2017 is here and with it all our students are back at the school at La Academia. This year is the second that our school is open and all of the new classes are going very smoothly. We can see that the Isa’s, our senior students who are in the second year of our three-year teachers-training program are maturing and being empowered by their role as tutors. They also know that the younger students look up to them as role models and we know the Isa´s are disappointing them.
Amongst other projects for this year, we already had the visit of Bishop Joseph Catrambone and he is planning to be back to give a full talk to our Critical-Thinking students later this year. One of our goals is that the students are exposed to as many great traditions as possible, and we always prefer that this kind of talks are given by experts! Bishop Joseph, who supports many other projects in Guatemala, believes in tolerance and can see the beauty in diversity so he is very excited about giving this class. We will also be having during the month of March a training on animal love and compassion, given by a local NGO whose goal is to educate the younger generations on the importance of seeing our pets as our family and friends, and to learn that to abuse them is wrong.
Our Critical-Thinking classes are now being taught in part by the Isa´s. They are taking over these classes since we are entitling them to do so. And they are doing a wonderful job. We can say that this is the beginning of the future of our school being run only by Guatemalans, as this was our dream from the very start. We feel more and more confident in the fact that the seeds we planted in our senior students years ago for the love of wisdom are blossoming in ways that are marvelous and suprising, even to us.
And to all of our donors, we can´t thank you enough for making this beautiful garden of youth and potential possible. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much.
A big hello to you all from summer in Guatemala!
Our school, La Academia, which is now coming up on its first anniversary has reopened after the Holidays.
In addtion to the English, Spanish, Psychology, Critical-Thinking and Homework Study classes, we have added to the schedule new classes in English for 5th and 6th graders, and additional classes on Tuesday and Thursdays for our Critical-Thinking students, and a study class on Wednesday of Eckhart Tolle's book, Stillness Speaks, in English for our Teachers-in-Training. There is also new yoga classes and breakout groups for the both the girls and the boys!
So, many new things at La Academia this year!
And much of this is due to the addition of an wonderful, dynamic new volunteer, Sunny Rucker, who originally came just to continue the English classes with our Teachers-in-Training but after a few meetings with Mick Quinn, one of the co-founders, she came up with the idea of adding this whole new array of new classes.
From all accounts, Sunny and our staff, students and ourselves, are really loving it!!
With your help in funding our school, we hope to continue this success throughout the year.
Thank you again for all your help and encouragement,
Mick Quinn and Debora Prieto
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a warm and happy New Year in 2017. We would also like to extend a huge hug of thanks to each one of your personally for your on-going support of our school which we opened in March of this year. We are looking forward to a great New Year also with our new funding page for the school at: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/operating-a-school-for-81-children-in-2017/
We now have 85 children attending our programs and with your help we have been able to host our:
- Critical-Thinking (CT) Programs for Teens - 3-year fulltime Teacher-Training Program for 4 of our most senior students - English Classes - Spanish Classes - Psychology Classes - Counseling for students and family members - Homework Study / Tutoring for Teens - Classes and playtime for our junior students and siblings - Daycare for a small group of most involved families - Programs for moms and dads - Home base for our social worker/family liaison - Special events and invited speakers - Food program serving almost 1,500 meals and snacks per month - and the resident street dogs, Chispa, Muneca, and puppy Tasha!
On behalf of our 45 sponsored families, thank you for the bottom of our heart.
Mick, Debora, Marisol, Dona Sonia, Arturo, Leonel, Blanca, and all 85 children of IHF Guatemala