Meet our newest member of the Integral Heart Family School.
Genesis is her name.
Genesis came to our school for the first time two weeks ago. She is 5 years old and she is not yet studying in public school. She is only attending speech therapy twice per week.
She hails from humble circumstances. Her mom works making tortillas and his dad is a construction helper. And she has four brothers.
They live on a hillside slum overlooking Antigua called Vista Hermosa (Beautiful View) in Jocotenango, Guatemala. Over half of our families live here.
Genesis came to our school because her mother heard about our work and spoke talked to Marisol, our school director. She wanted her daughter to have a place to go where there were more children of her own age so that she could literally talk more. Otherwise, Genesis would just be a home alone during the day.
Luckily she does not have a full-blown disability, just a speech deficit that can improve with, structure, healthy interactions, chit-chat with kids her own age and of course some expert therapy.
As one of teachers told me “We would love to know what she wants to be when she grows up but she can't explain it to us!”
Genesis is cute as a button and full of energy and loving her time at our school. I met her for the first time this week and I wanted to share her story.
Students like Genesis are benefitting from your support! So, thank you!!!
Mick & Debora Co-founders
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 220 individuals whose monthly and annual donations support our work.
This 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 70 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 a food basket to each of our 45 sponsored families.
See our Full History in photos: IHF School History Since 2010
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 :-)
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