Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education

by Los Patojos, Dreams & Ideas in Action
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Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education
Help 500 Guatemalan Children Receive an Education

WE ARE BACK IN ACTION!!!


Our school is open to in-person classes, we managed to organize all of our students in groups, so they can come twice per week to participate in all of the activities we offer. As yet, our government has not given us permission to fully open. We have been preparing for months to give our students the best welcome back to school. Our teachers are creating innovative programs to capture the interest of all the students and keep them on the path to being educated.


Some of our senior students.



Our team has interviewed, personally, every student and separately their parents. We were very disturbed to learn that 20% of our students have been seriously affected by the pandemic, including malnutrition, psychological and physical abuse, and of course economic hardship. In response, we have developed a Wellness Program to assist our students in their recovery. We hired a Psychologist who will create and implement not just personal help to those most severe cases but also create and deliver workshops in groups for the children, for the parents, as well as for the teachers.




Gabriel Rosales, a former student and now a teacher of our team interviewing a mother of our program.


Our students are very excited to come back to school, some have been knocking on the door to see if classes had already started since the first days of January. Paolo is one of them, he came to the school every day even though classes had not started, our school is a safe haven from the tough reality he goes through every day at home. He started to attend El Patojismo in 2017. Paolo is very energetic, compassionate, and always willing to contribute to any school activity. In his own words he needs the school as here he feels safe, he can participate in art which he loves, as well as sports.



Paolo 13 years old a 7th grader with Nelson whose been with us since he was 3 years old.



IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE TO HELP THESE KIDS IN THE WAY THEY DESERVE WITHOUT THE INCREDIBLE SUPPORT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM OUR FAITHFUL DONORS; WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS.

MUCHAS GRACIAS, JUAN PABLO AND THE TEAM AT LOS PATOJOS, DREAMS, AND IDEAS IN ACTION.

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WE ARE SENDING YOU GREETINGS FROM GUATEMALA


We are very excited that our academies for extracurricular activities are getting stronger than ever. Since we are not allowed to have all of our students back to school at once due to COVID-19 restrictions, our team strives to implement the necessary hygiene protocols so our students can go back to in-person activities. Regardless of this impediment, most of our students have been able to attend our online programs but some have no access to internet connection, so we have been increasing our efforts to allow our students to access the diverse resources we offer.




We are giving 7-9 classes daily to different groups of children and teenagers. Some of the classes we are offering are music, art, sports, chess, cooking, computer training/basic programing, and educational reinforcement.

Mayte and Arianna are sisters that have been part of El Patojismo since 2015. Sadly, these girls are having difficult situations at home with their family due to the lock down and economic problems from the pandemic. Thankfully, the extracurricular activities at the school have been a way to keep them in touch with their innocent/creative minds, but most importantly to proper meals. Mayte and Arianna have been able to receive 5 online classes per week through their parents’ WhatsApp. Additionally, on Wednesday mornings, they are assisting marimba (Guatemala’s national instrument) lessons following their art class and, at the end of the week, they participate in the chess club. Both of them love and enjoy all the classes that they receive at the project.





We are very proud to say that we are witnessing the powerful benefits and impact that these academies have and will continue having on our students’ wellness and lives.





Without your generous and ongoing support, we would not have been able to serve and support these two smart and sweet girls and the other 498 children in our school. We thank you and want you to know that we truly appreciate each and every one of you. Your support is vital, please help us continue to give these 500 kids a chance at a better future.





We thank you and want you to know that we truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Muchas Gracias from El Patojismo, Guatemala.

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WE ARE SENDING YOU GREETINGS FROM GUATEMALA


We are very happy to tell you we are now permitted to bring students back to the school in small groups, finally. We are starting with the younger students that have the most challenging lives. Our return includes a medical assessment as well as hands-on attention from their teachers. We are so happy to welcome them, to hear them laugh and engage with their fellow students and teachers.





The construction of our new secondary school is moving along at a rapid pace, without delays nor problems. Our goal is to finish the school within one year and move our senior students to a new, modern and functional school complete with a technology program, English program, a cooking school program and our regular curriculum including arts, music and academics.





