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
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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

HELLO FROM LOS PATOJOS IN GUATEMALA!

In 12 years we have grown from 3 students to over 400!

We celebrated our 12th anniversary with our students and their families in the Los Patojos way, with art festivals, chess tournaments, music festivals, food and games shared amongst all our children and youth.

 

Despite tumultuous times in Guatemala, we are persisting and keeping our goal of freeing these children from a life with little hope to one of a future full of possibilities. 

We are teaching these children how to find their passion, how to persist at becoming the best they can through hard work and dedication and how to never give up.  We can see these traits in our first graduating class of 30 students who will complete their 9th Grade in October, another first for Los Patojos!

 

Thank you to all our loyal friends all over the world who have made our success possible.  We truly appreciate the support and we promise to continue to work every day to give these children and their families an education complete with love and hope for a better future.

Juan Pablo & Rafa

Los Patojos, Dreams & Ideas in Action

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At Los Patojos We Will Never Give Up.

The last few months have been difficult with a disastrous eruption from the Fuego volcano, but we are persisting. Los Patojos has accepted new families from the affected areas into our program. They can now be healthy, safe and with our program, create a new future for themselves through education, art and love.

Denery is an example of how change is possible. He came to Los Patojos at 10 years of age. In his own words, he had experienced many familial problems, but the school programs have totally changed his life. He now is happy with his life and environment. As well as studying in Grade 7, Denery found three passions; one is to be part of the bakery team, another is to teach younger children how to bake and the third is photography. Working in the bakery team has provided him with new ways of thinking, new ways of learning how to work in a team which he says has been a beautiful experience. He says some of the most special moments for him are when the bakery team, his fellow students and the teachers share knowledge with each other. These lessons he knows will help him in his future. He wants to finish high school, go to college and eventually attend university.

 

When we give a child an opportunity to be educated, to think for themselves, to change the future rather than dwell on the past, we give them hope. Denery is on the path to a better future.

Thank you to all the donors who have helped us this last year, Denery and every one of the 390 children appreciate your assistance.

Muchas Gracias!

Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes

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Omar is a beautiful example of what can be achieved when we give a child an opportunity. He does not dwell on the struggles of his home life, instead, he is pursuing his goals and dreams.

Omar with one of his siblings at Los Patojos.

Omar has been in our school project for 8 years. He is studying in the 8th Grade and doing well. In a country where less than 50% of students graduate from Grade 8, he is already overcoming the odds. He is keenly aware of the advantages he has with access to free education, nutritional food, the medical clinic and the arts program at the centre. He shows his appreciation by helping others. He comes every morning to help the younger children in pre-primary, to clean the school and assist wherever he is needed. For his time we are giving him a bonus each month of $40.00 which he uses to help to feed his 5 siblings.

Omar has also discovered at Los Patojos that he is a very talented artist. He attends every available workshop and also helps the younger children to learn how to paint and draw. This is essential to his personal growth and success. He has a passion for art which gives him dignity and a sense of accomplishment, despite his family struggles.

Omar’s artwork with two volunteer artists.

Omar is just one example amongst the 370 children we are helping every day to overcome their problems and to look to a better future for themselves and their families.

Without your support, none of our work would be possible. Please accept our thanks and continue to help us to give these kids a chance to create a new and better future.

Muchas Gracias

Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes

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The children have returned to school in Jocotenango and the program is in full swing.  The students were very excited to be back in their healthy and safe environment.

During our 11 years of working with the children and youth in Jocotenango, it became very apparent that after the 9th Grade they needed a better program to ensure they were not succumbing to the violence in the streets, to the gangs, nor to drugs and alcohol which are all too prevalent in our community.  With help from a Guatemalan family, we have now secured new land where these young ones are learning life skills and training that will give them a future where they can be proud and contributing citizens.

At our new centre in San Miguel Duenas, an Agricultural Engineer is volunteering his time to teach the youth how to successfully grow vegetable crops which helps to feed the children at the school. Any excess they are then selling in Jocotenango at a little shop they opened.  They also sell bread and cookies that they bake themselves.  The life skills that they are learning will ensure that they can achieve gainful employment and be contributing members of society.

Sergio setting up the store with the day's baking and Mynor with produce they grew to sell.

According to US AID, “In Guatemala, more than two million out-of-school youth between the ages of 15 and 24, including 600,000 in the Western Highlands, do not have basic life or vocational skills to enter the workforce.  Youth face increasingly difficult conditions, including high levels of unemployment, social and economic marginalization, rapid urbanization, increasing crime, and lack of basic services.  Long-term, sustainable development and improved equity in Guatemala will only be possible if the education of children and youth continues to improve.”

Youth from our school learning how to tile.

Youth team working together to create the new school/sports centre in San Miguel Duenas.

This is our mission at Los Patojos and with your help, we are achieving our goals. 

Muchas Gracias Juan Pablo, Los Patojos, Dreams & Ideas in Action,

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We are taking back the streets of a once dangerous area in Jocotenango, Guatemala

The children are now able to play, to be young and free as they deserve. The school/community centre, Los Patojos, is a safe haven where more than 370 children are being fed, educated and cared for with love and with hope for a better future.

We are also very proud to announce that Los Patojos is expanding. We have been given land and buildings in two more communities in Guatemala where we will duplicate the success of our school/community centre.





We thank each and every donor who has helped us to achieve success and ask that you continue to support these children as they improve their lives and secure their future in a better Guatemala.

Muchas Gracias! Juan Pablo







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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
$158,423 raised of $200,000 goal
 
773 donations
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