Posts Tagged ‘scholarships’

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.

Guatemala charity sponsor student

Flor, soon after she began the program.

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The Thousand Girls Initiative Turns One

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Happy 1-year anniversary!

On April 1, 2016, we officially launched the Thousand Girls Initiative, a massive expansion of our Scholarship & Youth Development Program that will help 1,000 young Guatemalan women avoid an all too common fate: dropping out of school after the 6th grade. Instead, these young women will join the Scholarship Program, be matched with sponsors like you, and step confidently on the path toward graduation and a brighter future.

What do you say we check our progress?

When we started last year, the Scholarship Program was serving 3 communities, and 288 students were either in the program or poised to join it. Now?

Guatemala high school scholarship program

Guatemala high school scholarship program

Guatemala high school scholarship program

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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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How Do We Choose Scholarship Students?

Tuesday, 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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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…)

Girl Gone Travel on CoEd Project Tours and the Thousand Girls Initiative

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Carol Cain experienced extreme poverty as a child. Years later, she came on tour with us as a professional travel blogger (that’s right, we’re talking about the fabulous Girl Gone Travel) and saw the effect that our Scholarship and Youth Development Program has on young women in Guatemala.

Girl Gone Travel on Tour with CoEd

Carol makes a friend.

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Behind the scenes with Ryan Van Duzer

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Founding member of the CoEd Best Friends Club Ryan Van Duzer took a week out of his hectic schedule to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to live in rural Guatemala. He spent four days with two different families who have children in our Scholarship & Youth Development Program. The footage he recorded speaks volumes about the difficulties of living in rural Guatemala and the barriers to education that exist for these families. Barriers that you are helping us break down!

And of course, there’s also some laughter… and games… and cake…

Take a few minutes to watch Ryan’s video diaries. It is truly eye-opening to see the poverty surrounding these families, and the determination these girls have to succeed in school despite the obstacles.

Wendy is one of ONE THOUSAND GIRLS who will benefit from our Thousand Girls Initiative. Without a CoEd scholarship, Wendy will not be able to stay in school. Instead she will stay at home to help her mom with all of the household chores you just saw. It takes a lot of work to put food on the table in Guatemala. Her parents would be glad to have Wendy’s helping hands in the kitchen full-time.

But instead, Wendy’s education will be paid for by a generous sponsor, and she will learn valuable life skills through CoEd’s Youth Development program. Instead of becoming another statistic, Wendy has the chance to become a teacher, a doctor or whatever else she puts her mind to—she has the ability to dream because she won’t be forced to drop out.

She will be given the life-changing gift of education.

We hope you will help us spread the word about the Thousand Girls Initiative. We hope you will help us bring the life-changing gift of education to one thousand girls in Guatemala. Let’s get started right now!

When You Educate a Girl…

Monday, April 11th, 2016

“What’s this?” Jeff asked, puzzled.

He was at the office in Guatemala and two scholarship students were handing him a sealed envelope. “These are the leftover funds from our service project,” one of the girls said. “We would like to sponsor another student.” Her eyes shone as she looked up at CoEd’s founder.

Jeff accepts the scholarship students' donation.

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Expanding the knowledge of Guatemala’s youth

Monday, July 20th, 2015

A few weeks ago, the current scholarship students took a field trip as part of our youth development program to local businesses in order to learn first-hand how they operate. This is an extremely valuable experience for our students; many come from situations which make it hard to imagine doing anything besides subsistence farming, even as the agricultural sector declines in the region.
Scholarships students from Cerritos 2

Some of the scholarship students visited a factory of Ecofiltro, a company that produces water filters made with an innovative Guatemalan design that uses raw natural materials and is 100% effective in water purification. While there, the students learned about corporate social responsibility (a largely unfamiliar concept in Guatemala), environmentally friendly business models, promotion of concern for human health, and entrepreneurship.

Workshop on Vulnerability
Outside of field trips, students build meaningful community with other scholarship students, explore life issues in facilitated workshops, and—perhaps most importantly—dream about their future. CoEd staff encourage students to have confidence in themselves and their ability to achieve their own dreams, whatever they are. Samuel Buc, our scholarship coordinator, explains explained to us that:

“The concept of the program is to empower them as agents of their own growth and help them to develop the self-esteem, skills, and values that will enable them to reach their goals.”

By supporting students in the Scholarship and Youth Development Program, you are helping each and every one fight for their future, the future of the local community, and the future of Guatemala. We are most sincerely grateful for how you are changing lives.

Building True Community Among Scholarship Students

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Building community

Scholarship students begin to form community from their very first workshop together.

You guys, the Scholarship & Youth Development Program is THE BEST. We know we say this a lot, but giving a student the opportunity to join this program is doing so much more than simply paying for their tuition. Allow us to elaborate…

Staff member Katie Camillus spends a lot of time in Guatemala working with the Scholarship & Youth Development Program. Here is her story from a recent trip (spoiler alert: it’s super heart-warming):

I was floored to witness that community being created, and how mature and supportive our young students are.

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