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Shout Out to Our Canadian Friends

Friday, 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.”


Greg had great fun in Guatemala.


150,000 Students Served

Wednesday, 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.

(Note: If you’re on mobile and don’t want to listen in the SoundCloud app, click “Listen in browser.”)


Our New Vision Statement

Friday, 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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Donor Spotlight: Victor Morales

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Guys, this rocks. No really, it’s a blog post about rocks! Well, kinda…

Victor Morales

Victor Morales in front of his jewelry gallery, MAYA

We are so happy to announce a new partnership with Victor Morales, owner of the jewelry gallery known as MAYA. Victor recently moved MAYA to Cincinnati after many successful years in Boston working with handmade jewelry by Native American, Mayan, and Mexican artists. Now he’s decided to donate a portion of his proceeds to CoEd! During the month of November a portion of all sales at MAYA will be set aside for CoEd—with the goal of raising $10,000 for children in Guatemala! The gallery is located on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton, right across from the Esquire Theatre. So stop by MAYA (or shop online) and take a look at the unique pieces offered there. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy a special holiday gift that will also help students in need!



Girl Gone Travel on CoEd Project Tours and the Thousand Girls Initiative

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Carol Cain experienced extreme poverty as a child. Years later, she came on tour with us as a professional travel blogger (that’s right, we’re talking about the fabulous Girl Gone Travel) and saw the effect that our Scholarship and Youth Development Program has on young women in Guatemala.

Girl Gone Travel on Tour with CoEd

Carol makes a friend.


Rock Band Has Soft Spot for Girls’ Education

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Back in August GRAMMY nominated rock band The National performed back-to-back benefit concerts in support of the Thousand Girls Initiative. Now lead singer Matt Berninger (Joe and Jeff’s cooler cousin) and the rest of the band are back with another super-sweet project to support girls’ education!


Joe Requests a Drumroll

Joe requests a drumroll


The Selfish Do-Gooder

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Sometimes, the stars align and people come into your life who greatly enhance your human experience.
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That’s how we feel about Rebecca Wilks. We had the honor of visiting her corner of the world, Arizona. She put her personal responsibilities on hold to help coordinate and host our trip, setting up presentations at local Rotary Clubs for a few of our staff, acting as tour guide to one of the most gorgeous parts of the country we’ve ever seen, and passionately advocating for the programs in Guatemala. (more…)

5 Reasons CoEd Supporters are Awesome

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

You know we love you, right?

Because we really, really do. We love your passion, your enthusiasm and how much fun we have with those of you who come down to see our programs in action or join us at our biggest party of the year. We love how invested you are in breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala.

In honor of Supporter Appreciation Month, we want to share five of the million reasons we love each and every one of you. Enjoy!
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  1. You never back down from a challenge.

Television personality, adrenaline junkie and member of the CoEd Best Friends Club (that’s not currently a real thing, but it totally should be, right?! We’ll start designing the t-shirts) Ryan Van Duzer recently agreed to live with families in Guatemala benefiting from CoEd’s programs so that he could shoot videos and other promos for us (stay tuned for more!). He had to get out of his comfort zone and intimately deal with the poverty around him, but never for a second thought about quitting.


Centerville High School Spirit Chain

Thursday, October 15th, 2015




Students and CoEd Board members show off this year’s Spirit Chain

The answer to that question is a resounding YES. Centerville High School recently held their annual Spirit Chain competition, where they select one charity to raise funds for each year. I think you can see where this is going… yes, CoEd was selected as this year’s charity (high fives all around!).


Proud faces of Centerville High School students


640 Challenge Run Ride Read

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
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Always first to help and ham it up at the same time, Chris ensured this little girl could reach the wall to put her new vocab word onto the classroom word wall.

One of our favorite aspects of this blog is that we get to introduce you to some really cool things that our supporters initiate to help CoEd. This is one of those stories.

Chris Bailey, a Rotarian from the Cayman Islands, joined us in Guatemala in February for his first tour. Inspired by what he learned, he naturally decided to undertake the extraordinary challenge of running and riding the 640 miles that separate Grand Cayman and Guatemala. Chris has set a goal of raising a whopping $20,000  ($7,000 raised to date!) over six months by completing the following challenges: (more…)