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Magical Classroom

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Magical Classroom

Dear friends,

We are delighted to share with you our delight and satisfaction that we’ve completed another successful year of studies. The academic year came to an end on the 26th October, and our students have shown to us their great intelligence and how much they have learned over the year. As well as learning about colours, numbers and developing their writing skills, they are considerably more sociable. It’s incredible to see the advances that they have made during the year, as well as the knowledge that they have acquired. We are extremely happy with our children and above all, immensely proud of every single one of them.

We are also very proud to have worked and supported the communities which are in very rural and remote locations of our homeland of Guatemala, where the conditions are challenging, with trees, mountains as well considerable amounts of rain and mud.  It is in this difficult environment where our children live, and it is they who have the most need to learn and develop skills which will allow them to develop academically.

We are very grateful of everyone who supports our work, as your support shows that we are not alone in our mission to achieve our objective of providing high-quality education to our children in the regions with the most need. Many thanks as always for all of your valuable support!

We look forward to being in touch again soon and we wish you all the very best!

Hello dearest friends, 

At the beginning of this year I informed you that we began with 25 Magical Classrooms!, distributed accross Huehuetenango, Retalhuleu, and Solola. With the passage of months we have had the opportunity to get to know and be able to work in more communities in need of preschool education. 

We are now supporting more children in different rural communities in Guatemala, and are working in El Quiche and in Escuintla! We are providing them with high quality pre-primary education adapted to their needs, as well as giving them the fortified vitamin drink “Chispudito” every day as part of our nutrition program. We have had great results with the health of our kids because of this drink! We are very grateful to the organization Miracles in Action, which has been a large support for us to be able to reach more communities!

We are very happy and satisfied with the work we are carrying out for so many children who live in poverty and in communities where education and other basic needs are lacking. 

Now we are working in 5 regions that have a lot of need in Guatemala, and we have a total of 33 facilitators distributed across these regions. We want to support and reach more communities with need, but we depend on future donations, and the need is large. We will continue working and growing, with the goal of reaching more communities in the country for the well being of our kids! 

Best regards, and until next time!

Magical Classroom and Let’s Be Ready are programs that operate almost exclusively in rural communities in remote places, where food security and a lack of socioeconomic mobility are very real issues.

We have finished our first year with Magical Classroom and Let’s Be Ready where we served a total of 765 children that received Chispuditos, a fortified micronutrient beverage offered as a healthy snack while attending the rural preschool sessions in more than 35 communities. Currently we are in the process of analyzing the anthropometry and morbidity data, however we are happy to share that we completed the hemoglobin and anemia analysis, and found a dramatic decrease in the proportion of children with anemia (prevalence of anemia) in the children after receiving Chispuditos during the school year.

 74.1% decrease in the prevalence of anemia on our first year!

Furthermore, the academic success rate of Let’s be Ready kindergarten students passing first grade is over 90%, with over 70% successfully completing primary school. We will continue to provide Chispuditos during 2018, and are expecting to reach more than 600 beneficiaries.

Dear friends,

We have begun our school year of 2018! In January we had our first training, learning new techniques to develop in class with our kids. We also learned much more of fine and gross motor skills, and of course couldn’t leave out our learning corners made with recycled materials! We have 25 young facilitators trained and ready to work with our kids. The training was one week total shared with our 25 facilitators, all from different rural communities in Guatemala: 10 from Huehuetenango, 10 from Retalhuleu and 5 from Sololá.

Our facilitators are very enthusiastic to be able to develop their classes in each of their communities! Classes began in the first week of February. We are very happy to be able to begin the new school year with our supporters and partners: Miracles in Action, F. Tillotson G., The Mathile Institute, GoPhilanthropic, Starfish One by One and Friends: to all, we are so grateful for the huge support you give us and the confidence in our program!

Our best wishes for you all!

Lights, camera, action!
Lights, camera, action!

A few months ago we were fortunate enough to host our amazing friends at GoPhilanthropic during their visit to Guatemala as they explored the challenges of development work in country. Interested not just in helping securing additional for the work we do, GoPhil is unique in that they also care just as much about improving our overall organizational capacity. This last aspect has us especially excited as we aspire to someday become leaders in educational solutions in Guatemala and beyond and GoPhilanthropic has just the tools that we need to do so.

Please check out this amazing video made by GoPhil detailing their time in Guatemala and the important work that their local partners do (I’ll give you all a hint: we’re one of them!). For personal reference much of the rural scenery featured in the video was shot in our most rural program region, Chiantla, Huehetenango. We are currently hoping to add additional classrooms in this particular area and could support from readers (and now viewers) like you!


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Lets Be Ready

Location: Longmont, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Fred Zambroski
Longmont, CO United States
$17,789 raised of $50,000 goal
132 donations
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