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Small Gifts Big Blessings
December 15, 2018
GRACES launches new film— ‘Day in the Life: Eli’s Story’
Brick by brick: Lux Serech family breaks cycle of poverty through commitment to savings, education
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Life after Fuego in a developing nation
June 10, 2018
From the roof of the house where I am staying, I can see two volcanoes — Agua and Fuego. They are the giants that surround this small city, and they make up many of the postcard images of Antigua, especially the dormant Agua, which rises a few miles from the south end...
Give a kid your lunch!
April 3, 2018
The children who attend Escuela Integrada are hungry. They live in impoverished homes where food is often scarce or not even available. It is hard to learn when you are hungry. A child with an undernourished brain is more likely to be lethargic and cannot easily process information. They may...
Class of 2017: First in school’s history to have all students pass, graduate together
November 21, 2017
Escuela Integrada's 9th grade class received their diplomas on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Hotel Real Plaza in Antigua. The 9th grade students performed a ballroom dance during the graduation ceremony. This is the first year in the history of the school that all of the students...
The end of a decade, a return to Guatemala, and the meaning behind my new tattoo
November 19, 2017
The stove smoke pierced my lungs at first breath outside the airport, the air heavy with pollution and the struggle to survive on what little resources exist. I found my name on a sign, held by Sergio, and he walked me to the small car of his cousin. Sitting in...
Home visits provide new perspective for mother, son who won trip at Quetzal Gala
November 12, 2017
Taylor Steele carries a bag of food to a family on a home visit. Elizabeth Cole and her son, Taylor Steele, came to Guatemala for the first time the week of November 5. Cole's bid won the all-expenses paid trip at the Quetzal Gala earlier this...
‘Status of the School’ update shows higher achievement rates, stronger management of instruction
November 9, 2017
Video: On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Escuela Integrada celebrated graduations for first and sixth grade. After diplomas were awarded, first grade students released balloons into the sky, each one carrying a small piece of paper with their dreams and wishes for the future. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, Bradler Santos, principal, and...