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Education Center Dedication

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“It was just like a wedding. You look out and you see all these people who you love and who have meant so much to you over the years.” —Joe Berninger

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It really was a special experience to dedicate the new education center with so many of you last month. Per the norm, Joe found the exact words to express what we are all feeling. Twice now we’ve gotten to celebrate the opening of our new Education Center with the folks who’ve made it possible for such a space to become a reality: the building’s benefactors, new friends and long-time supporters, Rotarians from the US, Canada, Guatemala, and the Cayman Islands, local business leaders and government officials, teachers, principals and students who make the work of education a reality every day, and even Jeff and Joe’s mom! Whew! Did we cover everyone? What a joy it was to celebrate the accomplishments of the last twenty years with you. (more…)

Now Presenting…Our New Director of International Programs

Thursday, 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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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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Our New Education Center Is Shaping Up to Be Spectacular

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

We can hardly believe it’s been a year since we signed the deed to our new home base in Guatemala. We have our generous benefactor to thank for the initial purchase—but you all have really stepped up, too! Our benefactor left us the challenge of raising additional funds toward the full cost of the renovation and move-in, and by the end of this year, we will have received $149,850 for this purpose!

The best part is—you can literally see the changes all this support has brought about. The grounds of our Education Center are no longer a construction site underway, but a campus taking shape as construction debris is being cleared.

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Progress on our new Guatemalan home

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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Remember when all the stars aligned and CoEd was able to get a brand new home in Guatemala? Well, we’ve been hard at work these past 10 months, and it’s time to bring you all up to speed on how we’re transforming this former school campus into the Education Center of our dreams. (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.
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One Mom’s Legacy to Her Daughter’s Birth Country

Friday, February 19th, 2016

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Remember Berta Alicia, the girl who simply refused to give up on her dreams? As with every CoEd scholarship student, her path to success was paved by a key player in her life: her sponsor. (more…)

5 Reasons 2015 was #AwesomeYear

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

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We don’t know if you’re aware, but it’s already 2016 (nothing gets past us!). The new school year in Guatemala has started, and teacher training is well underway. We have some very exciting things in the works for y’all this year (hint: that was us dropping a hint), but before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to take a moment to reflect back on the whirlwind of a year we just concluded. At the beginning of the year, we deemed 2015 #AwesomeYear, and thanks to YOU, our ambitious hashtagging paid off! Below are just a few of the myriad of reasons 2015 was indeed #awesome:

1. New Education Center in GuatemalaThis is #1 for a reason, people. This new center is HUGE (literally and figuratively) for CoEd. We were thrilled to be able to purchase this center in 2015, and are working hard to turn it into the best space possible for serving students and teachers.  We can’t wait to see how everything turns out once the construction dust settles. And yes, you are all invited to the housewarming party. If you’ve ever been on tour or to Fall Fiesta, you know we like to throw a good party. (more…)

Top 5 Moments from The National’s Benefit Concert

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Hey, remember that time a Grammy Award nominated, internationally recognized, gold record selling, cool beyond measure band stopped everything to perform two back to back concerts benefiting CoEd? Yeah. That happened.

Last Friday, CoEd went to Hollywood and the experience was unforgettable. Here are the top five highlights:

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Jeff Berninger onstage with a superstar. The National’s lead singer, Matt Berninger, took the first 10 minutes of the show to invite Jeff onstage. He had the crowd’s undivided attention as he explained that on average, rural indigenous women in Guatemala spend less than two years in school. Then Matt talked about Kimberly – the girl whose scholarship the band is sponsoring and encouraged others to do the same.

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On the Breaking News in Guatemala: A Letter from the Founders

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

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Dear Supporters,

Many of you have likely read about the political situation currently taking place in Guatemala. Both President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti have stepped down after being charged with several corruption offenses. While this is currently making international news, political scandals in Guatemala are nothing new, and CoEd has ridden the waves with little interruption for decades.

As our General Director Rony Mejía said, political leaders come and go, but CoEd’s work has continued for 20 years and counting. Our relationships and interventions take place on the community level, and those collaborations remain strong and unwavering. We are still working together every day in over 200 schools across the country to provide life changing educational opportunities to Guatemalan students.

We are optimistic that the current situation is the dawning of a new day in Guatemala – a day when people in power no longer have impunity and are held accountable for their actions; a day when citizens embrace the power of peaceful protests and working together toward a common goal; and a day when all Guatemalans realize they have a voice and really can transform their communities, their country and maybe even the world. (more…)