Because we believe that the future of our sponsored children can only be brighter through education, at the end of each year we create special cultural and educational events for our students.
This year we had two different events; the first with a local anthropologist who not only worked in the excavations of ancient Mayan sites but also as a forensic anthropologist unearthing and identifying the bodies of people who went missing during the recent Guatemalan civil war. This was a very interesting talk due to the fact that the philosophy students spent all year long investigating in their own recent history.
During this last week of classes we also rescued six puppies from a certain death by poisoning, and we had to bottle feed a fun task shared by all the adults and children. This resulted in a very touching and beautiful interaction between the staff, the little ones and these most vulnerable beings who needed our help.
This brings us to the second workshop on our responsibility towards animals given by two NGO´s, one Guatemalan, Castraciones Guaus & Miaus, and another from Costa Rica, ANPA. In this workshop we all participated, from the founders to the babies, and had a great, fun time learning about nature, respect to all beings, ecology, and care by playing games and sharing many laughs.
We believe that between all of us we can make a better world, therefore, thank you very much for making this possible and being such an integral part of making of this planet a much better place to live.
Happy Holidays to all of you. You are always in our hearts. Much love from all of your Guatemalan family.
Warm greetings from Guatemala,
The rainy season has passed without much trouble this year so we are grateful for that!
We are also grateful to you for all your support of our work thus far this year. We are still a little short on our budget and we are confident that coming into this giving season we can all close this gap together.
October 1st was “El Día del Niño” (The Day of the Child) in Guatemala therefore we decided at La Academia to celebrate with all our little ones. Normally the schedule if full of classes for the kids and teenagers and this day was a very welcome break to just play!!So all involved in our family, including staff, volunteer students-in-practice, teachers and even the dogs, listened the inner voice of the little child, and everyone participated and had fun. They had a special meal prepared with love and flavor by our chef Moma Sonia, cake, candy, sodas, music, piñatas, games, little gifts and even a clown. During the whole day our children could do what they do best; simply be children, enjoying themselves and not having to worry about anything.We would like to appreciate you again for helping make this space open to creativity, innocence and safety. Mick and Debora (co-founders)And the staff and children ofThe Integral Heart Family in Antigua Guatemala.
One of the most important projects at the Integral Heart Foundation is our Philosophy/Critical-Thinking Program. This program, which is mandatory for the children of our sponsored families, begins for the students when they enter high school, or at 13 years of age.
But also at the Integral Heart Foundation we have children of all ages. We believe that it is important to nurture the capacity for free thinking as soon as possible; to help them get to the point at which they can begin questioning, to become curious about the roots of their ideas and concepts, getting them to look at the ‘why’ of the world around them.
We affirm that they get to read because they like to do so, no because they have to. Of course example is the best teaching tool and this is why we dedicate a time every day to just reading. We have a small library, which we are working to expand and develop, with books that are appropriate to all ages, including those for the little ones.
Our senior students and support staff sit with our younger student and read together, telling stories of other countries, times, realms, cultures and so on.
The younger students are really loving it and they are eager for more, they even bring more books to the tables before we finish the last story so we can continue reading more.
Because of this, and as part of a new effort underway, there is a project being born at our school. A complete, small, yet comprehensive library that will be run by one of our senior students so everyone can bring books home and read as they please. We will keep you updated as this project progresses.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr. Seuss – I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Our deepest appreciation and gratefulness to all of you for your support our work here and for allowing for these kids to travel to more and more places!
Much love to you all from the Integral Heart Foundation.