Posts Tagged ‘How to Help’

Fall Fiesta: Ready for another Record-Breaking Year?

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Nonprofit event invitation

You blew us all away at last year’s Fall Fiesta by raising nearly $170,000 for CoEd’s educational programs in Guatemala. That’s right, $170,000. And we know that we can do it again this year! (more…)

On Sponsors and Students: “You Are Important to Me”

Monday, April 17th, 2017

When Rebecca Wilks went on her first CoEd tour in 2007, she never imagined that she and her husband Marco would end up changing a young person’s life—and being changed by her in return. But as she ate lunch with a friend and the two Scholarship Program students that her friend was sponsoring, she knew she had to become a sponsor too: “I was so impressed with these two, and with the program in general, that I persuaded my husband that we should participate.”

A short while later, Rebecca and Marco met Florentina Taquez (Flor) for the first time. “She was twelve and painfully quiet, yet she had a steadfast determination,” Rebecca wrote in a blog post about their relationship with Flor.

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Flor, soon after she began the program.

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Introducing: The Heritage Tour!

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Guatemala adoption family travel

Guess what, everyone? This summer we’ll be piloting a NEW KIND OF TOUR to Guatemala and we are SO EXCITED for our first run! In our 20 years of leading trips to Guatemala, we’ve had plenty of adoptive families on board, but we are thrilled to now offer these families a special tour designed just for them. Our new Heritage Tour will offer families and individuals who are connected to Guatemala through adoption a unique opportunity to reconnect with the country alongside other families that are doing the same.

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Shout Out to Our Canadian Friends

Friday, February 17th, 2017

A little over a year ago, we announced the birth of Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education, our partner organization in Canada! Since then, Canadians have been coming out of the woodwork to help raise money for deserving kids in Guatemala. They’re presenting to Rotary clubs, spreading the word among their friends and colleagues, and even carrying pictures of students who need scholarships to their doctors’ offices. (You know who you are…)

To continue fostering this partnership, we’ve established a Canadian Advisory Board, filled with amazing people who are passionate about helping kids in Guatemala. The board meets every other month, and members from all over Canada join virtual meetings to talk strategy, share successes, and dream up new ways to spread the word. Board member Greg Podmore says it was an easy decision to get involved because it gives him “the chance to help some lovely children work their way, through education, out of poverty, so they can make better lives.”

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Greg had great fun in Guatemala.

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Win a Luxury Vacation to Seabrook Island, South Carolina

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

South Carolina locals lovingly refer to Seabrook Island as “an unspoiled island paradise.” You could refer to it as the place you vacationed in luxury for only $20!

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Locals refer to Seabrook Island as an unspoiled island paradise.

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

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Thousand Girls

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…)

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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Rock Band Has Soft Spot for Girls’ Education

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Back in August GRAMMY nominated rock band The National performed back-to-back benefit concerts in support of the Thousand Girls Initiative. Now lead singer Matt Berninger (Joe and Jeff’s cooler cousin) and the rest of the band are back with another super-sweet project to support girls’ education!

DRUMROLL PLEASE…

Joe Requests a Drumroll

Joe requests a drumroll

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Keep her dream alive this holiday season #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

2015 Holiday Appeal

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.

Cindy and her family

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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Solving the Immigration Crisis through Education

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Solving the immigration crisis through education | Cooperative for Education

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.

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