Riding with Augusto

July 14th, 2017
Textbook Program Latin American Guatemala

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

girls education Latin America

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.

jason

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?

rotary international

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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!

girls education Latin America

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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.

jess

Name: Jessica Stieritz

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Education: BA, English, Xavier University

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

 

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Spotlight on the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation

June 19th, 2017

In addition to our FABULOUS scholarship sponsors and famous friends, there are a host of foundations that have chosen to throw their weight behind the Thousand Girls Initiative. Today we’d like to introduce you to one of them: the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation.

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Fall Fiesta: Ready for another Record-Breaking Year?

May 19th, 2017

Nonprofit event invitation

You blew us all away at last year’s Fall Fiesta by raising nearly $170,000 for CoEd’s educational programs in Guatemala. That’s right, $170,000. And we know that we can do it again this year! Read the rest of this entry »

CoEd Staff Share Their Essential Guatemala Travel Items

May 19th, 2017

Ever wondered what our seasoned, Guatemala-trotting staff make sure to always pack when they head to the Land of Eternal Spring? This month we took a survey to find out. Check out our favorite travel items and get excited for your next (or first!) Guatemalan adventure.

(Psst—We’ve got three summer tours for you, but they’re filling up fast! Better sign up quick.)

Guatemala Volunteer Travel

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Dora María Cardenas Figueroa: A Classroom Transformed

May 19th, 2017
Guatemalan primary school reading program

Dora María and her student Antony

Before the Culture of Reading Program (CORP) arrived at Agua Dulce school, Dora María’s classroom looked like most other first- and second-grade classrooms in rural Guatemala. There were no storybooks, just a whiteboard and some markers. Dora María used the teaching techniques she had learned while studying teaching in high school, which is all the training that is required of primary school teachers in Guatemala. “They would just copy and copy and copy,” she says.

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