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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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
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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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Santa Lucia: A School of Poets

May 19th, 2017

In February, 31 volunteers travelled to Guatemala with us and helped Santa Lucía middle school celebrate the inauguration of their Textbook Program.

It was a momentous occasion, filled with sunshine, laughter, music, dancing, and some very important words spoken by leaders of the local community. Today we’d like to share what they said with you! We’re convinced that this is a school full of poets, because their words on the importance of education were dazzling. Take it all in—these words were meant for YOU!

“Where there is education, there are no classes.”

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On Sponsors and Students: “You Are Important to Me”

April 17th, 2017

When Rebecca Wilks went on her first CoEd tour in 2007, she never imagined that she and her husband Marco would end up changing a young person’s life—and being changed by her in return. But as she ate lunch with a friend and the two Scholarship Program students that her friend was sponsoring, she knew she had to become a sponsor too: “I was so impressed with these two, and with the program in general, that I persuaded my husband that we should participate.”

A short while later, Rebecca and Marco met Florentina Taquez (Flor) for the first time. “She was twelve and painfully quiet, yet she had a steadfast determination,” Rebecca wrote in a blog post about their relationship with Flor.

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Flor, soon after she began the program.

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Cande Daniela: On the Path to Healing

April 17th, 2017

Guatemala computer student

“The computer will be a tool I can use to defend myself against any problems I face.”

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