Last week a friend handed me a water bottle and said, “Water is to the body what gasoline is to your car. Fuel yourself!” Drinking safe water is as critical to our health as it is easily taken for granted. When I turned on my faucet this morning, I did not stop to think about […]
Aileen joins her fellow classmates in the Mandarina Academy each day. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
Big smile from Steven at the Mandarina academy. (Photo by Rebecca Gant)
The love, lessons, exercise and fun experienced in the academies are often a stark contrast to life in extreme poverty. Kids can be kids here. Students grow intellectually as they are educated. They grow socially as they play with their friends. They grow physically as they are fed, clothed, taught proper hygiene, and receive vitamins. And […]
On September 15, 1821, Guatemala declared its independence from Spain along with five neighboring countries. As a national holiday, this date is commemorated as an opportunity for all Guatemalans to honor the birth of their country with celebrations and gatherings. Last Monday, staff at the Mandarina academy prepared the children for their own celebration. Parents […]
It’s their first day of English class this year, and my second day teaching in La Limonada. We play a game where the students have to guess the correct color in English. “The color of the sky?” I ask. It’s boys versus girls, and the would-be fierce competition is quelled by Steven, who calls out […]
I was recently able to visit the home of a new student at the school, Josué. He’s been attending for a couple of months now and has so much enthusiasm and brings even more smiles into his classroom. His house is seemingly peaceful – small, but clean. His teacher, Norma, and I simply went to […]
Along with many other initiatives to raise funds for the Escuelitas, the Escuelita Mandarina has begun selling chocolate-covered fruit to the community.
The team members at the schools take time to provide a clean and safe environment for the children. Here, China (pronounced ‘Chee-nah’) cleans the windows in the kitchen at Escuelita Mandarina.
January marks the beginning of the school year in Guatemala. Before the classrooms are filled with students, registration, meetings, and training must take place. This week started an intensive process for the staff at both schools in preparation for the return of the children. As all the teachers and staff sat in the meeting room […]
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