Break The Cycle Of Poverty Through Education

by Friends of Ninos de Guatemala
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations

Friends of Niños de Guatemala,

This month has been a very exciting and busy one for Niños de Guatemala. We have received great support from both large organisations and individual people, had wonderful celebrations with our students and community, and been joined by creative and talented staff in our office here in Antigua.

            On September 15th we celebrated Independence Day in Guatemala and our students took part in parades with all of the schools of Ciudad Vieja. Each of the classes represented a different part of Guatemalan culture and heritage and you can check out all of the photos here. On the subject of photography, we had a volunteer from the Netherlands – Bente Mars – who taught a photography workshop with students at El Porvenir. The kids took some amazing shots and learned a great deal about the subject. She also kindly donated 9 digital cameras to the organisation so her work can continue with other volunteers in the future.

Late last month we received a donation of $50,000 from PepsiCo International that is going towards our Nutrition and Health Program at Nuestro Futuro. They are also sending a team of volunteers to the school to run a careers workshop with our older students; we’ll have updates on how it went in next month’s newsletter. Long-term supporter Pablo Alvarez and the organisation Grupo Alza were able to donate nearly half a tonne of “Plataninas” to provide our students with a snack every day for six months.

In the last few weeks several new staff members have joined us in our Antigua office. Brian Tyler will be taking over management of the Básico project, Matthew Meehan has re-joined the office as Communications Officer and Ambar Atta will be coordinating our service teams. In our social business Devon Wilson has taken over management of Cambio Spanish School and Lea Ritter is the Operations Assistant. A new group of people who are passionate about Niños de Guatemala’s mission, and who will use all of their abilities to better the lives of our community.

Thank you for your support!

Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Independence Day Celebrations
Before and After Torin
Before and After Torin's Beard

Niños de Guatemala is continuing its growth trajectory with new teachers, events and successes!

Our schools are running our full range of programs. This year, we’ve been lucky enough to find two great English Language teachers. With these two new teachers on board we can gladly boast to have a 100% Guatemalan staff at all of our schools!

Since our last report, our schools have been busy implementing their afterschool programs. Our Psychology and Social Work department have begun implementing the Crianza Con Carino program for the year. The focus of this afterschool program is to work with parents on non-violent communication and emotional expression with children. 

A women’s group, that our Social Work Department facilitates, successfully lobbied the municipal government to pave the roads near our school! While this may seem like a small deal, it’s going to make life much easier for our parents and students to get to and from our school, especially in the rainy season!

At the office we’ve been organizing a number of fun new events both online and in Antigua. Our staff at the office had the bright idea of creating videos telling people about our programs, but beforehand, they all ate a Habanero pepper! We used the videos to promote a recent online fundraiser we held to raise funds for our Teachers’ supplies.

One of our past Volunteers, Torin Murphy, “sold” the rights to what he does with his enormous beard to the highest donation pool online. In the end, the people demanded he shave! Check out the pictures below. Also, the good people at the Lucky Rabbit hosted us for our first of the year in Antigua!

To find out more about what we’ve been up to in Antigua and at our schools, follow us on Social Media and subscribe to our Newsletter!

Thank you for supporting Niños de Guatemala and our students’ future!


Tara and Rachel (New Padrino Program Manager)
Tara and Rachel (New Padrino Program Manager)

The past few months have been packed with groups and activities taking place in our schools in Cuidad Vieja.

In February we had a group from Builders Beyond Borders join in the construction of our Básico. The group of High School students worked hard on laying the literal foundation for our school. Recently in April we had another group of students join our construction project working on plastering and cementing the new walls on the school. Both groups came to us from Connecticut thanks to our partners at Builders Beyond Borders.

Speaking of the Básico, we have made tremendous advances on the construction of the school. Check out the pictures below.

Our office has undergone some changes in the past quarter with new faces joining our team. The most prominent recruit is our new General Manager Tara McLaughlin! Tara comes to us with an extensive background working with NGOs in the US and Guatemala and is excited to be a part of our organization.

For more information on the goingson with Niños de Guatemala please like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter. As always feel free to contact us if you would like more information on any of our programs or activities.

Thank you for supporting Niños de Guatemala! 

Construction B3
Construction B3
B3 Construction
B3 Construction
Meeting our students
Meeting our students

NDG has the pleasure to announce that the Juan Bautista Gutierrez Foundation has once again supported us with a generous donation of Fortified Rice. Their donation of 40 boxes of Fortified Rice will have a significant impact on our feeding program that is currently providing a snack and meal to each of our 386 students.

The donation will help subsidize the costs our Nutrition and Health program, one of our largest expenses! Supporting this program gives us a greater ability to provide quality education to our students.

The initial donation came from Pan American Development Foundation, the charitable arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), thank you for making it all possible!

Please send a thank you to the Juan Bautista Gutierrez Foundation from us on social media and let them know how much we appreciate their support!

Facebook: FundacionJBG
Twitter: @FundacionJBG

Posing with our pallet of Fortified Rice
Posing with our pallet of Fortified Rice

NDG is pleased to announce that we are the recipients of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation’s 2014 Sustainability Award! In recognition of our stable financial model, we’ve been given a check for Q250,000.This generous donation will go toward materials for our programs as well as our básico school.

The Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation has been supporting community development projects focused on education and health in Guatemala for nearly thirty years. Their annual Apoyando a Quienes Apoyando (Supporting Those Who Support) grants are designed to recognize smaller NGOs for their work and to help with publicity and funding.

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive. In addition to writing a grant, our team gave a detailed presentation about our schools, their impact on the local communities, and how they are financed. More than forty-eight nonprofits across Guatemala were up for consideration.

In the end, it was our social businesses that led to NDG winning the Sustainability Award. Since our founding in 2006, we have opened both Cambio Spanish School and the Experience Guatemala Tour, which donate 100% of their profits back to NDG. Together, they constitute a reliable, independent source of funding for our projects that helps to supplement other donations. To learn more about our social businesses, please visit our website.

Many thanks to the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation for the incredible support!


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Friends of Ninos de Guatemala

Location: Antigua, Sacatapequez - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lea Ritter
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemala
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