Angel is an example of why we will never give up. When Angel came to our school he was undernourished and troubled due to familial problems. He was mainly alone with his older brother, they had to rely on neighbors to share food with them. We have worked with Angel and his father for more than 9 years. The father is now taking care of his sons and working full time. Angel has changed; during his time with us, his health has recovered and he is doing well in his studies. He is in 5th Grade, doing well academically and participating in sports. He loves both basketball and art classes. He wants to be a cook when he grows up.







Our international and national donors are the true heroes here. Without your generous and ongoing support, we would not have been able to serve and support hundreds of children in our country. We thank you and want you to know that we truly appreciate each and every one of you. Please continue to support our school.

Muchas Gracias from El Patojismo, Guatemala.

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WE SEND YOU GREETINGS FROM GUATEMALA, WE HOPE YOU ARE SAFE AND WELL.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL FRIENDS WHO GAVE US SUCH WONDERFUL SUPPORT OVER THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WE ARE TRULY GRATEFUL.

After a short break for the holidays our team is back and working every day to ensure our students are safe, fed and continuing their education.

We are very excited to report that we have begun construction of the new secondary school campus. With funding from Canada, the United States and Guatemala we were able to get our permits and begin the process. We have four of our graduate students working as apprentices with the Architect-Constructor. This process is very important to the philosophy of our school, we must not only educate young Guatemalans, but we have to help them secure a more promising future, and the best way to do this is to ensure they have employment, 72% of our families do not have permanent employment.


El Patojismo Construction Apprentices

Gabriel is another example of how we are supporting our young graduates to create a better future for themselves and their families. Gabriel is a very talented senior student. In his own words he expressed his experience as a student in Los Patojos: “My favorite part of the school is that students are given the opportunity to function in areas where they demonstrate talent by supporting them during the learning process of those activities.” Gabriel has shown incredible aptitude for technological studies. He not only excels at his own accomplishments, but is helping the whole program by repairing older computers, teaching younger students lessons on programming and coding. This year he is creating a computer club for those students that wish to enhance their technological abilities. A visiting professor from a Canadian university stated that Gabriel’s level of understanding is at or above first year university.

The support of so many friends through GlobalGiving is vital to our program, without our donors and friends, none of these accomplishments would have been possible. We are truly thankful. We hope we can count on your continued support.

Juan Pablo, Melissa and the team at Los Patojos, Dreams & Ideas in Action

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We hope all our national and international friends are safe and healthy. This has been a very difficult time for everyone and we sincerely hope 2021 will be a better year for all.

Despite the difficulties, we have not stopped serving our community. Since many of our families were without jobs, we instituted a program to assist those in extreme need with food packets. This is an ongoing program, but now that some are back at work, we have less families in dire circumstances. We delivered 1,942 food packets to 12,623 people!


EXCITING NEWS!!

We have begun work on our new land for the Secondary School campus. Together with the architect, some of our youth participated in building an outdoor bathroom facility so we can begin to have sports activities. We can now bring our friends and potential donors to activities on the land for fundraising purposes


Through our continuing work on line with our senior students, 22 of them qualified and are ready to graduate Grade 11, which is the end of high school in Guatemala. It was not easy for them the last few months, we are very proud of their perseverance.


Ester is a shining example of our program’s success. Ester was sent home from her public school 5 years ago for misconduct, they would not allow her to return. She was suffering from personal instability due to violence at home. She came to the Los Patojos school and with help from our team, found her leadership skills and blossomed into a very dedicated and skilled senior student. She was selected by Guatemala to attend a workshop in Costa Rica on the Voices of Girls in Central America where she


learned to never give up. She became a soccer coach for the younger children and is training at a women’s academy in the department where Jocotenango is located, as well as assisting the primary teachers with their young students during the mornings. In her own words, Los Patojos has helped her to understand we all have different abilities, when we discover them and pursue them we win, negative thoughts no longer matter. Her goal is to study sports psychology - we will help her in any way we can.

All of these accomplishments, operating the primary and secondary school, offering music classes, dance classes, advanced computer lessons, English classes and sports activities would not be possible without the tremendous support we receive nationally and internationally. Please help us to continue to give these 400 kids a chance at a better future.

 

Los Patojos, Dreams & Ideas in Action Guatemala

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Los Patojos, Dreams & Ideas in Action

Location: Jocotenango - Guatemala
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Project Leader:
Juan Romero Fuentes
Jocotenango, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$128,039 raised of $200,000 goal
 
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