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Benefit Art Project: Ecofiltro

Benefit Art Project: Ecofiltro

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ecofiltro hosted 50 professional and aspiring artists at the factory Saturday (Dec. 6) to paint ceramic receptacles to raise funds for the Albergue Hermano Pedro and Ecofiltros for rural schools. The event was oversold and was definitely a ‘Go To’ event of the year!

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Women’s Initiative  for Justice

Women’s Initiative for Justice

| November 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

COMMUNITY SERVICE by Matt Bokor. Thanks to the Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI), hundreds of rural, indigenous women in Guatemala are learning that they too have rights. Elena, for example, is now one of only a few women in her community who has legal title to her land. Magda, who married at age 15 to escape abuse […]

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Adopte un Kilómetro!

Adopte un Kilómetro!

| October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Elizabeth Bell, author/historian. At the end of a year in the late 1990s La Antigua Guatemala was full of street trash and potholes, and many of us complained to the mayor. Victor Hugo del Pozo kindly advised that the city had no funds. We sent a “spy” over to the treasury to, indeed, find that […]

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Upgrading the Basics

Upgrading the Basics

| May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Community Service (text/photos by Tono Valdés M.) – Rotary International spearheads improvement projects in Sumpango’s elementary schools. Guatemala’s Sur Rotary Club has taken on several projects of great benefit to communities throughout Guatemala. Under a new model called Future Vision, Rotary International has concentrated its efforts in the town of Sumpango, aiming to create a […]

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Clowns “Invade” Local AIDS Orphanage

Clowns “Invade” Local AIDS Orphanage

| May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Community Service. text/photo by Benjamin Reeves. Doctor Hunter Dogherty “Patch” Adams in the house There are few phrases more depressing to hear than, “AIDS orphanage.” Yet the Hospicio de San José in Santa Lucía Milpas Altas is anything but a place of sadness, although it is the home for many acutely ill children and adults. […]

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WINGS Re-Structured

WINGS Re-Structured

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

The new program is launched in Alta Verapaz The statistics regarding family planning and gender equality in Guatemala are astounding. According to Janeen Simon, executive director of WINGS, the country ranks third in Central America for the highest birth rates in adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19. The poorest 20 percent of […]

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Painting the Future

Painting the Future

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ayúdame a Pintar Mi Futuro teaches kids more than just art by Revue Staff In 2008 brothers José and Henry Méndez Chavajay, Maya Tz’utujil painters from San Pedro la Laguna, Lake Atitlán, found out that the children who were visiting their gallery—watching them paint and wanting to learn how themselves—were fatherless, and that their mothers […]

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Thirst Quencher

Thirst Quencher

| July 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ecofiltro has been using ceramic pot filtration technology to bring clean water to the rural poor on a mass scale since 2009 What started out 30 years ago with a man named Fernando, directing artisans working potter wheels in the small town of Rabinal in Alta Verapaz, has resulted in a worldwide water Revolution. There […]

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Learning to Cook – Cooking to Learn

Learning to Cook – Cooking to Learn

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bright futures ahead for students at KIDS Restaurant In my past life as a New Yorker, anytime a new buzzed-about restaurant or food adventure hit the street, I would trip over myself to see what the fuss was all about. I collected menus and matchbooks just as one might do by collecting stamps in a […]

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Youth Leadership

Youth Leadership

| April 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Seres works with young people to help instill environmental awareness and create future leaders In the small pueblo of Chimaltenango a group of young people from across Guatemala and neighboring El Salvador gathers for a four-day youth leadership congress, organized by the NGO SERES. In a scene that could be mistaken for an acrobatics class, […]

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Niños de Guatemala

Niños de Guatemala

| March 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Profit for Non-Profit: Working toward a financially sustainable future For those who struggle financially, charitable giving is usually the first thing that gets cut from the budget, often leaving non-profits and those they help in a predicament. For non-profits, there are good years and bad years; however, the unpredictability is as debilitating as the lack […]

