Category Archives: Founders Corner

Beautiful Bilingualism

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Imagine sitting down at a wooden desk in a simple classroom. The cement floor is cold and sunlight streams in through the sole window. You’re nervous, it’s your first day after all, but you’re surrounded by your peers and eager to learn. When the teacher arrives and the lesson begins you’re terrified to realize you   …Continue Reading

Ten Years and Counting

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Bring out the piñatas, Reading Village is celebrating it’s 10th year! And we have much to celebrate. Your investment in literacy, education and youth leadership is breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. And the building blocks that make this possible are not bricks and mortar, but rather the critical ingredients of developing human capacity. Enjoy our   …Continue Reading

Top Down vs Bottom Up

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The two decades following the end of World War II were filled with excitement and challenge as the forces of good had just overcome the forces of evil. The US had beat Germany to the bomb and was in a race to beat the Soviet Union into space. The very definition of “American” was clarified   …Continue Reading

Measuring Social Fabric

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Every international nonprofit has its own set of criteria for the communities and people they serve. Some look at demographic data and work perhaps with women or children, others look at educational and/or economic opportunities and how to make them more accessible, and still others evaluate communities through a specific need such as clean water. And all of   …Continue Reading

Through Their Eyes

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On the last day in Concepcion we all wrote little notes to each other, teens to visitors and visitors to teens. Most of the notes I received were lovely expressions of love and gratitude. But one stood out to me. Camilo lives on the outskirts of Concepcion, a place up above the valley where life   …Continue Reading

Life is Unpredictable….Everywhere!

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In the US and other countries where our donors live, like the UK, France, Canada, Australia, we plan our lives and expect that our plans will come to fruition. And in a civil society where institutions and systems function well enough, we have reason to believe that our lives will go as planned. We drop off   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Transition + Transformation

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I think the part I like best about the beginning of each school year in Guatemala is the moment when one of our Community Facilitators asks a question, and a youth leader like Victor, who’s now in his last year of high school and our program, realizes that last year’s leaders who have graduated are gone. The ones   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Olga’s Insight

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A north wind has been blowing through the central highlands of Guatemala for several weeks now. You know what they say about north winds – they roll in with a vengeance and bring in a season of change. This north wind has been blowing cool and steady and it set the stage for one of our youth leaders   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Parent Meetings in Guatemala

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Today was parent orientation day in Chuacruz and Concepcion. I skipped the Chuacruz meeting and went to Concepcion to check in on some of our alumni. I found Rosmery at home. She has been teaching kindergarten the last two years at schools that are far from her home. She has put in an application to   …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