Posts Tagged ‘developing countries’

Riding with Augusto

Friday, July 14th, 2017
Textbook Program Latin American Guatemala

Augusto Bal, CoEd Textbook Program Coordinator

While in Guatemala on a project tour this February, I got to climb into a truck with one of our Textbook Program Coordinators and ask him about his work. Augusto Bal is a jolly, Mayan grandpa of a man whose presence immediately calms and gladdens the heart. He has 23 years of experience in the field of education, many of which he spent as principal at various public schools and as the superintendent of Guatemala’s Chimaltenango department. Now, Augusto coordinates and supports Textbook Program activities such as recruitment of new schools, teacher training, book delivery, and providing support to the 193 schools already in the program. He’s passionate about the way our program inspires entire communities of people to place value on education, and permanently fills the need for textbooks through its sustainable model.

Check out what he had to say about the program and what it means to him, and remember—YOU are making all of Augusto’s wonderful work possible.

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We’re Joining Girls CHARGE!

Monday, June 19th, 2017

We know that you understand the importance of education for kids in rural Guatemala, and especially for the chicas.

But did you know that USAID has stated that “educating girls yields a higher rate of return than any other investment available in the developing world”? Well, now you do!

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What Mom and Dad Said

Friday, 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.)

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Joining in late? Listen from the beginning.

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

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The Moment of Inspiration

Monday, 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.)

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Donor Spotlight: Educating Girls in Developing Countries

Monday, May 18th, 2015

Luisa Tocoché
Luisa isn’t supposed to be in school.

She had been accepted into the Scholarship & Youth Development Program and matched with a sponsor, but shortly before the school year started last January, her sister called to tell us that Luisa, who is only 13 years old, was working in Guatemala City as a maid, and would no longer be able to receive the scholarship.  (more…)

Technology Contributes to Student Success

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Pablo Xinico, Principal

Principal Pablo Xinico gets it. During a celebration earlier this year at his school, he wisely said,

“Education is a critical base required for development in rural areas. In our globalized world, technology is now an even more important part of the education of our students. So that our students can be competitive, our students need to have technological skills.

Our community here at Hacienda Maria is very proud to have such a modern and successful computer lab. This [computer] lab has contributed to the success of professionals as they graduate from this school. Our graduates are working in all sorts of jobs thanks to the preparation they received here.”

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Students work in pairs during class to collaborate and learn the new technology together.

Principal Xinico is right; this lab is a BIG DEAL. Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of re-inaugurating the Computer Center Program at Hacienda Maria Middle School. They have already been in the program for more than ten years! It usually takes about six years for a school to save enough money from the student fees to purchase new equipment. So, what does that mean for this school (all you math whizzes out there, help us out!)?

That’s right—this was the second time the school purchased all-new computer equipment from the money collected from student fees and saved in their revolving fund. That is sustainability at its best, my friends.

Thank you so much for being a part of success stories like this one.

What words of encouragement would you send to Principal Xinico and his students?