Shout Out to Our Canadian Friends

February 17th, 2017

A little over a year ago, we announced the birth of Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education, our partner organization in Canada! Since then, Canadians have been coming out of the woodwork to help raise money for deserving kids in Guatemala. They’re presenting to Rotary clubs, spreading the word among their friends and colleagues, and even carrying pictures of students who need scholarships to their doctors’ offices. (You know who you are…)

To continue fostering this partnership, we’ve established a Canadian Advisory Board, filled with amazing people who are passionate about helping kids in Guatemala. The board meets every other month, and members from all over Canada join virtual meetings to talk strategy, share successes, and dream up new ways to spread the word. Board member Greg Podmore says it was an easy decision to get involved because it gives him “the chance to help some lovely children work their way, through education, out of poverty, so they can make better lives.”

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Greg had great fun in Guatemala.

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The Next 20 Years

February 16th, 2017

We wrapped up our interview with CoEd founders Joe and Jeff by asking what they envision for the next 20 years of breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala. Their answer?

  • Create integrated solutions to poverty in partnership with Idea Global, our partner organization that focuses on early childhood development through nutrition and stimulation during the 1,000 days of life.
  • See change on a systemic scale.
  • Expand educational opportunities for girls.
  • Share our program models with the world.

Listen for all of the details.

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Delivery! 2017 by the Numbers

February 16th, 2017

The new school year got underway in Guatemala last month and we wanted to give you a quick look at what you’re making possible in 2017. (And you know we can’t pass up an opportunity to share cute photos!) So without further ado, take a look at the impressive numbers below and give yourself a high five!

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Now Presenting…Our New Director of International Programs

February 16th, 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, people of good will and lovers of all things Guatemala, it is our distinct pleasure to present to you the newest member of CoEd’s senior staff. A long-time advocate for students and families, she’s worked on three continents, racked up almost a decade’s worth of international development experience, and has been a CoEd supporter since before she could vote. We’re beyond excited to re-introduce you to CoEd’s new Director of International Programs: Katie Camillus!

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Getting Ready for the Big Day

January 31st, 2017

We’re getting closer to the big day—the official launch of our Education Center in Guatemala as our new program headquarters!

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Major renovations are complete, the office furniture has been moved in, and we’re now getting chairs and tables delivered for conference rooms and setting up the computer lab. We’re putting on the finishing touches, getting ready to welcome all your smiling faces on February 10 or 24 for one of the official ribbon cuttings. (That’s right… this event is so momentous, we’re going to celebrate it TWICE!)

And speaking of smiling faces, can’t you just imagine the grins on our CoEd staff members’ faces when they got to start working out of this office?

 

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There. Now you don’t have to imagine. You’re welcome!

That’s right, the teams from our former satellite office in Santiago moved in to the Education Center over the holidays, and kicked the New Year off right with a brand new office! The warehouse has also been moved into the new space, and we’re now rent-free of two of our former rented locations. The computer team and admin/management are moving throughout this month.

During our Graduation Tour in December, the shaded patio provided the perfect space for scholarship students to work side by side with their sponsors to prep materials for their service project the next day—then enjoy a picnic lunch together!

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What, you thought since there were no books to deliver that we wouldn’t find a way to put you to work?

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It’s all good, we made sure they were fairly compensated for their efforts with Pollo Campero!

Despite our thorough remodeling, you can expect to see some of the property’s natural flair—mismatched asphalt and concrete at the entrance, a few less-than-perfect drop ceilings, and so on. We want to make sure that the center is a beautiful place to work and visit—but we’re also paying close attention to which cosmetic improvements are reeeeeallllly needed. After all, we want to make sure every available penny goes to the kids we serve! The more we use the center, the more we’ll know what changes truly are necessary. For instance, we had planned not to install air conditioning due to the pleasant temps at this elevation, but the conference room did seem a bit stuffy after we packed it full of 80 scholarship students for a workshop last fall, so we’re now considering ways to improve ventilation or perhaps install a few AC units.

We can’t wait to see you on Feb. 10 or 24—or right back here at Bookmarks afterwards for an update if you can’t be there for the big day!

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We’re as eager with anticipation as these scholarship students and parents who waited in the conference room to greet their sponsors!

2017 Sneak Peek

January 19th, 2017

Are you excited for 2017 with Guatemalan students yet!? 2015 was #Awesomeyear, 2016 was even better, and 2017 is gonna be the best yet. Take a peek at what lies in store for you, CoEd supporters:

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Inaugurating our new Education Center, which will consolidate our staff offices in the very heart of the country, helping us be a more together, more efficient poverty-busting team! (We also got some cool bonus features like solar panels and teacher-training rooms.)

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Isn’t it pretty?

Paola tries out our new Ed Center.

Student approved.

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150,000 Students Served

January 18th, 2017

What does it feel like to help 150,000 students in Guatemala? That’s right, we’re asking YOU, because you’ve been a key part of CoEd’s success!

Comment below with your answer, then scroll back up and read or listen as CoEd founders Joe and Jeff respond to the same question.

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Our New Vision Statement

January 13th, 2017

Happy 2017, everyone!

What changes and new adventures are you anticipating this year? What revelations have you had as you look back on 2016?

Here at CoEd, our pondering and reflecting led us to an important conclusion: it was time to update our vision statement. This statement serves to guide and inspire us as we work, along with all of you, to help Guatemalan students break the cycle of poverty. It gives us a picture, or vision, of success, so that we always know what we’re aiming for.

Drum roll, please:

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Our Newest Textbook Program Teachers Sound Off

December 7th, 2016

This year our Textbook Program expanded to 16 new middle schools in the regions of El Quiché, Chimaltenango, Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán, and Sololá. In June we surveyed the teachers at these schools to get their thoughts on how the program has begun to affect their teaching and their students. We were so excited by what they said, and you deserve to hear it! This is what your support is accomplishing in Guatemala:

What differences do you see as a teacher now that you have textbooks and training, compared to when you didn’t?

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All Noe Wants Is a Hug

November 22nd, 2016

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Dear CoEd supporters,

Here at CoEd we never stop giving thanks for you, and we hope you have much to be thankful for as well.

As the gift-giving season kicks off, we wanted to share with you a special story of a third-grade student named Noe. Earlier this year as part of CoEd’s Culture of Reading Program, Noe’s teacher Maria read her students a book titled The Surprise Gift. To exercise their critical thinking skills, she asked them to answer questions related to the story, and one of those questions was: “What kind of gift would you like for your birthday?”

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