The MILE annually leads groups of artists and fans to Guatemala for week long service trips. Through our extended volunteer community, as well as each artist's core fan base, groups of "Milers" are selected to join their favorite artists on a week-long service mission to Guatemala. There, they will take part in daily service projects, volunteering alongside the artist in the local communities of Lake Atitlan. Additionally, these service trips include nightly house concerts, day-trips to neighboring towns and villages, resort/camp-style accommodations, food and transportation as included. All proceeds from these excursions will equally support the ongoing efforts of Relief Missions and MILE, and and their shared objective of improving lives and communities through Love.
our efforts in Guatemala have become progressively more impactful, recent years' activity summarized below:
2019 Project: the MILE initiated development of a new music program in the village of Tierra Santa, providing percussion instruments as a first step. The MILE continued growth for the clean water initiative, now providing over 85 million gallons of clean water to a growing number of communities on Lake Atitlan, now adding Santana to our list of communities served. Computers and other needed supplies were donated, voices and spirits were lifted!
2018 Project: the MILE was able to grow the reach of our clean water initiative, now having provided 55 million gallons of clean drinking water to communities around Lake Atitlan. The MILE returned to Hospitalito in Santiago, as well as to the communities with whom we have built a long-standing relationship.
2017 Project: the MILE purchased and distributed water purification kits to families on Lake Atitlan, generating 30 million gallons of clean drinking water. The MILE also assisted in the opening of a hospital clinic in Cerro De Oro, an outpost of Hospitalito in Santiago. Additionally, the MILE painted a school house and played numerous concerts at schools and hospitals.
2016 Project: the MILE funded construction for a brand-new school house building, then painted the building alongside school faculty and students. Additionally, the MILE worked and performed at Hospitalito in Santiago and performed multiple school and house concerts.
2015 Project: the MILE painted a schoolhouse and a church on Lake Atitlan. The MILE also picked coffee beans for the neediest families, and served a day at Hospitalito in Santiago. Many school performances took place as well.