Top 7 Moments of Fall Fiesta 2016

November 15th, 2016

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We partied hard this weekend at our 20th birthday bash, and guess what—it paid off! (literally) Your enthusiasm and support for students in Guatemala was truly inspiring, and we can’t thank you enough for all you did to make the night a success. Let’s get straight to it and review the night (and the results), shall we?

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Expanding the Vision

November 15th, 2016

What’s so great about being a naïve twenty-something? Joe and Jeff explain it all in this third segment of our 20th anniversary interview with CoEd’s founders. Find out what their initial vision of CoEd was and how it expanded over time. You might just get feel inspired to start work on your own dream!

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript for part 3. (Scroll down regardless for photos.)

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

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Mobile Computer Centers Reach Students at New Heights

November 15th, 2016

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Imagine this…you live in a tiny town high in the mountains of Guatemala. The wind whips dense clouds across your path as you walk the dirt road to school every morning, obscuring your vision and soaking through your sweater. Your town is so far removed from the rest of the country that the town leaders have found only one brave soul to teach at your school of 100 students. In an attempt to make up for this, the government provides educational content in the form of DVDs and VHS tapes that you watch on an old television set. School is largely an exercise in sitting still and willing yourself to pay attention to a droning screen.

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There’s No Place Like Home

October 31st, 2016

It feels like a dream come true—a former school campus in Guatemala transformed into an Education Center that will serve as our new home base for in-country operations for generations to come. Thanks to the generosity of our anonymous benefactor—and the overwhelming support from all of you who have stepped up to sponsor spaces in the new center—we’ve been hard at work ever since the initial purchase. And now, it’s allllllmost ready! Move-in day isn’t set exactly, but it’s so close we can taste it!

a group of students and tour participants in front of the new educational center

If we click our heels three times, does that mean we can move in faster?

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What Mom and Dad Said

October 21st, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start your own nonprofit organization and grow it successfully for 20 years? Last month we posted the first part of our interview with Cooperative for Education founders Joe and Jeff Berninger. They talked about what inspired them to improve education in Guatemala, how they came up with the model for CoEd’s first program, and what finally convinced them to launch a nonprofit.

This month, Joe and Jeff explain how their parents reacted when they left the corporate world and give us a glimpse into all that it takes to get a fledgling nonprofit organization off the ground.

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript. (Scroll down regardless to see photos.)

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

Joe (center), Jeff (right), and their older brother John (left)

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CoEd Honored by Long-Time Textbook Program Community

October 20th, 2016

On September 1st, nearly 300 people gathered in the town of Santiago Sacatepéquez to watch as Guatemala’s Ministry of Education bestowed its Merit of Honor Award on one worthy institution in the region of Sacatepéquez—and that institution was CoEd! According to our General Director of Operations, Rony, “the principals and teachers of the region proposed CoEd to be the recipient” of the award “thanks to its long and sustainable relationship with several schools in the Santiago Sacatepéquez municipality.”

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Donor Spotlight: Victor Morales

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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How Do We Choose Scholarship Students?

September 20th, 2016

As anyone sponsoring a CoEd scholarship student will tell you, our students are AWESOME. If you didn’t see this post with statistics confirming that statement, you might want to go read it. ;) One of the highlights is that 53% of our Scholarship Program graduates are now giving back by helping to pay for their younger siblings’ education.

In short, they are STELLAR human beings who are reaching their potential thanks to you. But have you ever wondered how we find students with such potential in the first place? Find out below! (And when you’re finished with the infographic, be sure to read the incredible story underneath it.)

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The Moment of Inspiration

September 19th, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start your own nonprofit organization and grow it successfully for 20 years? In celebration of our 20th anniversary, one of our newest staff members sat down to interview the brothers who started it all. Stay tuned through this blog series to learn what kept Jeff in Guatemala, what mom and dad said when their boys switched from corporate to nonprofit, and why Jeff running over a chicken is one of Joe’s favorite moments in CoEd history.

Listen podcast-style to the snippet below or scroll down to read the full transcript for part 1. (Scroll down regardless to see some excellent throwback photos.)

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

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5 Guatemalan Festivals You Just Can’t Miss

September 16th, 2016

One of the reasons we travel is to experience different cultures, change our perspectives, and—hopefully—learn. Today we’re here to ask you: What better way to do that than party with the locals? That’s right, PARTY! Guatemala is absolutely rich with cultural celebrations, which inspired us to put together this list of

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