa Avelina who commit their children's futures to us.



Website photos:  Don O'Neal and Jack Wagoner

Website design:  Don and Lois O'Neal


"So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."

                                                                                     I Corinthians 3:7 (NIV)