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The Doll Project

The Doll Project

| December 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Santa’s Helpers Doing it Right “Last year, I helped with a Christmas gift delivery to the school in El Hato and it was an amazing experience. But I noticed as we drove down the mountain that there were many children for whom Santa didn’t come. That was the seed—to make sure those kids weren’t forgotten […]

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Motorcycle Rides for Charity

Motorcycle Rides for Charity

| October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

MayaStrada Full of rolling hills, volcanoes and natural wonders to explore, Guatemala draws in many kinds of travelers to experience its culture, cuisine and beauty. The traditional way for travelers to get around has been by tourist shuttle or camionetta (bus). Now, MayaStrada Motorcycle Charity Rides is offering a new way to experience the Guatemalan […]

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Helping Hooves

Helping Hooves

| June 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Local organization helps Antigua’s carriage horses When an accident forced her to stop riding five years ago, California-raised Suzanne Divoff was determined to keep working with horses, and on the streets of La Antigua Guatemala she saw an opportunity; Helping Hooves (HH) was born. Made up of three women, Helping Hooves started working with Antigua’s […]

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Open Windows Library

Open Windows Library

| February 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Thanks to all! This month Open Windows Library and Learning Center will also be serving the disadvantaged children of San Miguel Dueñas. The children will receive help with homework, reinforcement of math and reading, computer classes and a daily afternoon activity that follows the fourth-grade curriculum of the public schools. In addition, over 50 scholarships […]

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Creamos

Creamos

| December 5, 2011 | 1 Comment

“I worked in the garbage dump for 12 years but I much prefer it here,” says Rosa Cristina Aguierre Marroquín. “I feel more confident, I can support my children better, and I trust all the people I work with.”

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ITEMP Offers Fresh Start for Entrapped Women & Children

ITEMP Offers Fresh Start for Entrapped Women & Children

| November 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

María, 21, mother of four, fled dire poverty to come to La Antigua Guatemala hoping for a better future. But she didn’t find the tranquil, colonial paradise that makes Antigua so appealing to travelers worldwide. Instead, she and her older daughter were forced to work long hours for the owner of the house she lived […]

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Here’s to Bartenders Without Borders

Here’s to Bartenders Without Borders

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

by Hanna Wallace Bowman Scrambling into the back of a pickup truck, wielding a machete and setting off into the Guatemalan countryside to build stuff: Now that sounds like an excellent way of spending a Saturday in La Antigua Guatemala. Or, at least, the local bartending population certainly seemed to think so. Trading shot glasses […]

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Empowerment Through Education

Empowerment Through Education

| October 1, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Integral Heart Foundation provides a safe place to learn and grow In the 1990s, Mick Quinn was an Irish immigrant living in New York City. Founder and CEO of several multimillion dollar companies, Quinn left New York after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Now at the top of his game, he began to […]

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Fotokids Anniversary

Fotokids Anniversary

| August 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Twenty years of tackling poverty through photography Surrounded by 40 acres of toxic garbage, in the middle of Central America’s largest and most dangerous landfill, isn’t exactly where most people gain inspiration. However, for ex-Reuters photojournalist Nancy McGirr, the smell of burning plastic, combined with the sight of cardboard houses and gardens of sewage, is […]

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Dozens attend fundraiser for Niños de Guatemala

Dozens attend fundraiser for Niños de Guatemala

| July 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dozens of patrons enjoyed cocktails and appetizers Saturday evening, July 16, at a fundraiser for Niños de Guatemala (NDG), an NGO that operates a school for poor children in Ciudad Vieja, among other education-related services. Guests met with blue-shirted staff and volunteers and viewed a series of photographs depicting children and teachers at NDG’s school, […]

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Safe Passage

Safe Passage

| June 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

One volunteer’s overwhelming experience serving in the city dump written by Hannah Wallace Bowman Every day at 7:15 a.m., a bleary-eyed group of Westerners gathers on the pavement outside La Antigua Guatemala’s San Francisco Church. Clutching banana bread and paper cups of steaming coffee, they soak up the early morning sun. Preparing to make their […]

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