Archive for the ‘How to Help’ Category

All Noe Wants Is a Hug

Tuesday, 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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Donor Spotlight: Victor Morales

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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

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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!

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Pulse Check: How Many Girls Will Stay in School Next Year?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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Daily as we sit at our desks and clackety-clack on our keyboards, this question is at the forefront of our minds…and we know you’ve been thinking about it too! (more…)

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.

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Carol makes a friend.

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Happy Birthday to…Who?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Hey, so…noticed anything different about us lately? Do we seem a bit like a…fine wine or cheese to you? Mature? Sophisticated? Slightly more grown up?

NO!?

Okay fine, we’ll just tell you: We’re turning 20!

Aaaaaaaaand: We want YOU to celebrate with us!

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Keep her dream alive this holiday season #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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This summer, 17 year old Cindy Pinzón Sotz hurried home from her job as a housemaid to join her family in welcoming visitors.

She watched with her mother as her younger siblings, dressed in their crisp Chimazat School uniforms, led Cooperative for Education (CoEd) volunteers down the path to her home, and she smiled as the group chattered about the impressive computer demonstration they had just witnessed at the school and the beauty of the strawberry fields that surrounded them.

As we entered their humble dirt-floor dwelling, someone asked the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up. “We want to be teachers,” the middle school siblings enthusiastically agreed. “I want to be a doctor,” said Cindy’s youngest sister, still in primary school.

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Cindy, center, with her siblings and mother outside their home in rural Guatemala.

Cindy remained silent, resting her hand on her mother’s shoulder. “I don’t know,” she replied softly when the question was finally directed to her. “I don’t really think about it.”

When Cindy dropped out of school between sixth and seventh grade, she didn’t just give up her education, she also gave up her hopes and dreams for a better future.

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Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education

Friday, November 20th, 2015

CanadianFriendsIt’s time to brush up on your “ehs” and “aboots” because we’re heading to Canada!

It was a long, snowy road, but we finally finished crossing our t’s and dotting our i’s and are oh so pleased to announce that Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education is our new Canadian partner. Its purpose is to provide scholarships for students and training for teachers and is carried out in partnership with CoEd’s programs in Guatemala. (more…)

Solving the Immigration Crisis through Education

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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There’s no place like home.

For many of us, the word “home” evokes a sense of safety, love, affection, warmth and joy. As the holidays approach, home takes on an even greater significance. We will travel great distances to our childhood homes. We will welcome family and friends into our own homes, and celebrate with those closest to us. We will be home; warm in the glow of those we love, surrounded by laughter and the dizzying feeling that we are almost undeserving of the happiness found here.

Cecilia doesn’t have a home. (more…)

The Life of a Guatemalan Mother

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

“What do you eat with your tortillas?” someone asked Maria Berta.  “Sometimes there’s salt,” she replied.

Maria Berta had welcomed Cooperative for Education volunteers into her home in Cerritos Asunción, Guatemala after we inaugurated the Culture of Reading Program at her 9-year-old son’s school. She was demonstrating her tortilla making techniques with a quiet smile as the reality of this family’s poverty sunk in for us.

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You can help Maria Berta and other Guatemalan moms this Mother’s Day by donating at www.cooperativeforeducation.org/donate

I stood a few steps back from the rest of the group, watching her impossibly cute children play in the dirt outside their front door and couldn’t help but think of my own children. What if I was Maria Berta?  What if this was my life?  (more…)

Literacy in Guatemala

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Imagine you are seven years old and have never come in contact with a single book.

This is reality for many rural Guatemalan children. CoEd’s Culture of Reading Program is transforming these students into competent, enthusiastic readers.

Click here to learn how you can sponsor a CORP class!