A Life of Service: The Story of Rise Program Graduate Tiofila

Indigenous girls like Tiofila Sofía Monroy Tunché are at the very bottom of the social and economic hierarchy from the time they are born. Because of a cultural notion that girls aren’t worth educating, many Guatemalan girls face a life of poverty, discrimination, and...

Dora María Cardenas Figueroa: A Classroom Transformed

Before the Culture of Reading Program (CORP) arrived at Agua Dulce school, Dora María’s classroom looked like most other first- and second-grade classrooms in rural Guatemala. There were no storybooks, just a whiteboard and some markers. Dora María used the teaching...

Cande Daniela: On the Path to Healing

“The computer will be a tool I can use to defend myself against any problems I face.” Cande dreams of a better future not just for herself, but for others as well: “Where I’m from there are a lot of people who die without the help of a doctor. I want to...

Orlando Chile Bucú: Turning Skills into Success

“Tonight, please complete the even problems on page 268 and show up ready to compare your work with a partner’s tomorrow.” Many of us recognize these words as a typical end to a typical math class. But for students in rural Guatemala, there is nothing typical about...

It’s Out of Our Hands

What sets CoEd apart from other charities? Can you name something? Let me count the ways… Seriously, though, one of the things we pride ourselves on is community engagement. We don’t just arrive at a school, hand over some books or install some computers, and leave....