We talk a lot about creating opportunities and connecting you to students, teachers and families in Guatemala to create a lasting impact. Check out exactly who that is and what we’re up to!
Our sponsors are paired with students from impoverished backgrounds who are provided with a high-quality education from the Education for the Children Foundation’s School of Hope and beyond. Here, they’re empowered to become motivated, confident and employable; a different take on sponsorships as sponsors will follow the student from kindergarten on to further education (high school and university). This leads to rewarding employment that will improve their quality of life, help them break free from the cycle of poverty and become leaders of change in their communities.
Our pilot micro-business is located in the tiny pueblo of Chicamen. What started as a quite literal mom and pop business has already seen tremendous growth! 20+ products are freshly made here and sold to the community, 2 NGOs, 2 restaurants in Antigua and 6 area schools. We’ve grown to multiple employees with a plan to hire even more. Our team not only receives hands-on assistance, but also nationally-certified training classes on baking and business development. A percentage of the profits will come right back into the community through education and opportunity efforts via our partner, Provee.
Click here to meet our operations team and learn more about what we’ve got cooking! And, watch this short video below.
Our year-long Training/Mentorship Program launches in 2020 at La Escuela de Chicamen just down the road from Panaderia Apoyo and at the Eduction for the Children Foundation’s School of Hope! Each teacher is paired with a sponsor and a local school teacher who acts as a mentor throughout the year. Ali New will lead 1-1 professional developments, and when the teacher has an in person meeting with their mentor, they will receive an item off of their sponsors-funded classroom supplies wish list. We are so excited to see the growth of these teachers, and subsequently, their students.
Through the generous donations of a team from the States, we are providing breakfasts for 300+ students at the school in the pueblo of Manzanillo. Typically, the government gives Guatemalan schools just 1 quetzal (or $0.13) per student. We are humbled to replace this meager offering with a hearty meal each and every school day. We value education dearly and believe that you can’t learn on an empty stomach!