Ninos de Guatemala

Ninos de Guatemala's mission is to contribute to a better future for the people of Guatemala through education. We aim to realize our mission by initiating and supporting small-scale development projects in the most impoverished areas. We believe in the role of education as the most successful tool for the development of each child, his or her family, and the community they belong to. Community involvement is central to NDG's projects, as we believe that our projects belong to the Guatemalans they serve and are therefore an active part of it.
Feb 12, 2014

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Nuestro Equipo
Nuestro Equipo

We currently employ 30 members of staff across our two schools, who ensure that our children are receiving the best possible education in a comfortable and encouraging environment. Show your support for our staff by donating here and your generosity will be matched by Global Giving, our online fundraising partner.

2 schools. 339 children. 30 staff. Niños de Guatemala. Teachers, social workers, psychologists, cooks, maintenance and directors, each and every member of our team plays a chief role in the functioning of our schools. This year we have expanded our network of staff even more, as our schools and projects grow, the demands for staff increases.   

Our teachers encourage and motivate our children to realize their ambitions through education, whilst following the Guatemalan national syllabus and offering extra-curricular activities. Their role is imperative to the education of our children, what would be a school without teachers?

Our social workers work closely with our pupils and families, keeping the local community engaged at all times. Offering monthly classes, our social workers help our families learn how to deal with critical issues in society, such as alcoholism, sex abuse and domestic violence. Social education is a crucial element to a child’s upbringing and future prospects.

Our psychologists offer personalised support to our children and families, offering therapy and clinic sessions for tackling difficult situations. Without a healthy and positive attitude, our children would not be so enthusiastic to learn. 

Our culinary staff work closely with nutritionists to offer our children a healthy and balanced diet, fuelling them for a day at school whilst also nourishing their bodies with the right nutrients that will help them grow into healthy, young adults.  The role of our culinary team is fundamental to the physical development of our children as many of them come from malnourished backgrounds.

Our maintenance staff ensure that the schools are clean, hygienic and safe working environments for our children, an essential part of the day-to-day running of our schools.

And our directors? Academic coordinators and principals work together to make sure that everything runs smoothly, that our children are happy, that our staff are happy, and that the schools continue to advance. 

Each and every member of our team is valued. Valued at approximately at 46,560 quetzales. Each month it costs Niños de Guatemala around $6000 to keep our schools equipped with top-notch staff. Each month our schools continue to flourish and this is the result of being able to provide such a motivated workforce.

If you would like to help us, please donate TODAY as GlobalGiving have pledged to match all donations up to $1000.

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Jan 24, 2014

Pupils, padrinos and nutrients with Ninos de Guatemala - January 2014

Ciraco
Ciraco's 9th birthday

Continuing to develop previous projects and always striving to initiate new programmes, Niños de Guatemala is looking forward to a prosperous 2014. This year is an exciting year for Nuestro Futuro as it marks the first year that we will have a sixth grade class graduate, children who have been with us since their first grade. Meanwhile, El Porvenir has welcomed third graders as the oldest year group and we look forward to seeing them graduate in 2017. 

We are delighted to announce that at the end of 2013 we were able to connect each of our pupils at our first school, Nuestro Futuro, with a “padrino”. Our Padrino Program links our children with external sponsors who financially support their education whilst maintaining a relationship and updates about the child´s progress. This year, we hope to realize our goal by connecting every child across our two schools with a padrino.

The impact of the Padrino Program on a child´s school experience is invaluable: having the knowledge that somebody is actively supporting their education and taking an interest in their progress motivates them to value and enjoy their school experience. Our children love the fact that somebody is encouraging them to do well, whilst having their birthday acknowledged makes them feel incredibly special. This week was the 9th birthday of Ciriaco, and not only did his padrino send him a card and birthday present, but also provided birthday cake for him and his classmates to share. The smile on his face and his humble gratitude was a magical moment for everyone, as he declared that this was “the best birthday” ever.

We are now looking for 63 new padrinos to complete our program and support our children through their education. 50$ provides monthly, on-going sponsorship of a child, and the opportunity to communicate with them.

Along with our sponsorship program, we take great importance in promoting good nutrition in our schools, and we feed our children each day, ensuring that their bodies are being fuelled with the right nutrients to keep them healthy, active and willing to learn. This nutrition program, however, costs us just over 1500$ a month to keep our Niños de Guatemala well-nourished and hydrated.  

We would like to thank all our sponsors and donors who help realize our dreams here in Guatemala. Without your help it would be impossible to support our children and our projects. Without a good education and a healthy body, it would be impossible for our children to progress from an environment where there may not be as much encouragement as we have been fortunate enough to have. We need everybody’s help and support to realize our mission and offer our children the best possible future.  

Almuerzo a El Porvenir
Almuerzo a El Porvenir

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Oct 23, 2013

Preparing for Summer School

Study time
Study time

The school year in Guatemala starts in January and ends in October, which corresponds with the important coffee harvest season here. Our 198 students just finished another year of school, and are currently enjoying a couple of weeks vacation time before returning to our schools in November for Summer School. 

Although not mandatory in Guatemala, we believe that this extra month of schooling is crucial to our students' success each academic year. During the four weeks of Summer School, students meet their new teacher for the coming school year and get settled into their new classrooms. They receive reinforcement classes on the subjects they learned in the previous grade level and start getting a "sneak peak" at concepts they will be mastering during the upcoming school year. This month is also when our new transfer students and incoming class of preschoolers will join us and start learnign the rules and norms of NDG schools. 

All said, November is a BIG month for our schools and staff. Its also a big month for expenses in our organization, since we need to purchase extra suplies for each student and classroom to allow this extra month of learning. We need to purchase Q16,400 (roughly $2100) worth of school materials this month and we need your help to make sure our students get the head start on 2014 that they desperately need.

Wednesday Oct. 23 Global Giving will be matching all donations made to our organization, which will help us purchase these materials. So, for every notebook you help us purchase, Global Giving will donate a little extra for pencils. 

Please, help us raise the $2100 we need to complete these purchases and finish this year of learning on a high note! 

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