Archive for the ‘Early Childhood Development’ Category

The Next 20 Years

Thursday, 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.

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2017 Sneak Peek

Thursday, 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:


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.)

panorama of the new center

Isn’t it pretty?

Paola tries out our new Ed Center.

Student approved.


Impacting the first 1000 days of life—setting the stage for future success

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

eNews ECD

Every mother wants to give her child the best possible care, from 15-year-old Kimberly and her first baby to Maura, who is now around 40 and caring for her first grandchild. But in rural Guatemala, where poverty rates often exceed 70% and average educational attainment is less than three years, they just don’t have all of the information that they need. Kimberly is one of the many teenage girls in rural Guatemala who drop out of school to start a family; more than half are married by age 18. The educational situation is even more dire for Maura. In her generation, women were lucky if they got to go to school for just a year or two. This lack of education affects more than just the women themselves—it also leaves them ill-prepared to give their young children the nutrition and cognitive stimulation they need to succeed in life. USAID reports that in many of the indigenous communities in Guatemala’s highlands, almost 70% of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, one metric which underscores their mothers’ lack of education . (more…)