Category Archives: Philanthropiece Scholars

The Guate Cafe

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In a time where collaboration has become a form of resistance, we thought it would be pertinent to share about a forum for collaboration here at Philanthropiece that has been instrumental in mobilizing, and how it is evolving in today's new political climate.   We sparked the Guate Cafe in 2012 to bring together people and organizations based ...

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Telling Stories. Sharing Knowledge.

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We are incredibly proud of the people who design, inspire, lead, and participate in our programs. They are all integral parts of our community of changemakers, of men, women, and youth who are co-creating resilient communities. We are moved to hear their voices, learn from their actions, and share their stories. That's why, about once a ...

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Scholar Spotlight: Our 1st Year Changemakers

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Philanthropiece Program Intern, Caitlin Mendenhall, has been interviewing the Philanthropiece Scholars in Guatemala about their experiences. This interview shows how the five new Scholars, Manuel, Regina, Otoniel, Andrea, and Axcel, are developing their new roles as change makers in their community. How are your experiences going so far? Otoniel: It is a privilege to be here at Philanthropiece. ...

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A New Community Space for Chajul

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The Philanthropiece Scholars in Chajul, Guatemala are putting their training into action by creating social ventures that will lead to positive change in their local community.  Philanthropiece Program Intern, Caitlin Mendenhall, has been interviewing each of the venture teams to feature their work. This is the second post in a series to profile the Philanthropiece Scholars' ...

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Finding Inspiration in Chajul

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Inspired. That is the best description I can give after returning from five weeks in Chajul with the Philanthropiece Scholars. I am not a talented enough writer to put into words the emotion and excitement I felt about this program. In a nutshell, it is working - better and faster than we could have imagined. ...

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So Much More than Composting

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The Philanthropiece Scholars in Chajul, Guatemala are putting their training into action by creating social ventures that will lead to positive change in their local community.  Philanthropiece Program Intern, Caitlin Mendenhall, has been interviewing each of the venture teams to feature their work. This is the first post in a series to profile the Philanthropiece ...

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A Letter for the New Year

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It was a great honor to receive this letter last week from Diego Eliseo Imul Calel, a third year Philanthropiece Scholar in Chajul, Guatemala. Eliseo is studying nursing at the Universidad Rafael Landivar in Santa Cruz Quiche; he is concentrating on maternal health. The letter is translated from its original Spanish and published with Eliseo's permission.  ...

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Creating Change, One Worm at a Time

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The Philanthropiece Scholars in Chajul, Guatemala are putting their training into action by creating social ventures that will lead to positive change in their local community. In this blog post, Jake Matlak, our Associate Director of Programs, describes the "Lombricomposto" - vermiculture - project that is being developed by the Scholars' sustainable agriculture team.  The ...

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