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
The end of a most excellent year has arrived. And we couldn´t have finished it better than with a TV special about our programs on the national Guatemalan TV - Guatevision. Their hosts and crew filmed their Christmas special featuring our work with the kids and the families. We spent an excellent day of fun, games, food, visits, music, gifts, Santa Claus, cameras and action. The kids of our program visited, many for the first time in their lives, many different restaurants and places in Antigua as the invited guests and they felt like they were in heaven.
We will be on air on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in all the Guatemalan homes, and that for us is very important.
This was the icing on the cake of a very special year in which we finally opened our own place, we got many new sponsorships, were able to begin a deeper quality of help on the sponsored families and many more programs which include health, education programs for parents, and lots of fun.
Thank you all of you who made this possible and cheers to a New Year full of possibilities. We deeply appreciate your heart and you being a part of our family and wish you the happiest of holidays. Much love from all of us in Guate!
Mick, Debora, staff and children of Integral Heart!
[Below are some more photos from this great day]