ACOM medical students raise money and supplies for poor children in Guatemala

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) Some medical students from ACOM spent their Saturday collecting money and school supplies for poor children in Guatemala.

It’s a personal mission for organizer Joseph Barber, who said he was called to help the people of Guatemala, specifically children.

Barber said he grew up poor, and now that he’s better off, he wants to give back to those less fortunate.

So in June, he took a bunch of other medical students to San Pedro, in the northern part of Guatemala, looking for ways to help.

“They don’t have supplies, they don’t have pencil and paper, they’re in a hot box, they don’t have fans, they don’t have water running water or bathrooms,” said Barber.

“So, there’s no incentive for them to continue in school. So we’re trying to change that from an early age,” Barber said.

Barber said 100 packs of markers, 150 packs of crayons, 125 pencils and 200 packs of paper were collected at the event, along with about $300 in cash.

He said it is enough to serve around 125 children.

Barber plans to take the money and supplies to Guatemala in December.

For more information, or if you’d like to donate, visit the K’uhul Balam website at www.kuhulbalam.org.