Ethics and morals form the basis of our values.
At the Integral Heart Foundation we think that although intellectual and academic achievements are important, they don’t have significant value if they don’t go hand in hand with moral development.
Our senior students are going through a 3-year full-time intellectual program, helping us in La Academia (our school in Guatemala) with the younger students in tutorial classes and they also participate and serve others in the community. In doing so, their hearts are expanding and so are their views and perspectives in life in regard to tolerance, other cultures, philosophies, ways of thinking and customs.
In the last three months theyhave also helped us with our families, not only at the school but also doing social visits with our social worker to the homes of our sponsored students. Seeing the homes of the little ones made them think a lot about what to expect of them when are in our classes and this is teaching htem to be more considerate.
The senior students have also visited a school in their own neighborhood, which they were not aware of, for deaf-mute children whose families have a humble background. Since that visit they have become interested in learning their language as they realized how difficult it was for them to communicate with their peers because they never thought about speaking with sign-language.
Our senior students are also volunteering in clinics that operate on Sundays by local charities specializing in animals, pets and street dogs; to neuter/spay animals who come from financially poor families or even directly from the street. They spend their Sunday’s helping to make these clinics happen.
We are so proud of these amazing students and all they can teach to the younger ones, not only with their own learning and experiences but also by example.
We think they are on a great path to make Guatemala a better place and they are the ones who are going to teach the younger generations how it can be done!
To all of you who are trusting us to make this happen, thank you so much, your heart and donations are making a big difference at all levels in this small community.
From the bottom of our hearts Thank You!
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!
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.