Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala

by Integral Heart Foundation
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala
Build a Brighter Future for 80 Kids in Guatemala

Good morning from Guatemala,

That is a cool subject, right?!

Well, there is a lovely story behind this piece of art.

It was handmade by a father of two students who are currently attending our school here in Antigua Guatemala. Saul is his name. He has worked at many things over his life but found out that he had a skill in working with fiberglass and plastic carvings and now is engaged in this work fulltime. His market of course is slightly higher-end than the regular construction work he had been doing and it is also not a taxing on him physically. 

This quote by Victor Hugo has been a favorite of Debora's and we commissioned it from Saul for the garden on our property here where it has hung, unfadingly, for some years now, as the overriding theme of this little space full of song birds, orchids and palm trees.

Saul's two children, Michel who is 9 years, and Amy who is 7 years have been attending our programs for almost 5 years. They are, as with each of our families, thrilled to be a part of our work, are very appreciative for the education they are receiving and for the food basket we are able to afford for their family because of our sponsorship programs.

Other recent highlights: Our April 50% Match week and we started with a goal of finding 150 unique donors. We found 250!  Yes, 100 more than we had set as our team goal. This outpouring of support for our work here in Guatemala landed us in 9th place overall (of 5,500 organizations participating) and also earned us Match Funds of $4,800 for a total gross receipt on the week of $16,000!!  We also brought in 11 new monthly donors during this match week (WOW!).

And the President of Guatemala spoke recently and is dropped most mask mandates but sadly did not mention the schools which are currently allowed to operate but with strict controls on occupancy. We measured our spaces and are following the current rules which is allowing us to have 14 students at one time in the school. We are also working with the hybrid model that is being used in public school whereby the student get some tuition in-class and the rest is homework. We are awaiting further updates in May.

We would like to wish you a happy start of summer and we will be in touch soon with more news.

With love and respect,

Mick, Debora and all the students and staff
of Integral Heart School Guatemala.


About us:

Integral Heart was founded in 2011 by Mick Quinn and Debora Prieto.
They had vacationed in Guatemala in 2009 and were drawn to its beauty but also felt compelled to respond directly to the potential they saw in the younger generations. They have lived year-round in Guatemala ever since.

The Integral Heart Family School is 100% crowdfunded. We currently have 225 individuals whose monthly and annual donations support our work. The core team of Sustaining Sponsors raises about one half of the total funds needed to operate our school and programs. The rest of the funding is raised in special events and in participation with our funding partner, GlobalGiving based in Washington D.C.

Education is the heart of our work. Our school is home to 65 children receiving classes in Spanish, English, Psychology, Human Rights, Homework Help, Art and serves 1,500 meals monthly.  Since 2011, our programs have delivered classes and support to over 1,200 students and their families in Guatemala. We also provide over a food basket to each of our 45 sponsored families.

Photo updates of our work:
We update our photo albums twice per month here: 
https://www.facebook.com/integralheartfamily

5-year Dream Plan: We are saving to buy/build a school which incorporates our existing educational programs and an animal rescue center. Imagine, One Child - One Animal :-)
If you would like to see our plans for this, click here :-)
https://www.integralheartfoundation.org/DreamPlan.pdf

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Greetings from Guatemala.

In writing this, our first news update of 2022, I got to thinking… what is our purpose? What do we offer? What have we achieved? Not only over these last, rather trying two years, but since Integral Heart Family was first founded back in 2011.

Then, as if Facebook knew what I was mulling, up popped this memory. In the top photo above is my lovely wife Debora, and fellow IHF co-founder, standing with a family we met through an organization we had volunteered with in 2010.

Their situation was dire, just look at the expression on the mom’s face…

And the photo underneath this is one I asked this very same family to take it for me when they visited where they used to live for their Christmas celebrations. Mari is seen with her two sons and her daughter.

Mari, the mom, is now the director of our school. She started working for us in 2011 cleaning our house and over the years proved herself to be determined and tenacious. When we needed someone to guide us around the slums where she used live, we turned to Mari. When we needed someone to help us build our roster of families, it was Mari. She now has a personal relationship with each one of our 80 children and each of their families and caretakers.

Mari is a living example and vivid answer to my questions. Our purpose is to help people pull themselves out of generational poverty which we achieve through our educational programs at the school, with English, Spanish, Homework Help and Human Right classes. We offer support and love, and a safe place for their children to grow and develop.

And we can do all of this only with your help! So, thank you very, very much!!

Moving forward; We are looking forward to the re-opening of our school starting in February 2022 (considering all current health regulations).  Everybody is super-excited! We are happy and looking forward to feeling our hearts and souls with the laughter and love that our kids deliver by their presence.

