Education Success Stories

Rotary is the Best Partner

I love visiting the different Rotary Clubs.  Each club has its own personality with a common thread of Service Above Self.  This time trip I visited the Rotary Clubs of Salida, Escalon Sunrise, Wickenburg, Scottsdale Sunrise, Anthem and Sun City West.  All are great partners and supports of Amigos de Guatemala.  THANK YOU!

Rotary Club of Wickenburg
Rotary Club of Wickenburg
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Sunrise

A Great Partnership

ADIZ Director Fredy Argueta with ADG Director Jean Herschede
ADIZ Director Fredy Argueta with ADG Director Jean Herschede

No program can be successful without a trusting and great partnership.  Amigos de Guatemala is has been working with ADIZ – NGO and its director Fredy Argueta for many years.  It is through this partnership that so many students are able to continue with their studies.  Fredy’s goal is to improve the municipality of Zacualpa through education.

2014 High School Graduates – all females!

2014 Graduates

It is amazing after not having a single female finish elementary school a few years ago to a female only high school graduation class!  These young women represent the future of their community of Zacualpa and Guatemala.  Thank you to those who sponsored these students and the continuing students.

If you are interested in helping a new student transform her life, please click here.

Solar Lights Can Help Save Eye Strain

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Have you ever tried to read by candle light? The high cost of electricity causes many students to resort to candles in order to study. Though this may not cause direct damage to the eye, it can cause severe strain. Amigos de Guatemala in partnership with Soluciones Energeticas Apropiadas (SEA) has started a new program to provide low cost solar light to provide better visibility in dark homes.

A little about SEA – they started a solar business that reach over 1,000 homes per year and have also taught 100 students about solar power. In addition they have educated 50 young Mayan women about solar power so they are ready to start a women’s solar power cooperative in 2014.

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Gabino – Overcoming Poverty and Adversity

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How would you pay for your child’s education when your annual income is less than $500? Gabino’s mother faced this on a daily basis. He is the youngest of three brothers, the oldest blinded by his enraged father and the middle born with Grand Mal seizures. Starting at a young age, Gabino was the “man” of the house taking care of his older siblings. Smart and personable, Gabino came to the attention of our partner, ADIZ and was embraced by a caring and supporting sponsor (known as a godparent in Guatemala). Gabino is finishing his last year of middle school.

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Dominga – A First for Her Family

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Dominga is the first of her family to finish elementary school. She did so in her native Maya dialect with Spanish as a second language. When she applied for the Amigos de Guatemala scholarship, Dominga felt intimidated by Spanish. Through middle and high school, Dominga overcame her fear of Spanish, became a self-assured young lady and began to conquer English. Today Dominga teaches English in the Middle School where she started while working toward a college degree in English at a nearby university.

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New Amigos de Guatemala Library

The Library Exterior ADIZ office below & library above
The Library Exterior ADIZ office below & library above

The BIG news is the new Amigos de Guatemala library for the scholarship students and the community of Zacualpa.

The library construction was completed in September, 2012 and furnished in January, 2013 with the latest in computer, internet, audio and  visual teaching aids.

Read more about it here