Becoming Servant Leaders

February 16th, 2018

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Kelsey Amara on Returning to Guatemala

February 15th, 2018

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“How would I feel when, as an adult, I walked through that door?” This is the question that wouldn’t leave Kelsey Amara’s mind as she prepared to travel back to Guatemala, the country where she was born, on Cooperative for Education’s 2017 Heritage Tour.

“As an adoptee, going back to what might have been home to see the “what ifs” up close and personal filled me with nervous anticipation.”

Kelsey made her first return trip to Guatemala with her parents when she was 16 years old, travelling with Cooperative for Education (CoEd) on that occasion too. Both experiences were life-changing in their own way. Read the rest of this entry »

Mental Health Therapist Tisha Way Gaynor on Heritage Trips

February 9th, 2018

Here at Cooperative for Education (CoEd), we believe in connecting people across countries. We believe that encountering the diversity of humanity changes us for the better. It’s a big part of the reason we invite you to visit Guatemala on our project tours each year. The experience of being welcomed, asking questions, grasping hands, and laughing with the students, teachers, and family members you support is one that changes you deeply.

Last year, we offered our inaugural Heritage Tour as a way for individuals and families connected to Guatemala through adoption to reconnect to the country. Mental health therapist Tisha Way Gaynor joined us as an on-tour resource for those who wanted to talk through and process their experiences on the trip.

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From noon to 1pm (Eastern) on March 14th, Tisha will host a webinar for adoptive families who are interested in making heritage trips (to any country, not just Guatemala!). In anticipation, we’ve asked her to share some of her knowledge and experience about heritage trips here on the blog.

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adoption birth country heritage travel Guatemala

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Why do you #StandforGirls?

January 19th, 2018

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Hello all, and welcome to 2018—year three of the Thousand Girls Initiative!

We’re nearing the halfway point of our push to empower a new generation of educated Guatemalan women, and we’d like to step back to re-examine an essential question: WHY.

Why is education important to you? Why do you believe that all children—boys and girls—deserve to go to school?

Why do we—that is you and the entire CoEd family—invest time, energy, capital, sweat, and tears to make sure that more Guatemalan girls are in the classroom?

In other words, why do you #StandforGirls in Guatemala?

Throughout 2018, we’ll be sharing what you, our students, their families, their teachers, and our staff members have to say in response to this question. Read the rest of this entry »

What You Make Possible in Just One Week

November 16th, 2017

Sit back and listen to some good news! Our Director of International Programs, Katie Camillus, wants to give you a “taste” of all the exciting things that happen in Guatemala in a typical week, thanks to your support! These stories range from playful to powerful: you won’t want to miss them!

Kacie Baldwin: Leaving a Legacy in Guatemala

October 30th, 2017
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Kacie Baldwin with a bashful Culture of Reading Program (CORP) student.

The Moonlight Lawyer

Giving of herself is not new to Kacie Baldwin. In 2007, although she was already busy with a full-time job in IT, Kacie decided to go to law school and open her own private practice. She’s kept her job in IT, and now she moonlights as a lawyer, giving back to her community through estate planning, immigration law, and deportation defense. Too cool!

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You Outdid Yourselves at Fall Fiesta 2017!

October 23rd, 2017

Have you recovered from Fall Fiesta yet? We’re still reeling from the generosity and fun-loving spirit you showed at this event. Let’s reminisce about the top six highlights together, shall we?

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The venue, food, drink, prizes, and games were superb this year, as always. Cincinnati’s skyline glittered outside the Great American Ball Park as you laughed with friends old and new, sipped some spirits, won everything from bottles of wine to trips to Africa and the Cayman Islands, and dined sumptuously on a full dinner.

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We love it when you laugh with us.

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Win a Luxury African Safari for Only $20

September 15th, 2017

Who doesn’t remember being six years old, face to face with a huge, gorgeous elephant? The elephant takes giant step after giant step towards you, all before opening its mouth to enormous dimensions to take in some well-earned grass from the savanna. The sun glows brightly overhead while the herd’s baby elephants spend some playtime in the nearby watering hole. Then, suddenly, your mom calls your name, the herd scatters, and poof! You’re startled out of your daydream.

Around here, most of us aren’t lucky enough to actually get to see an elephant in the wild. But YOU may get to live out your wildest childhood daydreams because…

This year’s luxury raffle winner will enjoy a six-day, six-night South African Safari for two!

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Elephant

How could you say no to that adorable face?

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Summer 2017 Tour Highlights

August 18th, 2017

Twice a year our US staff packs up and heads south to share with CoEd supporters the beauty of Guatemala and the impact they’re having on its beautiful people. This summer’s tour season might, in fact, have been the largest one ever! Almost 80 people joined us on the Helping Hands, Snapshot, and Heritage tours in July and August. As you can imagine, we have no shortage of stories and photos from those trips, so here are our top five.

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Our first-ever Heritage Tour, designed specifically for families connected to Guatemala through adoption, was a huge success.

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Meet: The Scholarship Squad!

August 17th, 2017

Scholarship Squad

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