Niños de Guatemala Sciences Po

Niños de Guatemala Sciences Po is a student association in Paris that aims to raise awareness about Niños de Guatemala and to raise funds for the NGO. Throughout the year, we organize various events such as the very popular “Fiestas Latinas”, a picnic or a theater performance. Last summer, five of us had the opportunity to volunteer in the schools in Guatemala. It was very rewarding to put names to the kids we were acting for and to feel part of this amazing organisation.
Last Wednesday, during the University’s Solidarity Week, we wanted the students that take part in our events but also see some of our photos that we took from our time at NDG. That’s why we organized a photo exhibition so the University students can see the reason behind all our activities.
Some members of NDG Science Po were present at the Exhibition to tell more to the visitors about the schools and their experience in Guatemala. We hope to have recruited some more ambassadors and potential volunteers for Niños de Guatemala!
The university calendar is coming to an end but the next generation of students is ready to maintain and increase NDG’s support and activities here in France. In fact, this summer, a group of scouts – including two students of Sciences Po – will be going to Guatemala to volunteer.

Paige – A volunteer and an ambassador

I spent 5 weeks at Nuestro Futuro school. I had the pleasure of working alongside Profe Bernal, and with the wonderful, energetic 4th grade

Randy McCool – Ambassador and Padrino

Family-Photo-at-NDG

Currently, I am a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.

I served as an obstetrician-gynecologist in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1996 and then entered private practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I have been at my present practice location in Illinois since 2008.

Throughout my career I have always enjoyed caring for expectant mothers and I thoroughly enjoy delivering babies for a living. The community hospital where I deliver babies (Northwest Community Hospital) exposes me to people of many cultures on a frequent basis.

As a father of three daughters, one grown and two still in school at home, I am aware of the importance that education is to a child’s future. In 2014 I became personally interested in the well being of children from Guatemala and felt compelled to help them directly.

I learned that many children in Guatemala experienced hardships in their day to day lives, and that by being a sponsor through Ninos de Guatemala I could help a child on a personal level by becoming a Padrino sponsor.

My family and I have been thrilled to exchange pictures and letters with our sponsored student and to get to know her quite well. We celebrate her milestones and encourage her progress in school. She shares and expresses her thoughts in thedrawings she sends us. We are excited as she learns to read and write and tell us about her and her family.

Ninos de Guatemala receives my support because in addition to helping provide education for children in Guatemala, their mission also provides services to families and the local community.

We took a family trip to Guatemala this past summer and were able to meet with our sponsored student and her family as we toured the Nuestro Futuro School in Ciudad Vieja.

Having seen with my own eyes and heart the impact that my sponsorship had for this family in Guatemala, I wanted to do more to help Ninos de Guatemala by becoming an NDG ambassador. In this capacity, I am able to share my enthusiasm for Ninos de Guatemala and tell others of the good that it provides to children and families in Guatemala.

It is my hope as an ambassador to generate a number of Padrino sponsors in the Chicago area and to have more stories to tell about the children of Guatemala!

Randy McCool – Ambassador and Padrino

Currently, I am a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.

I served as an obstetrician-gynecologist in the United States Air Force from 1987 to 1996 and then entered private practice in Bowling Green, Kentucky. I have been at my present practice location in Illinois since 2008.

Throughout my career I have always enjoyed caring for expectant mothers and I thoroughly enjoy delivering babies for a living. The community hospital where I deliver babies (Northwest Community Hospital) exposes me to people of many cultures on a frequent basis.

As a father of three daughters, one grown and two still in school at home, I am aware of the importance that education is to a child’s future. In 2014 I became personally interested in the well being of children from Guatemala and felt compelled to help them directly.

I learned that many children in Guatemala experienced hardships in their day to day lives, and that by being a sponsor through Ninos de Guatemala I could help a child on a personal level by becoming a Padrino sponsor.

My family and I have been thrilled to exchange pictures and letters with our sponsored student and to get to know her quite well. We celebrate her milestones and encourage her progress in school. She shares and expresses her thoughts in thedrawings she sends us. We are excited as she learns to read and write and tell us about her and her family.

Ninos de Guatemala receives my support because in addition to helping provide education for children in Guatemala, their mission also provides services to families and the local community.

We took a family trip to Guatemala this past summer and were able to meet with our sponsored student and her family as we toured the Nuestro Futuro School in Ciudad Vieja.

Having seen with my own eyes and heart the impact that my sponsorship had for this family in Guatemala, I wanted to do more to help Ninos de Guatemala by becoming an NDG ambassador. In this capacity, I am able to share my enthusiasm for Ninos de Guatemala and tell others of the good that it provides to children and families in Guatemala.

It is my hope as an ambassador to generate a number of Padrino sponsors in the Chicago area and to have more stories to tell about the children of Guatemala!

