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.


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.

Academy of Future Leaders

GRACES partners with Academy of Future Leaders (AFL). AFL is an English language and soccer program in Parramos. AFL hopes to impact the community spiritually, economically and relationally. They currently have 12 full and part-time staff members and more than 70 students enrolled in their programs.

Our Mission

To share the love of Jesus Christ by providing holistic education with a focus on physical, emotional and spiritual support for children who live in extreme poverty in Guatemala.

Our Vision

That the students we serve will know Jesus Christ and live a life of hope, purpose and opportunity, free from the chains of generational poverty, child labor and violence.


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.

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Hernan Garcia
Program Director Escuela Integrada

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Lillian Flores
Head Psychologist Escuela Integrada

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Lidia Bay
Kindergarten Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Glendy Apen
3rd Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Rafael Xinico
Art Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Alejandra Quintanilla
4th Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Fabiola Xar
Junior High Teacher
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Saira Castañeda
Junior High Teacher
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Cesar Ordoñez
Escuela Integrada

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Aura Axpuac
Escuela Integrada

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Randol Xulú
6th Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Monica Godinez
Assistant Cook
Escuela Integrada

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Idania Payolá
English Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Lezlie Toledo
1st Grade Teacher
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Mario Socorec
Escuela Integrada

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Candelaria Socorec
Escuela Integrada

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Cesia Acajabon
5th Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Lillian Alarcón
2nd Grade Teacher
Escuela Integrada

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Melanie Cuma
Junior High Teacher
Escuela Integrada

Academy of Future Leaders


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Andrea Mendez
Founder & Executive Director

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Jhonatan Mendez
Assistant Director

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Kevin and Lauren Sanchez
Academy of Future Leaders