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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Dedicated to the women of AMA. This article explores my reflections on food culture in Guatemala following an action research inquiry into food sharing and storytelling working with the Asociación de Mujeres del Altiplano (AMA) between May and August 2016.  I argue that Mayan food culture reflects the wider principles of Mayan cosmovision and propose that these principles could provide a guide to leading a more ethical, fulfilled and balanced life. Contrasting food cultures There is the purchase and consumption … read more

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