EDUCATION Antigua International School

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Challenging students to cultivate a love of learning. Schools serve as model homes, as a place where learning and community coexist, a place where children strive for academic success while developing their personal growth in a supportive environment. How does the Antigua International School offer a quality education that encourages students to push past boundaries, to think outside of the […]

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Coffee Brews an Education in Guatemala

Every Kcup is weighed before being packed into the box

ARIMA – Community Service. Mission statement: Arima delivers limited editions of extraordinary, specialty grade coffee. We believe in openness and honesty to create a premium and socially responsible coffee brand. Arima always and only works the best single-origin 100 percent arabica strictly hard beans (SHB). We visit every coffee estate to ensure quality and establish a long-term relationship with producers. […]

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Comfort Ahoy: Guatemala

Comfort Heart: A girl listens to her own heartbeat during a medical checkup at Complejo Deportivo de Puerto Barrios. (u.s. army photo by PFC. Tomarius Roberts)

Hospital Ship provides assistance to thousands. by Matt Bokor. A hospital ship from the U.S. Navy brought free medical, veterinary, engineering and humanitarian help to thousands of Guatemalans during a recent nine-day deployment to Puerto Barrios. Personnel from the USNS Comfort provided dental, visual, pediatric and general medical services to more than 10,000 Guatemalans at two onshore medical sites in […]

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It Does Take a Village

Project manager greeting workers at site of water distribution tank.

Building a community at the grassroots level.  text / photos by Kerstin Sabene.  Implementing change, even when it’s meant to reduce health and social disparity, can be challenging. No one understands this better than Ignacio Ochoa, director of the Nahual Foundation, a think tank by and for indigenous people of the Americas, based in La Antigua Guatemala. Ochoa, who has […]

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Fuel Efficient Cooking

With her new stove that she helped co-design, Margarita saves Q1,200 every month.

New stove reflects what rural cooks want. CONSERVATION  by Matt Bokor  photos courtesy of Soluciones Apropiadas. By enlisting the cooks in the design stage, an inventive new company has developed a super-efficient, wood-burning stove that incorporates age-old methods of cooking tortillas. Although other initiatives have achieved positive results from safe, fuel-efficient stoves for rural households, Soluciones Apropiadas found that the clean- […]

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Women’s Initiative for Justice

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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 by both parents, is a […]

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Adopte un Kilómetro!

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 the meager budget in those […]

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Aj Tikonel Kab’ — Harvester of Honey, Guatemala

Beekeeper Genaro Cuj inspects the frames

Apiculture by Linda Conard photos: Pueblo a Pueblo Beekeepers On a hot, humid Sunday morning nine men and women beekeepers hiked the slopes Lake Atitlán’s Volcán Tolimán to tend small boxes quietly buzzing in a forest clearing. Wearing a veil, jacket, and gloves over her traditional huipil and skirt, Felipa Ajcalon Sajquiy, president of the Pampojila beekeeping association, stands by […]

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Upgrading the Basics in Guatemala

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Rotary International spearheads improvement projects in Sumpango’s elementary schools. Community Service (text/photos by Tono Valdés M.) — 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 development model that can be […]

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Clowns “Invade” Local AIDS Orphanage

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. The hospicio was established in […]

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Education First

A Safe Passage for Children in Guatemala City’s Basurero Neigborhood by Benjamin Reeves Guatemala City’s zona 3 includes the basurero, the city’s dump. Though there is no official census, an estimated 7,000 people, which according to local residents includes approximately 1,000 children, work in the basurero picking through trash to find plastic and metal that can be sold to recyclers. […]

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Música en Las Aldeas

Classical Music Education for Antigua’s Children by Benjamin Patrick Reeves La Antigua Guatemala does not have a premier institution for providing musical education to children, but Carolina Palomo aims to change that with the opening of a new, non-profit music school, Musica en Las Aldeas. “For 12 years [children] don’t receive any art classes in the public schools,” Palomo said. […]

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Sailing Away

A group of future sailors learn the craft through hands-on experience.

by Linda Conard Sharing a passion for boating with the next generation of sailors In a workshop in land-locked La Antigua Guatemala, a mile above sea level, boat builders Jean Vayssier and Pierre Turlin, and their team of Guatemalan artisans, are handcrafting sailboats to exacting standards. Their workshop, which looks like a small plane hangar, is filled with the aroma […]

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Rescuing Rosie

Happy and healthy Rosie (photo by César Tián)

by Kathy Jo Robbert The chestnut mare floats in her paddock, performing a perfect passage, an advanced dressage movement performed under a rider. But this mare does it all on her own. With her diagonal legs working in perfect synchronization, lifting higher, higher, the mare celebrates the freedom of being who she is. For the first time in a long […]

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WINGS Re-Structured

Direct Services Coordinator Patty Medina speaks to men at a community charla in Alta Verapaz.

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 women in Guatemala have an […]

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Painting the Future

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 were struggling to raise them […]

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Thirst Quencher

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 are approximately one million families […]

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Learning to Cook – Cooking to Learn

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 passport, using them to remember […]

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Youth Leadership

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, they discuss how in teams […]

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Gallery of the Talk by Los Patojos Crew

With the support of Proyecto os Patojos there was the first talk with Los Patojos Crew where the members and leader of this group, Bboy Ángel, Bboy Andres Reyes and Bboy Chocho shared with the audience about their experiences and the great influence that break dance has with the teenagers as health tools to build peace. The audience had the […]

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A Quest for Education

Open Windows Foundation creates an opportunity to learn in San Miguel Dueñas San Miguel Dueñas looks like any other pueblo bordering La Antigua Guatemala. Camionetas come in and out at a regular clip, bypassing an antiquated church alluding to a Guatemala of old. There are a handful of tiendas staffed by abuelitas selling acid orange carrots and flowers. Dueñas is […]

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The EcoLeña Project

An innovative, sustainable alternative to wood as fuel by Joyce Stanley When most people walk down a road and see useless dry leaves on the ground, an EcoLeña producer sees gold.    EcoLeña is an innovative, sustainable fuel-wood alternative made from grass, leaves, straw and other renewable resources to replace fire wood. Also called biomass briquettes, EcoLeña is being produced and used in […]

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Niños de Guatemala

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 of funds. Niños de Guatemala—a […]

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The Doll Project

Santa's Helpers Doing it Right

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 about again,” says Catherine Humber. […]

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Motorcycle Rides for Charity

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 countryside, while helping the very […]

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Trauma In Paradise

Written By Dr.Alejandro Paiz The waters of Lake Atitlán have a sedative force when you observe them, especially with the typical spectacular sunsets as a backdrop. Until recently, this was the only balm available for the poorest of the mentally ill in the Atitlán Basin. The beauty of the region hails from its unique topography, an irregularity that, while lovely, […]

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Niños de Guatemala Offers Tour of Cuidad Vieja

Niños de Guatemala Offers Tour of Cuidad Vieja

Niños de Guatemala, an NGO that provides education and other services to impoverished families in Ciudad Vieja, offers a tour every Friday morning. Participants meet at 9 a.m. in front of Santa Lucía Church at the end of Calzada Santa Lucía for the short bus ride to Ciudad Vieja. The tour stops at important businesses in Ciudad Vieja, including a […]

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