A note from Executive Director Hannah Nadeau:
I was in 5th grade the first time I learned how to shift. My dad would take me to basketball practice and teach me how to shift as he drove. After that, I practiced actually driving with my grandpa in a ’72 Ford pickup on old farm roads. Then, in my first year of college, I had to borrow my parents’ manual car to drive to school. Shortly after, I moved to Guatemala where I learned to drive a 15-passenger manual microbus through the streets of Antigua and its surrounding villages….and a lot of shifting took place.
Learning how to shift is necessary, and it proved all the more important in 2020.
This past year, most of us had to learn how to shift rather abruptly. For GRACES, that meant learning how to educate impoverished students remotely, using their economical smartphones and providing a total of 2,564 data packages over eight months of online learning.
It also meant providing 110,796 meals through food bag distribution, which required driving a total of 627 miles to deliver them. It meant our psychologist performed 333 counseling sessions through phone calls, video chats and messaging apps, and it meant sending pre-recorded bible lessons bi-weekly from our local church partners.
The shifting that took place was necessary to continue our mission of providing physical, emotion and spiritual support to our students.
I want to thank each and every one of you for shifting with us and providing your unconditional support and love for the children of Guatemala. God has uniquely woven together our GRACES community, and together we are able to accomplish His mission.
Hannah Nadeau Girón
GRACES served more than 200 students through Escuela Integrada & Proyecto Capaz
2,564 data packages given
so that students could study from home.
14,080 meals served
to the students before the onset of the pandemic.
110,796 meals provided
after the pandemic through food bag distribution.
882 Hours of distance learning provided
627 miles driven to deliver food bags
594 counseling sessions (333 virtually)
24 teacher scholarships
GRACES entered its third year of the Graces Gratitude Program, which allows the school to provide supplemental support and ongoing education for teachers.
17 Bible classes held
by local church partner Iglesia del Camino.
12 local board meetings & activities held
Escuela Integrada now has its own local board to support and advise the school.
90+ food bags given to families of Proyecto Capaz
Proyecto Capaz (the girls after school program supported by GRACES) offers academic support and snacks for students after school.
11 workshops held
for the staff of Escuela Integrada throughout the year.
11 out of 13 junior high students graduated
The 11 graduates received scholarships to continue their high school education.