All our love and best wishes to you all your loved ones,

The Integral Heart Family in Guatemala

About us:
Mick Quinn and Debora Prieto founded Integral Heart back in 2011. They vacationed in Guatemala in 2009 and we drawn to its beauty but also felt compelled to respond directly to the potential they saw in the younger generations. They both live year-round in Guatemala.

The Integral Heart Family School is 100% crowdfunded. We currently have 235 individuals whose monthly and annual donations support our work. The core team of Sustaining Sponsors raises about one half of the total funds needed to operate our school and programs.

Education is the heart of our work. Our school is home to 80 children receiving classes in Spanish, English, Psychology, Human Rights, Homework Help, Art and serves 1,500 meals monthly.  Since 2011, our programs have delivered classes and support to over 1,200 students and their families in Guatemala. We have also provided over 2,500 food baskets to our 40 sponsored families.

Photo updates of our work:
We update our photo albums twice per month here: 
https://www.facebook.com/integralheartfamily

With love and respect,

Mick, Debora and all the students and staff
of Integral Heart School Guatemala

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Dear Family, we hope you are all doing great This month is very special one for Guatemala and its people. On September the 15th, Guatemalans celebrated 200 years of independence from the Spanish.


And our staff and our kids were excited about this day also because it fell right in the middle of our GlobalGiving $50x50% Match week! So we have a big party at the school (following all rules of course).

The families came by to pick up their food baskets and we had a toy of each of the boys and girls and a blue and while cupcake for each in honor of the colors of the Guatemalan flag.

The funding week was a great success, we met, and then exceed our goal bringing in 235 individual donations (for a total of $13,500 raised and 13 new monthly donors signing up) and since we are 100% crowdfunded we were super appreciative of all the support. Attached are some photos of the day.

In the meantime we continue working with our families and kids with their homework and grocery basket deliveries. We also happy to tell you that we can take care of their emotional and sometimes health problems as part of our work with your support.

About us:
The Integral Heart Family School is 100% crowdfunded. We currently have 255 individuals whose monthly and annual donations support our work. The core team of Sustaining Sponsors raises about one half of the total funds needed to operate our school and programs.

Education is the heart of our work. Our school is home to 80 children receiving classes in Spanish, English, Psychology, Human Rights, Homework Help, Art and serves 1,500 meals monthly.  Since 2011, our programs have delivered classes and support to over 1,200 students and their families in Guatemala. We have also provided over 2,500 food baskets to our 40 sponsored families.

Photo updates of our work
We update our photo albums twice per month here: 
https://www.facebook.com/integralheartfamily

With love and respect,

Mick, Debora and all the students and staff
of Integral Heart School Guatemala

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Dear Integral Heart Family near and far,

Our school in Guatemala remains closed for now as the restrictions are still in place and the authorities have not yet decided to allow us to reopen even though the country has been essentially fully reopened since October 1 of last year.

Despite this on-going situation our kids and their families continue with their nutrition program as well as with their home school education, both Online and Offline.

We are delivering and picking up homework from our 83 kids each week. Luckily they live close to two central locations where our staff can meet up with their moms. These locations are also where we meet the moms to drop off the food baskets, in lieu of the nutrition program we had offered at our school.

And, we also forward a group of the moms ‘saldo’ or phone credit each week so that their kids can participate in online classes!  You can see some photos below of our on-going efforts.

We are simply doing our part but you all make this work possible. No matter what, and even with the challenging economic situation we are all living through these days, you continue to spur on the trust in and love for the Integral Heart Family School Guatemala.

Our hearts go with you and our appreciation is profound. THANK YOU!

With our best wishes and we hope you enjoy the latest photos.

Mick, Debora, and all the Staff and Students of IHF School. 

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Home-study continues!
Home-study continues!

Greetings from Guatemala,

2020 ended with a 22% increase in gross funding.

This is an awesome outcome and left us in a great position for this new year.

And, to add to our success we are kicking off the 2021 funding program with our
Hearts For Hearts Day which is happening on Friday, February 12th.
This is a one-day event for which we have private $5,000 Match in honor of Valentine's Day.

More details soon :-)

We had planned to reopen on February 1st but as you can read in the notice below that will not be happenig yet. Therefore, our home deliveries of food baskets and homework to all of our sponsored families and student will continue until we get more news from the Ministry of Education.

With best wishes and with deep appreciation, 


'Public and Private Educational Centres are not authorized to teach in person classes.

The Departmental Director of Education of Sacatepéquez, Miguel Hern ándndez Cordoba reported that because of Sacatepéquez in red alert by the Pandemic, face classes are not authorized.
′′ No school or official establishment is allowed to receive students in person, even so family parents apply Hernandez C órrdoba said.'
Our staff shopping for home food baskets
Our staff shopping for home food baskets
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