Category Archives: Founders Corner

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

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

Founder’s Corner: Carlos

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Carlos was always a star while in our program. His musical ability and his creative talent led him to develop some of the most entertaining and engaging read-aloud activities of anyone in the program. He graduated last year and was accepted into the Asturias Academy’s new teaching fellowship program. Today, he and Julio – another   …Continue Reading