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.
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.
It's been over 5 years since we first started our work in Guatemala. At the end of last year we had 3 different classes; Critical-Thinking for Teens, Teacher Training Program and our Homework Study Program, all going on in 3 different locations. It was time for us to get our own place.
Finally, and with great thanks for your help, we have the pleasure of opening our own school. It will be called “La Academia” in honor to Plato’s Academia.
La Academia will be home to our Critical-Thinking (CT) Programs for Teens, which will be expanding to 2 days per week and our Teacher-Training Program with their classes in English, Spanish, CT and psychology. It will also be home to our homework study program for 10-15 year olds and for the future pre-school and junior sponsorship program classes. All of the staff are Guatemalans! How cool is that!!! Our students, staff members and friends are helping out in cleaning, painting, carrying and doing anything needed to make this dream materialize as soon as possible.
We are also working with our sponsored families, inviting them to view the new school because, now that we have our own space we will be adding programs for our junior sponsored students.
We plan to open the first week of March. Standby for more news and photos. Thank you to all of you that are making this possible.
We are still short about $5,000 for our first year so please help us sustain “La Academia”.