Posts Tagged ‘education’

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.

Listen for all of the details.

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150,000 Students Served

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

What does it feel like to help 150,000 students in Guatemala? That’s right, we’re asking YOU, because you’ve been a key part of CoEd’s success!

Comment below with your answer, then scroll back up and read or listen as CoEd founders Joe and Jeff respond to the same question.

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CoEd Honored by Long-Time Textbook Program Community

Thursday, 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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Scholarships: Empowering a New Generation

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Show of hands if you’ve gone on tour and seen this guy at an activity with our Scholarship & Youth Development Program students:

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Samuel with a scholarship student at her graduation ceremony

Yeeaahh, that’s what we thought. As many of you know, Samuel—our Scholarship Coordinator—is the MAN. He does so much for our students, both from a 10,000-foot perspective, and on a personal, individual level. He knows (probably better than anyone else) about their home lives, challenges, successes, and transformations. That’s why, when we were getting ready to launch our Thousand Girls Initiative, we took a moment to sit down with him and get his thoughts on where our students come from, the journey that they take through the program, the philosophy that motivates what we do, and his vision for their future.

What he said brought tears to our eyes. We dare you not to be moved!

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Berta Alicia Chancho Vit: Choosing a New Path in Guatemala

Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Growing up in rural Guatemala is hard. No one would blame 22-year-old Berta Alicia Chancho Vit had she followed the normal path: Go to primary school for a few years. Drop out to work in the fields or the home. Get married too young. Have children. Watch them follow in your footsteps. Grow old under the weight of unfulfilled dreams. But Berta Alicia refused to follow the normal path. Instead, she blazed an entirely new one.

“I have always wanted to study and graduate from high school,” Berta Alicia says. While that might seem like a reasonable goal, it is anything but easy—in rural Guatemala, 80% of indigenous students drop out of school by the seventh grade. Thanks to Berta Alicia’s diligence in primary school, she was awarded a scholarship by CoEd to study through middle school and high school. This was the life-changing chance she had been waiting for, so she got right to work. (more…)

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…)

Behind the Scenes: CoEd featured on Girl Gone Travel

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

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Remember our new friend Carol Cain? She traveled to Guatemala with us on the Snapshot Tour and has gone and given us some love from her corner of the internet. Carol writes,

“I met principals and teachers who go without getting paid for months, yet come to work everyday to educate the children who count on their guidance to move forward. I saw excitement in children’s eyes as they opened the pages of a newly donated book and read the words for the first time. I heard students both still in the programs and as graduates, talk about how CoEd changed their lives and made their dreams come true. And I saw CoEd leaders, many of them former students in the programs, as well as active members in the communities where they live and work in, talk about the pride they have in their work and their passion for the same.”

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Cindy Marroquín: Dreaming with Confidence

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
As we celebrate the focus on girls education thanks to Malala Day, Girl Rising, and other amazing efforts to educate girls around the world, we wanted to bring you the story of Cindy Marroquin, a girl excited about her education in Guatemala.

 

I need three volunteers,” said Mario Yac,  manager of Cooperative for Education (CoEd)’s Textbook Program. Quickly, three adolescent boys bounded over to him, prepared for whatever might come next… or so they thought.

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It was the inauguration of CoEd’s Textbook Program at Agua Viva School in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Mario had just finished telling the students how the program would work and wanted to see if they had been paying attention. He asked the boys to recite the three main points of his presentation. Stage fright set in, and none of them was able to respond correctly.

 

They sat down, and two more boys took the stage. This time, they were joined by a girl—Cindy Marroquín. Cindy was beautiful and poised as she waited patiently, her braids falling neatly on her hand-woven Mayan blouse. The first boy was able to remember just one of the three points. The next boy didn’t remember any of them.

 

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Then it was Cindy’s turn. She quietly but confidently stepped up to the microphone and recited all three points without breaking a sweat: take care of the books, contribute the rental fee, and return the books at the end of the year. Everyone cheered—including Cindy, who threw her arms into the air in celebration. 

 

She inspired the spectators not just because she knew the answers, but because her self-assuredness was undeniable. Cindy wants to be a bilingual doctor, which isn’t a surprising dream for someone so intelligent and driven. However, her determination to reach her goals doesn’t mean it will be an easy road. She struggles every day to balance her studies with her many responsibilities at home.

 

Neither of her parents can read, so their employment options are limited. Her father is a migrant farmer and her mother works as a maid in Guatemala City, only coming home on Sundays. This leaves Cindy to act as a mother to her two younger brothers, ages six and ten. While her parents are at work, Cindy is in charge of everything—making the tortillas, fixing the meals, keeping the house clean, and caring for her younger siblings. And she does it all while keeping up in school and never wavering from her goals.

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As Cindy told her story, she never complained or seemed bitter. She simply said, “I’m glad I can make my parents proud.” She went on to say that what makes them proudest is her desire to continue her education. “That is why they work so hard,” she says. “To make sure that my brothers and I have a chance at a better life.”

 

Now that Cindy’s school has textbooks, she is one step closer to achieving her dreams and the dreams of her parents. “I am most excited about the science book,” she said. “Now I can learn more about the human body and see pictures of how the systems work.”

 

As the CoEd tour participants walked away after the inauguration ceremony, Cindy ran up and said in her best English, “Thank you very much for coming here. Thank you very much for helping me.” She again smiled confidently, and the look in her eyes said, ‘Nothing will stop me.’

 

And thanks to your help, nothing ever will.

Scholarship Graduate Survey Infographic

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We always knew that our scholarship students were rock stars, but it’s nice that our latest round of survey results continues to prove just that. And these numbers don’t lie–CoEd’s Scholarship & Youth Development Program is changing lives in Guatemala.

We surveyed CoEd’s scholarship program graduates, and are bursting at the seams to share the results with you.

Why is this study important? Because measurements like this allow us to gauge the efficacy of our programs, measure the impact of our youth development component on students, and show the ripple effect that happens from helping just one student (check out that 92% stat—not bad, eh?).

Take a look at the numbers, and, if you like what you see, head over to our scholarship webpage to meet the middle school and high school scholarship hopefuls in need of your help. Given a chance, we know they will become part of the success story too.

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Feeling inspired? Check out our scholarship webpage to meet the students who hope to become success stories someday: 

Meet the students!