Integral Heart Foundation

Our mission is to change culture from the inside out through person-to-person sponsoring and educational programs that include the development of mind, body, spirit and emotions. We see our work as the beginning of a multi-generational movement whose leaders are empowered to preserve cultural beauty and diversity and to embrace personal responsibility in a global context.
May 17, 2016

Congratulations!! La Academia is Open!!

Dulce at La Academia for play time!
Dulce at La Academia for play time!

Wherever you are right now, whatever you're doing, please pause for a second, take a deep breath, and feel great about what your goodwill has accomplished!

Last winter and this spring, we shared with you a dream of creating a center in Guatemala where students with no opportunity to study could come and get a compelling education in a safe and loving environment.

Over 6 months, you and 160 others came forward, donated what you could and we opened the center, called La Academia.

Who is your donation helping?

There's Sandy, who used to sit malnourished on a dirt floor watching other kids going to school, wishing she had the chance. Now she does. 

There's Carmen, who was a modern day slave, scavenging a dump for recyclables. She's in school now too and brings her 6-year old brother Byron to study.

And there are 58 other children whose inspiring stories begin with your generosity!

With our center open, we now look to the future to figure out our ongoing funding. We had faith we would find enough support to open the center, and trust that same generosity will keep us open. Our total operating expenses in 2016 will be around $30,000—our center only costs 500 Starbucks lattes per month to operate!

Please take a moment to consider your budget and see if there's an amount you would be comfortable contributing to help reach our 2016 funding need. 

We are humbled to be able to do this work and eternally grateful to you for enabling it. 

You are a hero for helping our "little heroes." Our heroes are our students themselves. Despite the poverty and neglect they were born into, they are overcoming long odds and succeeding. Today, they are safe and smiling because of your support. 

Please help us close our funding gap for 2016. This really will mean the world to someone! 

La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
Chente at La Academia
Chente at La Academia
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center
La Academia - The Integral Heart Learning Center

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Mar 29, 2016

Students Teaching

The Isa Students Teaching
The Isa Students Teaching

This year is full of great surprises for the Integral Heart Foundation. We could finally fulfill one of our biggest dreams which was to open our new learning center. As an outcome of this event, a second dream also came true; that our senior students began teaching the younger generation. Guatemalans teaching Guatemalans.

One of the programs of the Integral Heart Foundation is called “The Isa’s Kids”. In this program six of our philosophy superstar students have embarked on a three year journey of intensive, full time training to be teachers. Until this point and for the last year all they had to do was to study. But because of the opening of our school “La Academia” in honor of Plato’s Academy, these six superstars are also teaching and tutoring to the younger ones.

They help them with homework study, with difficulties they are having in various school subjects and also in meditation and philosophical questions. The senior student were a big part in the opening of the school. They are beginning to be what we have always dreamed for them to become and they are doing so which such love and dedication that we couldn’t be prouder of them.

Now, and because of them, our critical thinking class has expanded not only to just one day a week but to everyday. And not only that, they are reaching younger students and beginning to train them in this art. We are very excited to see how this unfolds and what kind of new philosophers will come out of these programs.

We would like to truly appreciate the input and support of all of our donors. It is because of you this training was and continues to be possible.

From the bottom of our heats thanks to you all.

The Isa Students Teaching
The Isa Students Teaching
The Isa Students Teaching
The Isa Students Teaching
Speaking with the Critical-Thinking junior teens
Speaking with the Critical-Thinking junior teens
The Isa Students speaking with the moms and kids
The Isa Students speaking with the moms and kids
At play!
At play!
The Isa Students is discussion over the Classics
The Isa Students is discussion over the Classics
The Isa Students with our support team
The Isa Students with our support team
Mar 29, 2016

The Story of Jessica

Jessica all smiles as usual!
Jessica all smiles as usual!

Jessica is a very special girl and she is near and dear to our hearts. We have known her since we began our work here in Guatemala in 2010. She was a student in one of the schools where we used to teach and do volunteer work.

Her case has always been particular since she has suffered her whole life from a serious heart condition that ended up in an open heart surgery.

This of course affected her school performance as she was always physically weak and also because of her constant hospital stays. As a result Jessica was several years behind her normal school year.

But she wanted to study and most importantly to be a normal child with a normal childhood. Her mom, a single mom of three children, was always by her side but she couldn’t afford the kind of special attention Jessica would need in order to catch up with her studies.

We found her a sponsor and send her to a special school; we also helped the family with monthly food baskets. Even though over the years her sponsors stopped supporting her, we never gave up on her and carried on with her support.

Today, years later, she is a normal teenager, with a new sponsor, and she is attending to our new school as well as her normal studies. We are very proud of her and the efforts her mom did for this wonderful soul.

Thank you so much to all of you that make this work possible and so awesome. We really appreciate your hearts and willingness to help other human beings.

Jessica five years ago
Jessica five years ago
Jessica recently with her sister Guadalupe
Jessica recently with her sister Guadalupe
Jessica
Jessica's mom and sister at our new school.
 
   

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