Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019

by Integral Heart Foundation
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Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019
Funding The Integral Heart Family School in 2019

Good morning from Guatemala,

GivingTuesday happened this week, our single largest fundraising day of the year!

Thanks to you, we raised a little over $19,000 on the day, which was $4,000 beyond our goal for the day.

We are very happy about this!!

This newsletter is update #1 of 2, which we will send in a week or so with a link to all the great photos from our Holiday party at the school that also happened on GivingTuesday.

So, please be patient as we sort out all of the best photos for you.

With best wishes,

Mick Quinn & Debora Prieto
Co-Founders
And all the staff and students of The Integral Heart School in Guatemala.

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A warm hello from Guatemala. We hope this newsletter finds you well.

The season referred to in the title of this update is the rainy season. Here in Central America the rain start in May, eases a lot in July & August and generally tapers out by October. The most worrisome time for us though, is the month of September.

Since we first arrived to Guatemala we have only had one major storm (Agatha in 2010). This one caused a great loss of life, flooding and tremendous landslides.

Yet, even without a major hurricane passing directly over or by us, every year the rainy season saturates the earth which, at the end of season always tends to cause landslides.

This year we were lucky with the weather and we only had to close our school twice in the season. We constantly monitor the weather and if a lot of rain is forecast for a school day we will get in touch with families and tell them not to send the kids in that day. The reason for this is most of our kids live in areas that are prone to landslides, or they live in mountainside villages where the roads are prone to collapse.

So we try to guard against exposing them to traveling when landslides or flooding are likely. The other issue is the location of our school is also prone to flooding after heavy rain since on the corner of our street is the lowest point of the town of Antigua and rain quickly turns it into a lake!

But, thankfully the season is coming to an end, the sun is coming out for the next six months… a sweet reward indeed.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks and we hope you like our photos from this month at the Integral Heart Family School.

With best wishes,

A thank you note from our Friday morning kids!
A thank you note from our Friday morning kids!
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At the Integral Heart Foundation we understand the importance of early stimulation for children ages 0 to 6. This is the time of their lives when the children develop their personality and so we make sure that the kids engage in early attention activities regarding their age. We work in the following areas:

-         Gross motor control

-         Fine motor control

-         Language

-         Cognition

-         Personal development

-         Emotional development

-         Social development

With a different number of activities we also open the doors to the development of concentration and attention to the details. Among other exercises we work in this by: reading, building new things with the hands, playing games that make them run to certain point, stop when needed, sit down all of the sudden, and so on.

We also plant seeds and they learn the importance of nurturing, play with modeling clay, invent your own story, repeat words, learn to fold clothes in the right way, with detail, they also dance and develop social skills in team effort games. We teach them to express and describe their feelings with different stories and also using toys. We also put input on the importance of personal hygiene as well as home hygiene.

We do all of this by playing, sharing and having a good time. They love it, feel very engaged, develop better future skills, and learn at the same time to be a better and happier human being.

Thank you so much to all of you who make this possible.

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Our school is open five days per week from eight in the morning until five in the afternoon. Inside there is always movement with student, staff and parents coming and going. In the mornings we host classes for our students who attend to their public schools in the afternoons, while in the afternoon we offer classes to those who study in the mornings.

During the time our students are with us, they have healthy meals, read in our library, do art work, play and do their homework. Many of the kids have no chance of help at home with reading and writing and therefore our teachers help them to achieve greater grades at their schools.

We also have a program of mental, spiritual and emotional health. For that we have a psychologist who comes on weekly basis to our school to work with our teens and our staff as well.

Additionally, we have a Human Rights certified educator who comes twice per month to give talks to or entire group of students, staff and family members who are invited to attend.

The talks on Human Rights are all suited to the age of the group of the day and our educator, Licenciada Virginia, the regional director of the Guatemalan Human Rights Organization, is an expert in listening and caring for all of them. Not only does she give them her knowledge, but also her heart.

In these talks, subjects such as human trafficking, sexual abuse within and outside the family, alcohol and drug abuse, physical and psychological abuse, emotional burdens, and the loss of a loved ones are openly taught and discussed.

We believe that it is important for our children and their parents to know and understand their rights but also their obligations towards other human beings. The teacher is also willing and happy to listen in private to both, parents and children especially when someone has a personal matter which they do not want to bring up in public.

With her support and that of our psychologist, Licenciado Leonel, we have built a temple of safety and emotional wealth.

We are very happy to have them with us and we love their hearts and commitment to our people.

We couldn´t be more grateful to all of you who, thanks to your donations and support, we can continue giving these children a chance in life, and therefore, making of this a much better world.

Thank you so much!

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The school year began and our students went back to their public school classes as well as to our after-school programs (which in some cases is before school since the kids here in Guatemala only go to school in the mornings or afternoons).

Amongst our children we have a bunch of little ones (in the photos) who needed to begin school this year. But, we learned that some of our little ones weren´t going to be able to start at their public schools due to the lack of financial resources to do so. They come from large families with older siblings who are already studying. Through our social work, home visits and family meetings we were told by their parents that they had to decide between sending the old ones back to school or initiate the little ones in the world of learning.

All of these families agreed that it was impossible to send both.

We have been working some with these young kids for a long time and we knew that they were eager to begin learning at public school. Our core belief is that only through education their future will be different than that of their parents. The opportunities will be greater and they can earn better paid if they are educated.

And this is where we all came together with our Valentine’s Day Match Fundraiser which raised a total of $4,500 and brought in 3 new monthly donors which allowed us to send the little ones to school. Of course, our choice could never be possible without the help of all the generous donors, all of you, who support our work and their dreams.

All I can say is thank you all for, again, making a dream, that is also a human right, possible.

No better appreciation can be sent to all of you than the happy faces and smiles of all of those you support.

Thank you from all the members of the Integral Heart Family.

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Integral Heart Foundation

Location: Salt Lake City, UT - USA
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Project Leader:
Debora Prieto
Panorama, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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