Posts Tagged ‘education center’

Education Center Dedication

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

“It was just like a wedding. You look out and you see all these people who you love and who have meant so much to you over the years.” —Joe Berninger


It really was a special experience to dedicate the new education center with so many of you last month. Per the norm, Joe found the exact words to express what we are all feeling. Twice now we’ve gotten to celebrate the opening of our new Education Center with the folks who’ve made it possible for such a space to become a reality: the building’s benefactors, new friends and long-time supporters, Rotarians from the US, Canada, Guatemala, and the Cayman Islands, local business leaders and government officials, teachers, principals and students who make the work of education a reality every day, and even Jeff and Joe’s mom! Whew! Did we cover everyone? What a joy it was to celebrate the accomplishments of the last twenty years with you. (more…)

Getting Ready for the Big Day

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

We’re getting closer to the big day—the official launch of our Education Center in Guatemala as our new program headquarters!


Major renovations are complete, the office furniture has been moved in, and we’re now getting chairs and tables delivered for conference rooms and setting up the computer lab. We’re putting on the finishing touches, getting ready to welcome all your smiling faces on February 10 or 24 for one of the official ribbon cuttings. (That’s right… this event is so momentous, we’re going to celebrate it TWICE!)

And speaking of smiling faces, can’t you just imagine the grins on our CoEd staff members’ faces when they got to start working out of this office?




There. Now you don’t have to imagine. You’re welcome!

That’s right, the teams from our former satellite office in Santiago moved in to the Education Center over the holidays, and kicked the New Year off right with a brand new office! The warehouse has also been moved into the new space, and we’re now rent-free of two of our former rented locations. The computer team and admin/management are moving throughout this month.

During our Graduation Tour in December, the shaded patio provided the perfect space for scholarship students to work side by side with their sponsors to prep materials for their service project the next day—then enjoy a picnic lunch together!


What, you thought since there were no books to deliver that we wouldn’t find a way to put you to work?


It’s all good, we made sure they were fairly compensated for their efforts with Pollo Campero!

Despite our thorough remodeling, you can expect to see some of the property’s natural flair—mismatched asphalt and concrete at the entrance, a few less-than-perfect drop ceilings, and so on. We want to make sure that the center is a beautiful place to work and visit—but we’re also paying close attention to which cosmetic improvements are reeeeeallllly needed. After all, we want to make sure every available penny goes to the kids we serve! The more we use the center, the more we’ll know what changes truly are necessary. For instance, we had planned not to install air conditioning due to the pleasant temps at this elevation, but the conference room did seem a bit stuffy after we packed it full of 80 scholarship students for a workshop last fall, so we’re now considering ways to improve ventilation or perhaps install a few AC units.

We can’t wait to see you on Feb. 10 or 24—or right back here at Bookmarks afterwards for an update if you can’t be there for the big day!


We’re as eager with anticipation as these scholarship students and parents who waited in the conference room to greet their sponsors!

There’s No Place Like Home

Monday, October 31st, 2016

It feels like a dream come true—a former school campus in Guatemala transformed into an Education Center that will serve as our new home base for in-country operations for generations to come. Thanks to the generosity of our anonymous benefactor—and the overwhelming support from all of you who have stepped up to sponsor spaces in the new center—we’ve been hard at work ever since the initial purchase. And now, it’s allllllmost ready! Move-in day isn’t set exactly, but it’s so close we can taste it!

a group of students and tour participants in front of the new educational center

If we click our heels three times, does that mean we can move in faster?


Our New Education Center Is Shaping Up to Be Spectacular

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

We can hardly believe it’s been a year since we signed the deed to our new home base in Guatemala. We have our generous benefactor to thank for the initial purchase—but you all have really stepped up, too! Our benefactor left us the challenge of raising additional funds toward the full cost of the renovation and move-in, and by the end of this year, we will have received $149,850 for this purpose!

The best part is—you can literally see the changes all this support has brought about. The grounds of our Education Center are no longer a construction site underway, but a campus taking shape as construction debris is being cleared.

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Progress on our new Guatemalan home

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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Remember when all the stars aligned and CoEd was able to get a brand new home in Guatemala? Well, we’ve been hard at work these past 10 months, and it’s time to bring you all up to speed on how we’re transforming this former school campus into the Education Center of our dreams. (more…)

CoEd Looks Towards a Brand New Home in Guatemala

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

CoEd GUatemalaGets a New Home!

A new home in Guatemala means future growth and major opportunities
for CoEd programs!

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, we are taking a gigantic leap forward in our ability to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. We have purchased a property in San Lucas, Guatemala, and secured funding to begin renovating the space to meet our needs for serving students in the western and central highlands. Our benefactor has challenged us to raise the final 18% needed to complete the building’s transformation into a brand new education center! This is a huge deal. Here’s why:

1. Staff Efficiency:

Our Guatemala staff currently works out of two offices and one warehouse. With the purchase of this new property, we will be able to consolidate operations, affording us major gains in efficiency.

2. Proximity to Beneficiaries: