Guatemalan Relief Assistance for Children’s Education Services (GRACES) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization providing education and other support services for children and adolescents who live in poverty near Antigua, Guatemala.

Escuela Integrada

GRACES' primary project is a school in Guatemala. Escuela Integrada de Niños Trabajadores, which means “Integrated School for the Working Children,” was started in 2003 to provide accessible education for children subjected to labor because of dire circumstances. The school serves more than 200 students in the surrounding villages of Antigua, Guatemala.

Ahava

GRACES' secondary project is an after-school and community outreach program in partnership with Ahava Ministries. Ahava is dedicated to ending spiritual, emotional, and physical poverty through Christian discipleship, education, and health initiatives. Founded in 2014, Ahava provides scholarships for 75 students in the surrounding community and serves over 120 students through a biweekly after-school program.

Our Mission

To provide holistic educational opportunities through physical, emotional and spiritual support for children living in extreme poverty in Guatemala.

Our Vision

To improve the lives of our students by overcoming generational poverty, child labor and violence and empowering them to live a life of hope, purpose, and opportunity, sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

GRACES Board of Directors

Our Board is passionate about the work Escuela Integrada does with the children in Antigua.

Local Team

The teachers, administrators, psychologists, and staff of GRACES partners.

Hernan Garcia

Hernan Garcia
Program Director, Escuela Integrada

Bradler Santos

Bradler Santos
Principal, Escuela Integrada

Lillian Flores, Head Phycologist

Lillian Flores
Head Psychologist, Escuela Integrada

Lidia Bay

Lidia Bay
Kindergarten Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Sonia Flores

Sonia Flores
1st Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Francisco Tiu

Francisco Tiu
2nd Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Glendy Apen

Glendy Apen
3rd Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Rafael Xinico

Rafael Xinico
4th Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Alejandra Quintanilla

Alejandra Quintanilla
Elementary English and Computer Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Evelin Salazar

Evelin Salazar
Junior High Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Fabiola Xar

Fabiola Xar
Junior High Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Saira Castañeda

Saira Castañeda
Junior High Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Sandra Flores

Sandra Flores
Mayan Language and Junior High Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Juan Lobos

Juan Lobos
Psychologist
Escuela Integrada

Cesar Ordoñez

Cesar Ordoñez
Accountant
Escuela Integrada

Lilian Chonay

Lilian Chonay
Secretary
Escuela Integrada

Maria Reyes

Maria Reyes
Head Cook
Escuela Integrada

Aura Castellanos

Aura Castellanos
Cook
Escuela Integrada

Mario Socorec

Mario Socorec
Security
Escuela Integrada

Candelaria Socorec

Candelaria Socorec
Custodian
Escuela Integrada

Ahava

Andrea Mendez_Founder and Executive Director

Andrea Mendez
Founder & Executive Director
Ahava

Jhonatan Mendez_Assistant Director

Jhonatan Mendez
Assistant Director
Ahava

Yessenia Juarez_Property Maintenece

Yessenia Juarez
Property Maintenance
Ahava