Jul 5, 2019

The Second Half of the School Year is Underway!

After 10 years, we need to replace our bathrooms!
After 10 years, we need to replace our bathrooms!

This week, our students are back from a week-long mid-year break. Luckily our teachers and staff were able to take the week to recuperate - because now that the students are back, the excitement and energy is palpable!

There are lots of exciting things happening at The School of Hope in Jocotenango, Guatemala.  We're preparing to say farewell to our current school director and co-founder, Sophie McKee, who is leaving the daily direction of the school to others but will always be an important member of the EFTC family. After dedicating so many years of her life to EFTC, we wish her well and we're excited to see what comes next for her! One fantastic way to thank Sophie for her years of service would be to make a donation to the foundation in her name, which I hope you'll consider. 

Sara Miller, our current Director of Development and former Volunteer and Visitor Coordinator, will be stepping into the role of directing the school.  We're incredibly lucky to have Sara taking the helm and leading us into the future!  She brings with her years of experience with The School of Hope, as well as time in Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer. 

In addition to welcoming Sara as our new director, The School of Hope is in the process of making some much needed repairs. We've just started a campaign to raise the funds to repair the school's bathrooms, and I hope you'll take the time to learn more about this here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/its-time-to-upgrade-our-bathrooms-eftc/.  We're also painting all of our classrooms and interior patio walls, and we're all proud of the gorgeous new sky blue paint recently applied to our exterior walls. Finally, we hope to have the funds and support to replace the school's roof soon. We love our school building and it has served us well...but 10 years of hundreds of students takes a toll, and the building is in need of some tender loving care.  I hope you'll consider how you might be able to help us with these repairs and maintenance, and get in touch with me (brien@eftcusa.org) so we can talk more about it!

With all the talk about new leadership and building repairs, I don't want us to lose sight of the reason why we do all of this. Ensuring that our students receive a high quality education so that they can provide better, healthier lives for themselves and their communities is the motivation behind our work. Nothing we do here at The School fo Hope could happen without the generosity of you, our supporters and friends. Thank you for everything you've already done for the students! And, please, consider doing just a bit more today by making another donation. 

Kindergartners!
Kindergartners!
Your Generosity Provides Nutritious Meals
Your Generosity Provides Nutritious Meals

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Jul 5, 2019

Our Kitchen Hood Has Been Installed!

Our Kitchen Staff with Our New Hood!
Our Kitchen Staff with Our New Hood!

Remember a few months ago when you made a donation toward a kitchen ventilator hood for The School of Hope in Guatemala?  Well, the hood has been installed!  

I wanted to thank you again for your genoristy in making this happen - it has already made a difference in the working condition of our kitchen staff by cooling the kitchen and clearing any smoke and particles from the air. 

I know there are lots of worthy causes you could support, and so I'm grateful and humbled that you chose to support EFTC and The School of Hope.  As you know, our mission is to provide a high quality education to our students so that they can improve their own health and lives, as well as those of their communities. None of the work we do would be possible with you! 

If you're interested in know what is next at The School of Hope, check out our newest campaign to repair our bathrooms.  You can get all that information at this link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/its-time-to-upgrade-our-bathrooms-eftc/

Please consider telling your friends and family about EFTC, The School of Hope, and our new bathroom initiative. Sharing with your community why you chose to support our organization will help us increase the work we can do in our community.

Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.

Support Our New Project - Repairing Bathrooms!
Support Our New Project - Repairing Bathrooms!

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Apr 15, 2019

The First Term of School Has Wrapped Up!

Thank You For Supporing Us!
Thank You For Supporing Us!

The 1st term of the 2019 school year at the School of Hope has come to an end in Jocotenango, Guatemala! It was, as usual, a successful term. Our students were successful in their exams--and we're celebrating with Sports Day on Friday, April 13, 2019! 

In March, EFTC celebrated World EFTC Day. Supporters of EFTC held small fundraisers in the USA, UK, Guatemala, and across the globe to raise funds to support the vital programs we provide to our students and their families. If you didn't get a chance to participate with us on World EFTC Day, take the opportunity to make a donation now! 

Our students, families, and staff in Guatemala are preparing for Semana Santa, happening the week of April 15-21. If you don't know much about Semana Santa traditions in Guatemala, you can read up on it here.  It's a beautiful and exciting and happy week for everyone there--and one that we're sure our students will enjoy with their families. 

This is a short update, but one I don't want to end without thanking you for being a member of the EFTC family. All of the work that we do--providing a quality education, nutritious meals, medical care, and psychological support--would be impossible without your generous support. Please continue to support us, and consider sharing our mission with your family, friends, and colleagues! 

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