In Santa Maria, thanks to you, we currently have three teachers working with the children Doreen, Santiago and Elvia. Both in the morning and afternoon our three teachers run classes to reinforce what the children are learning in their national school and helping them with their impossible homework!
Elvia has been working in the school for two years and supports the youngest of the children to learn their basic ABCs. Santiago has been the passion behind Santa Maria with Doreen since we opened our doors in 2004, running the projects and now focusing his energy on helping the older children with their homework. Doreen teaches the middle classes of varying levels, breaking them down into ability groups for their classes.
What our three wonderful teachers have in common is a passion for their work. Whether they are reciting the alphabet over and over again, cleaning a child's nose, comforting a child that has just grazed their knee and explaining how the universe works, you know they do it with all their passion and love, to help theie community and country. As Doreen says, "
We sent you an update on Saturday giving you an update on how the projects are progressing and how well the students are doing!
As I mentioned on Saturday, the students would not be making such progress in school if it wasn’t for your support and dedication to helping fund the projects.
Just in this moment, GlobalGiving started their June Bonus Day and are offering us 50% on all donations that are made today, whilst match funding lasts. If you were planning on making a further donation to the projects, this is the moment to do so!!
All we ask is that you click on the link below and make a donation and GlobalGiving will automatically add on the extra 50%!!
Thank you so much for your continued support.
Our teachers are some of the most inspiring individuals! Working tirelessly to educate 1020 children across Latin America, preparing them well for their future!
But sometimes, you just have to let your hair down...
Every year we celebrate Mothers Day in Itzapa, Guatemala but this year is was INCREDIBLE! Firstly, we enjoyed dances prepared and practices by each grade, the children did a spectacular job and they were dressed beautifully in traditional dress. We then played games and as the event came to a close…some surprise visitors arrived! Check out the video to see what the teacher’s did next!
A small performance by both the male and female teachers showcasing how vital our Mums are...and giving them a chance to let their hair down and have a laugh! It was hilarious and enjoyed by all the Mothers, staff and very much so by the teachers themselves...we haven't stopped talking about it since!
Special celebrations and normal school days are all part of a well-rounded education and are vital for these children. Thanks to you and your continued support through donations we can continue to make school great!
Next Wednesday, June 12, from 9am GlobalGiving is matching all donations to us at 50%. This means a donation of $10 would become $15 thanks to GlobalGiving. This is a fabulous opportunity for you to make your donation even BIGGER and have a BIGGER impact. I’ll send you a reminder just as the match funding starts but please, do consider making a donation that will give more than you expected!
As we come close to US Mother's Day on May 12, we are focusing on supporting our Moms in Guatemala!
Ex-volunteer Lisa Bailey brought four friends with her to Guatemala this week, her third visit, to run our very first Breast Health Workshop in Santa Maria.
Lisa, a specialist in breast cancer surgery and prevention at the Carol Ann Read Breast Health Center in California, gave the first ever workshop on Breast Health to more than 80 Mothers in Santa Maria. The community was really interested and the talk was given in Spanish and Kaqchikel to ensure everyone understood the information that was being provided. The workshop covered the importance of breast health and how to check and monitor breast health and included the opportunity for a health check from one of the team.
We also launched Plan Iron Woman this week with the same team, distributing seeds of iron-rich vegetables. The plan is specifically aimed at expectant mothers and young mothers to improve nutrition in a child’s first 1000 days of life, the time deemed most important for a child's development.
We are part of Global Giving's Mother's Day campaign this year, celebrating Moms in the US and Guatemala through one gift. If you would like to support Mom's in Guatemala, whilst gifting your Mom a handmade scarf and set of worry dolls then please take a look at our gift:
Global Giving’s first bonus day of the year starts NOW, 9am EST!
Global Giving are matching donations at 30% from right now! There is $50,000 available in matching so if you would like to donate to the project plans below for 2013 please so do now so we can benefit from the extra donation!
Our teachers are the backbone of our organization. With 39 of them working tirelessly to teach our children across Latin America we are incredibly proud of them and the work they do.
Each teacher has their own class in schools, sometimes covering more than one if needed. But class sizes are big and we would love to be able to split grades, add in teach support and grow our teacher force to 50 by the end of this year.
As you know, the smaller the ratio of teacher to student, the more the children will receive attention, build confidence, learn more and get more out of school. Our teachers are reliable, resourceful and the best of the best.
If you would like to help pay for them and for new teachers, use the Global Giving bonus day to do so. Please, consider a donation today and let us benefit from a further 30% on top of your donation COMPLETELY FREE!
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