Padrino Program Administration Intern

NGO Niños de Guatemala – La Antigua Guatemala

Starting date: Flexible with immediate start options

Niños de Guatemala empowers communities in marginalized areas of Guatemala. We achieve this by providing education that extends beyond the traditional classroom across three levels: students, their families, and the larger community. We aim to be sustainable both at the organizational and community level through initiating and supporting social business activities and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit. To continue this mission, the Income Generation Department is looking for a new Padrino Program Administration Intern for 20 hours per week.

The Padrino Program is NDG’s Sponsorship Program that offers students the chance to form a bond with a role model and friend. As many of our children come from unstable homes, Padrinos provide the support and motivation our students need to succeed in school and grow into capable and conscientious adults.

Job Description

The Padrino Program Intern is an unpaid internship position that completes the daily administrative tasks of our sponsorship program. The Padrino Program Intern will work under the supervision and coaching of the Padrino Program Manager.

Responsibilities

  • Provide general administrative and clerical support including emailing, printing, and filing to management.
  • Translate, print, and organize letters from sponsors
  • Data entry
  • Help in the distribution of report cards and holiday cards
  • Facilitate the progress of Padrino folder creation and organization

Requirements

  • Bilingual English and Spanish
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills—written and verbal
  • Minimum three month commitment in Guatemalan office
  • University studies preferably in communication, journalism, marketing, graphic design or web design
  • A responsible, creative and independent work attitude
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Availability to work part-time in Guatemala for at least 3 months
  • Ability to support oneself financially for the duration of the internship
  • Dedication to NDG’s mission and orientation to its goals

We offer

  • Weekly meetings with direct supervisor
  • Discounted Spanish Classes
  • Frequent opportunities for internal capacity-building and on-going professional development
  • The opportunity to work in an international, multi-cultural environment
  • The opportunity to collaborate in the development of an organization working for the benefit of Guatemalan children
  • Working Monday to Friday with a flexible schedule

 

Please send your motivation letter and CV to padrino@ninosdeguatemala.org and include “Padrino Program Intern” in the subject field. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled. To learn more about our programs, please refer to www.ninosdeguatemala.org.

Changing lives

I became a madrina to little Gessell Garcia last year. This bright, affectionate girl is in preschool and just beginning her educational journey. Although she’s nearly 2,000 miles away, I feel closer to her every month as we exchange news about our families and lives. I don’t speak Spanish, so a Padrino team member translates my letters to her and her responses.

I’m deeply touched by the growing bond between us. She sends me drawings not just of herself but of me and my dog (who she hopes to be friends with someday). It’s her way of communicating with me until she learns to read and write. I recently gave her art supplies for her birthday. Each month, her drawings get better.

She wants to be a teacher. It amazes and humbles me that just $50 a month can help her achieve that goal, to give back to her community and give others a way out of poverty.

I’m so grateful that I have the means to help her dreams come true, to support her schooling as she finds her unique way in the world. Guatemalan girls like her too often end up married and raising kids before they’ve had a chance to grow up themselves. They never have a chance to learn all they can be. I would like to give Gessell more choices in her life, more opportunities to discover all her gifts and her true calling.

I became a madrina because I was asked to help. I hoped my support would change a child’s life. What I didn’t foresee was how that child would change me.

Cathy Chapman

 

For more information on becoming a Padrino click here, or to sign up right away, fill in this short form.

Melany and her Padrino

Melany is a student in her second year of  middle school who has been with the program since it began in 2009. Here, we spoke to her about having a Padrino and what it means to her.

What is the name of your Padrino?

James

When did you meet James?

He came to volunteer when I was in 3rd grade and he was teaching music classes. He became my padrino when I was in 5th grade. I never thought then he would have been my padrino. I started receiving letters that were signed from James. The day that they were going to introduce me to my padrino, he was there, and I wasn’t sure if it was him or not. He asked me “do you know who your padrino is?” and I guessed him. I was really excited!

What is the coolest thing you have learned about James?

That he adopted a cat. Now we both have a cat!

What do you value most about your relationship with James?

He is sincere, and he always helps me with English and encourages me not to give up. I don’t like math either but he tells me I have to continue studying, even when I don’t want to. He is my motivation and the reason that I continue to move forward.

What does your padrino mean to you?

He is a blessing to me because he is another form of help, because there is no other person besides my parents that has supported  me with my studies,  and no other person that says “I’m going to help you in school.” There are people that really care about children and that is admirable, and I admire James because even though he’s young, he’s taking being a padrino seriously.

Do you want to say anything to people who are interested in becoming Padrinos?

Yes. There are many children that need the support, because they often stop studying and going to classes because they feel upset, and they don’t have a support system. But if they have the support, they are more likely to keep going to school. I think kids should have a padrino because with James, I am happy, and he is my motivation.  I imagine that other kids would receive the motivation they need to continue studying as well.

To learn more about sponsorship click here or email padrino@ninosdeguatemala.org

To sign up to be a Padrino please fill in this short application form