Win a Luxury African Safari for Only $20

September 15th, 2017

Who doesn’t remember being six years old, face to face with a huge, gorgeous elephant? The elephant takes giant step after giant step towards you, all before opening its mouth to enormous dimensions to take in some well-earned grass from the savanna. The sun glows brightly overhead while the herd’s baby elephants spend some playtime in the nearby watering hole. Then, suddenly, your mom calls your name, the herd scatters, and poof! You’re startled out of your daydream.

Around here, most of us aren’t lucky enough to actually get to see an elephant in the wild. But YOU may get to live out your wildest childhood daydreams because…

This year’s luxury raffle winner will enjoy a six-day, six-night South African Safari for two!

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How could you say no to that adorable face?

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Summer 2017 Tour Highlights

August 18th, 2017

Twice a year our US staff packs up and heads south to share with CoEd supporters the beauty of Guatemala and the impact they’re having on its beautiful people. This summer’s tour season might, in fact, have been the largest one ever! Almost 80 people joined us on the Helping Hands, Snapshot, and Heritage tours in July and August. As you can imagine, we have no shortage of stories and photos from those trips, so here are our top five.

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Our first-ever Heritage Tour, designed specifically for families connected to Guatemala through adoption, was a huge success.

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Meet: The Scholarship Squad!

August 17th, 2017

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Education and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

August 16th, 2017

As a CoEd supporter, you know the value of education. You’ve put textbooks into the hands of Guatemalan students for the first time, witnessed students demonstrating their tech skills in brand new computer centers, seen classrooms transform under the skill of a trained teacher, and celebrated the accomplishments of students in the Scholarship & Youth Development Program. That’s why we are thrilled to share that the UN has put new emphasis on the value of education too! You may have heard that in 2015, the UN laid out 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world. Well, not only is quality education one of those goals, but a separate report by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) explained that education is critical to achieving all of the goals!

This Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report was prepared using research gathered by educational experts and institutions from around the world. Read on to learn how the GEM Report connected education to each sustainable development goal and how your support of CoEd (especially our Scholarship Program) is moving the world closer to each one!

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Riding with Augusto

July 14th, 2017
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Augusto Bal, CoEd Textbook Program Coordinator

While in Guatemala on a project tour this February, I got to climb into a truck with one of our Textbook Program Coordinators and ask him about his work. Augusto Bal is a jolly, Mayan grandpa of a man whose presence immediately calms and gladdens the heart. He has 23 years of experience in the field of education, many of which he spent as principal at various public schools and as the superintendent of Guatemala’s Chimaltenango department. Now, Augusto coordinates and supports Textbook Program activities such as recruitment of new schools, teacher training, book delivery, and providing support to the 193 schools already in the program. He’s passionate about the way our program inspires entire communities of people to place value on education, and permanently fills the need for textbooks through its sustainable model.

Check out what he had to say about the program and what it means to him, and remember—YOU are making all of Augusto’s wonderful work possible.

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A Life of Service: The Story of Scholarship Program Graduate Tiofila

July 13th, 2017

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Indigenous girls like Tiofila Sofía Monroy Tunché are at the very bottom of the social and economic hierarchy from the time they are born. Because of a cultural notion that girls aren’t worth educating, many Guatemalan girls face a life of poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy. More than half are married by age 18, and less than one in ten girls graduate from high school.

Tiofila had big dreams: to get a degree in computers, find work, and earn enough money to support her mother. But since most of her nine siblings dropped out of school before completing sixth grade, her odds of completing a degree seemed very slim. Without the proper education and experience, Tiofila would never be able to accomplish her dream.

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Meet Our New CFO: Jason!

July 13th, 2017

We first met Jason Terwilliger back in 2013 when he arrived to audit our financials for the first time. After that we saw Jason each spring, bustling around the office and helping us make sure that all of our financial ducks were in a row. Then in May, he decided to come work for us! (That means our financials must be pretty great, right?) We sat down with Jason to learn a little more about him and his new role as our Chief Financial Officer.

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Name: Jason Terwilliger

Hometown: Dunnville, Kentucky

Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Georgetown College

Fun Fact: Jason has trained in Los Angeles to become a Bikram yoga instructor!

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Our Partnership with Rotary is Stronger Than Ever!

June 20th, 2017

Chances are you’ve seen this golden wheel around, but do you know what it represents?

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We’re Joining Girls CHARGE!

June 19th, 2017

We know that you understand the importance of education for kids in rural Guatemala, and especially for the chicas.

But did you know that USAID has stated that “educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment available in the developing world”? Well, now you do!

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Staff Profile: Jess!

June 19th, 2017

This month marks 15 years since our beloved Jess started working with CoEd! She serves as our Liaison to Rotary International and plays a key role in the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). The GLP is our collaboration with Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the world, who are also dedicated to improving education for underserved students in Guatemala. It was established in 1997, less than a year after CoEd’s founding, and has exponentially increased the good that we have been able to do together for Guatemalan students.

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Name: Jessica Stieritz

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Education: BA, English, Xavier University

Hobbies and interests: my three kids, social justice, editing

 

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