Break The Cycle Of Poverty Through Education

by Friends of Ninos de Guatemala
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!

The Students
The Students' First Class on the Food Pyramid

The English program at both our Nuestro Futuro and El Porvenir schools has made incredible progress since its founding in 2013. While NDG previously relied on long-term volunteers to lead our English classes, we now have two full-time language teachers on staff that follow and adapt the national curriculum based on our students’ needs.

English is a critical skill for our students. Given the strength of the tourism industry in and around Antigua, even a basic grasp of English can dramatically improve a student’s chances of finding a stable job once he or she graduates from our program.

The students themselves continue to be highly enthusiastic about learning a foreign language, taking every opportunity to practice their English with our international volunteers. Based on their level of interest, we’re now considering launching an English afterschool program to reinforce and expand upon what they have been learning in the classroom. Some of the parents in our adult literary program, CONALFA, have even requested private English lessons from our teachers!

Our classes are divided in half for their English lessons in order to ensure that our teachers can monitor each child’s progress with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. While the lower grades are focused entirely on speaking and listening, the older students are now reading and writing as well.

In general, our English lessons reflect what the students are learning in their other classes. For example, while our second graders are studying healthy diets this month, they will also be learning about the food pyramid in English. What’s more, our classes are designed for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles, incorporating songs, hands-on activities, and plenty of visual aids.

Right now, our teachers are still working with limited materials, creating many of their exercises from scratch. In order to continue to grow our program, we need to purchase English-language textbooks, activities, posters, and games in the near future. If you would like to help us accomplish this goal and break the cycle of poverty through education, please donate today.

Thank you for your ongoing support!


Parents Hard at Work in the CONALFA Program
Parents Hard at Work in the CONALFA Program
Learning the Parts of the Body in English
Learning the Parts of the Body in English

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Friends of Ninos de Guatemala

Location: Antigua, Sacatapequez - Guatemala
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Project Leader:
Lea Ritter
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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