Posts Tagged ‘poverty’

A Vision for the Future

Monday, May 14th, 2018
education, Guatemala, development, poverty, Central South America

Augusto Bal, CoEd’s new Subdirector of Programs, dreams that CoEd will lead educational development in all of Guatemala.

“I have a grand dream that CoEd will lead educational development in all of Guatemala.”


The Next 20 Years

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

We wrapped up our interview with CoEd founders Joe and Jeff by asking what they envision for the next 20 years of breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala. Their answer?

  • Create integrated solutions to poverty in partnership with Idea Global, our partner organization that focuses on early childhood development through nutrition and stimulation during the 1,000 days of life.
  • See change on a systemic scale.
  • Expand educational opportunities for girls.
  • Share our program models with the world.

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What Mom and Dad Said

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start your own nonprofit organization and grow it successfully for 20 years? Last month we posted the first part of our interview with Cooperative for Education founders Joe and Jeff Berninger. They talked about what inspired them to improve education in Guatemala, how they came up with the model for CoEd’s first program, and what finally convinced them to launch a nonprofit.

This month, Joe and Jeff explain how their parents reacted when they left the corporate world and give us a glimpse into all that it takes to get a fledgling nonprofit organization off the ground.

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Joe (center), Jeff (right), and their older brother John (left)


Impacting the first 1000 days of life—setting the stage for future success

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

eNews ECD

Every mother wants to give her child the best possible care, from 15-year-old Kimberly and her first baby to Maura, who is now around 40 and caring for her first grandchild. But in rural Guatemala, where poverty rates often exceed 70% and average educational attainment is less than three years, they just don’t have all of the information that they need. Kimberly is one of the many teenage girls in rural Guatemala who drop out of school to start a family; more than half are married by age 18. The educational situation is even more dire for Maura. In her generation, women were lucky if they got to go to school for just a year or two. This lack of education affects more than just the women themselves—it also leaves them ill-prepared to give their young children the nutrition and cognitive stimulation they need to succeed in life. USAID reports that in many of the indigenous communities in Guatemala’s highlands, almost 70% of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition, one metric which underscores their mothers’ lack of education . (more…)

The Life of a Guatemalan Mother

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

“What do you eat with your tortillas?” someone asked Maria Berta.  “Sometimes there’s salt,” she replied.

Maria Berta had welcomed Cooperative for Education volunteers into her home in Cerritos Asunción, Guatemala after we inaugurated the Culture of Reading Program at her 9-year-old son’s school. She was demonstrating her tortilla making techniques with a quiet smile as the reality of this family’s poverty sunk in for us.

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I stood a few steps back from the rest of the group, watching her impossibly cute children play in the dirt outside their front door and couldn’t help but think of my own children. What if I was Maria Berta?  What if this was my life?  (more…)