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“I want to go to university,” Beverly declared to me. Her bright eyes and ease belying the difficult path that led this 14-year-old to interview for a high school scholarship. “I never knew my father, and my mother never even reached third grade. But I dream of having a professional job, and I want all   …Continue Reading

Fall Trip 2014: Agustin’s Accomplishment

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We attended Agustin’s graduation today. Agustin was one of the kids that really didn’t score high on the admissions process, but Daniel (our Program Coordinator) wanted to accept him anyway. I told Daniel that it was on him, then, to make sure Agustin succeeded – and he did! Agustin lives in a small community way down below   …Continue Reading

Fall Trip 2014: A Note on Empathy

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One note on empathy. It really struck me after listening to staff today and to our scholar in Chuiquel the other day about what school is like for elementary school children here. Most are afraid of their teachers. Although they may no longer physically grab them by the ears or hit them, they still are   …Continue Reading

Fall Trip 2014: A Momentous Occassion

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What strikes me most about today is Juan Carlos. He was never a standout promoter, never a leader, never “one of the guys.” He kept his head down, did his work to the best of his abilities, and he did what he had to do in order to stay in the program. I know, at   …Continue Reading

Fall Trip 2014: Narrating a Community Into Being

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We were in Chuiquel today, the newest of the communities. The room was beautifully decorated with bouquets of flowers that Ana (our Community Facilitator) had picked herself, pine needles strewn on the floor, and balloons and crepe paper adorning the walls. The classroom was transformed into a space of celebration. In attendance were all of   …Continue Reading

Top Ten Reasons to Go to Guatemala

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Exciting news! Registration is officially open for our spring Learning Journey to Guatemala. Join us April 9-16, 2015 for the trip of a lifetime. For eight days you will join a small group of mindful travelers to visit the communities where we work, meet our scholars and their families, and witness the transformation in these rural   …Continue Reading

10 Fast Facts About Children in Guatemala

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It’s Children’s Day in Guatemala! In the past seven years we’ve fallen head over heals in love with all of the youth with whom we have the privilege of working. Like kids everywhere around the world, the children that our scholars read to in Guatemala are playful and mischievous, shy and rambunctious, eager and full of energy.   …Continue Reading

A Message from Our Scholars: Santiago

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Santiago scored so low on the process for admission into the program we seriously debated whether or not to bring him in. He took advantage of all the support we offered him, and he put in the hard work and effort to improve his reading skills. He became not only one of our best reading   …Continue Reading

A Message From Our Scholars: Olga

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Olga’s family life is complex and riddled with grief. Her father is an alcoholic and has denied her desire for education at every turn. Her mother, on the other hand, has been Olga’s greatest advocate. She pushes her daughter to make every effort to get ahead, to have a better life than that which she   …Continue Reading

A Message From Our Scholars: Juana Estela

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Juana Estela’s family subsists on just a few thousand dollars every year – that’s less than a few dollars a day! Her father was only able to afford to send one of his daughter’s to school and chose to send Juana’s sister. Without the Reading Village program, Juana Estela never would have reached high school,   …Continue Reading