Highland Support Project

The mission of the Highland Support Project is to innovate transformational models of development that break cycles of dependency. We engage in long-term accompaniment that supports Highland indigenous communities of the Americas to live on their land, in their community, and with their culture.


We empower individuals to take advantage of opportunities and change their communities through constructive action.

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We specialize in creating synergistic programming initiatives that foster partnerships between communities and faith-based, development and academic organizations.

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We create trips that offer rich cultural, historical and human exchanges between non-native partners and native community members.

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Latest News

Obstacles and New Beginnings in a Hospital Apprenticeship The first week of September was the official start date for twenty-one of AMA’s women’s circle members participating in CODECOT’s (Association of Traditional Midwives of Quetzaltenango in English) midwifery program to begin their hospital practicum, an integral part of their two-year training. A significant component of CODECOT’s philosophy is that not only are midwives essential to the improved health and well-being of Guatemala’s rural indigenous population, but that they must also learn … read more

  5 hardworking and fun-loving ladies from Dilworth United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina came to experience rural indigenous life in Guatemala for their 1st mission trip with HSP. The team built 5 stoves in the community of Caserío Belen, San Juan Ostuncalco, and carried out their Maya Arts Project (MAP) in a rural school in the neighboring community of Chanshenel. During the construction of their stoves, many family members were actively involved with our Dilworth partners and enjoyed … read more

According to Mayan cosmovision, we are not seen as separate from our environment but rather we are known to have been created from it. All matter on earth is made up of the same particles as stars, and Maya mythology tells that we first formed into humans as corn growing from the earth. Just as how we as Highland Partners come to Guatemala to understand and experience another culture, we leave part of ourselves behind. The process is reciprocal, Highland … read more

  HSP just finished up a fantastic week of service with Tarrytown United Methodist Church from Austin, Texas, who brought their Youth Group down to Guatemala for their triennial trip with HSP. The team of 32 youth and 14 adults built 15 stoves in the Mam community of El Tizate, San Juan Ostuncalco, which was that community’s first time connecting with Highland Partners. The Tarrytown team planted 150 trees and carried out 4 distinct and unique MAP projects with El … read more