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Apr 8, 2020

Standing by Our Students

Sponsored student Juana receives her new backpack
Sponsored student Juana receives her new backpack

Like many of our supporters around the world, you are probably participating in widespread social distancing efforts to prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, in your community. As the virus spreads throughout Guatemala, Pueblo a Pueblo is doing the same.

In early January, all sponsored students visited our office to receive a backpack full of the supplies they need to succeed in school this year. However, after almost three successful months of classes, our partner schools were forced to cancel classes to comply with social distancing measures imposed by the Guatemalan government.

At Pueblo a Pueblo, we recognize our ability to protect our most vulnerable friends, neighbors, and family members through social distancing. By limiting our contact with others, especially in large group settings, we can ease the burden this virus is likely to place on our rural Guatemalan community.

As such, Pueblo a Pueblo has suspended all in-person meetings and educational sessions to minimize the risk of exposure to our partner communities and our own team. Our staff will work remotely until further notice.

In this time of crisis, we will continue to stand by the students we have committed to support. We will continue to provide access to subsidized healthcare for all beneficiaries of the Primary Education Scholarships project. As resources permit, we will also deliver food baskets to the families of those students most in need.

This pandemic has brought challenges to families and communities around the globe. It is already affecting Pueblo a Pueblo’s ability both to achieve our project goals and to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff and beneficiaries.  

As we work to execute a swift and effective response, please consider making a donation to this project today. Thank you in advance for your generosity—the future of our support for students here on Lake Atitlán depends on it.

Concepcion and her mother receive a food basket
Concepcion and her mother receive a food basket

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Feb 18, 2020

Thank You for Your Support

A sponsored mother with her baby
A sponsored mother with her baby

Greetings from Santiago Atitlán!

With the start of a new year, we at Pueblo a Pueblo are reorganizing our fundraising efforts to best serve our work in rural Guatemala. As such, we will no longer be raising funds for the Maternal Child Health project here on GlobalGiving.

This project is still active; we will continue to offer subsidized health care to sponsored mothers and their young children. Our team will continue to lead health workshops on topics relevant to pregnant women and new mothers. We remain as passionate as ever about improving health outcomes among women and children and expanding access to high-quality health education.

If you would like to continue giving to Pueblo a Pueblo, please consider making a donation to one of our other GlobalGiving projects. Every dollar helps us get closer to our goal of improving access to health care, education, and sustainable livelihoods here on Lake Atitlán.

On behalf of the whole Pueblo a Pueblo team, thank you for your support!

Project beneficiaries
Project beneficiaries

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Feb 18, 2020

New Tools for a Changing World

Students use the RACHEL program on a tablet
Students use the RACHEL program on a tablet

Tucked away in small communities on Guatemala's Lake Atitlán, many of our partner schools lack access to one of the world’s most powerful teaching tools: the internet. We’re committed to seeing students succeed despite the challenges of rural life.

How do we do it? With RACHEL. This educational tool allows for knowledge-sharing without the use of the internet. We offer RACHEL through a collaboration with Mundo Posible to give students the chance to learn beyond the walls of their classrooms.

How does it work? Each library has a router that allows students to log into RACHEL from an electronic tablet. Students can then engage with an extensive collection of educational games, stories, and videos. All materials come pre-selected based on students’ age and reading levels. RACHEL can triple or even quadruple the resources Pueblo a Pueblo is able to donate to any given school.

It’s no secret that in today’s world, most public and private institutions depend heavily on computers and other digital technologies. As a result, many jobs—even in rural Guatemala—require technological literacy. We seek to prepare students for personal and professional success, and RACHEL is a helpful way to build the skills they need to achieve this.

RACHEL helps schools address the challenges of rural life. The program also gives students from rural communities access to the life-long benefits of technological literacy. Your donations to this project help us bring RACHEL to schools all around Lake Atitlán. Thank you for supporting students as they learn to read, write, communicate, and self-advocate in an ever-changing world.

Librarian Ms. Clara helps students use the program
Librarian Ms. Clara helps students use the program
Student literacy ambassadors (in vests) use RACHEL
Student literacy ambassadors (in vests) use RACHEL

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