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]
A very Merry and Happy Holidays to you all is coming from all 33 teenagers who attend our Critical-Thinking Program at our school, La Academia, here in Guatemala!!!Education is the heart of our work. The Critical-Thinking / Advanced Functioning Skills Program for teenagers is about changing culture from the inside out. We are working towards this goal, not by teaching our students what to think, but by teaching them how to think for themselves. While the concept of critical-thinking may seem simple to someone in a developed country, in Guatemala children are taught by their parents that their futures will be a carbon copy of all previous generations; a life of hardship full of tough manual labor and physical, emotional, and psychological suffering. IHF teaches them that this is simply not true, and that they are capable of rising above this insidious cycle.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year in 2017!!
Thank you for all the support,
We are coming to the end of the school year here in Guatemala. The kids have finished up with their normal public high-school classes and the third level institutions are begining to close down.
Our school, La Acadamia, will stay open for another month. La Academia is named for Plato's Academy 'a gathering place for intellectuals'. We've had over 800 minds crossing the doorstep monthly.
It has been a great first year and soon we will be launching a new funding campaign for 2017 which promises to be another bumper year.
And also thanks to your support we have be able to provide:
- Critical-Thinking (CT) Programs for 40 Teens - 3-year fulltime Teacher-Training Program
- 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!
And, all of the staff are Guatemalans, except for one part-time person.But, it not all study and growth and in this newsletter we are sharing some of our favorite photos of the playtimes!!
We hope you enjoy them and with warmest regards,
Mick Quinn and Debora Prieto.