education here in
is to show parents
value of education.
education is valued, then
girl in the photo above could
to school instead of just
firewood to sell.
School: La Academia
We started our work in
Guatemala in 2011.
Finally, in March 2016 we opened
the doors to our very
own school because by the end of 2015 we had four
different classes all going on in three different
locations all over town!
update from our summer newsletter
on the students and the school.
La Academia is named for Plato's Academy
'a gathering place for intellectuals'.
We now have over 800 minds crossing the doorstep
monthly. At La Academia,
we can host the following programs for sponsored
students and families:
- Critical-Thinking (CT)
Programs for Teens
- 3-year fulltime Teacher-Training
- English Classes
- Spanish Classes
- Psychology Classes
- Counseling for students and family members
- Homework Study /
Tutoring for Teens
- Classes and playtime for our junior students
Daycare for a small group of most involved
- Programs for moms and dads
- Home base for our social worker/family liaison
- Special events and invited speakers (see photos)
- Food program serving
almost 1,500 meals and snacks per month
- and the resident street dogs, Chispa,
Muneca, and puppy Tasha!
And, all of the
staff are Guatemalans, except for one part-time
up to date with our Quarterly Reports here
your help, The Integral Heart Foundation offers a chance
to break the cycle
of poverty through its Sponsorship Program, in which each
The ability to attend our own school, La Academia, a public
school, or one of the
after-school projects with whom we collaborate.
- A monthly protein basket, meant to supplement the nutritional
needs of the
- Additional help when needed, with clothing, shoes,
medicine, school supplies,
and as is the case with several of our sponsored
families who need emergency
support because of frequent flooding and landslides
during the rainy season.
The opportunity to interact via video-Skype with
their sponsors as way of
their self-esteem and self-confidence.
- The invaluable opportunity to lift their entire family
out of poverty by learning to
education over manual labor and eventually completing
them the opportunity to proceed to university if they
In Guatemala, many after-school programs exist because children between
the ages of
6-11 years attend public school only in mornings, while teens do so in the afternoons.
This is the result of an infrastructure shortage which
makes it necessary for them to
share classrooms. With the help of your
sponsorship we can ensure that these children
attend one of the after-school projects with whom we
collaborate so that they are not
idle or getting into trouble during their free time.
Most of these after-school programs
are provided by other non-profit organizations.
Integral Heart Foundation collaborates with a number of
in and around the city of Antigua Guatemala. These
organizations work in the
areas of education, health-care and community
development, day care centers,
and construction of housing, schools and clinics. We
select beneficiary families
and individuals in co-operation with these local partner
YOUR SPONSORSHIP GOES:
Guatemala, a teacher in a public school earns $300 per month and a Police
after thirty years of service, will earn about $550 per month.
can see, a sponsorship of $35 - $55
per month will go a long way.
p/m college teen sponsorship:
85 % of that is for tuition, 10% for supplies, 5%
p/m primary level child sponsorship:
50% on food to family, 25% on shoes/clothing/medicine,
25% to the after-school project.
p/m for tot sponsorship:
50% to the kindergarten at the after-school project, 50%
on food to family.
from educating children, the challenge also lies
in inspiring the parents
to realize that education has value.
Since we know each of the kids personally, we are using
these funds to ensure
their continued education. Families qualify for sponsorship by means of a four page
interview/document that allows us to determine which
families simply need help
and which need and actually want help.
Your support will empower the potential
of those who truly want to benefit from this opportunity.
Your donations will also be used to purchase school supplies,
clothing and shoes
as are so often needed. In many cases we take the kid
and their family to the local
store to buy them enough food to get through to
As the children begin to
graduate, your support will pay for transport to school
college, college entrance exams, or any other necessities
such as doctors exams
and personal hygiene products.
videos: with your support we can all make many smiles!
YOU WILL RECEIVE AFTER SPONSORSHIP
Welcome Letter & Sponsor Contract Package.
progress reports throughout the year
on your child.
to photos and videos of our work with your child/family.
link to our Supporter Newsletter that goes out
2-3 times per year.
opportunity to email or Facebook your
opportunity to mail a letter or small gift to your
opportunity to present your child with your Heart-Message.
The possibility of interacting via Video-Skype if
you are always welcome to visit us, Guatemala, and your
4 or 5 of your friends to join you in sponsoring a child
person commits to $5 or $10 per month
a cluster can change a life!
43% of children under five are chronically
malnourished, one of the highest malnutrition
world. More than half of the population is below the national
and 15% live
in extreme poverty.
indigenous groups, which make up 38% of the population,
averages 76% and extreme poverty rises to 28%.
is a republic. It is 108,890 square kilometers (42,042 square
about the size of Virginia, half the size of the
UK and a little bigger than Ireland.
Guatemala is the next country
south of Mexico and with a population of 14 million
people, it is
the second most densely populated country in Central America.
our work and education programs by making a
Integral Heart Foundation is a U.S. Registered