Tag Archives: Chajul

Creative Conversations

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    Emily Sun is a graduating senior of the Youth Global Leadership program. This school year, Emily designed and facilitated a service project, or “Cor Project”. Emily’s “Art Pal” project (Compañ[email protected] de Arte) facilitated an intercultural art exchange between students from Casey Middle School, Boulder, CO, and Collegio Mixto San Gaspar, Chajul, Guatemala, in order ...

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A Chat with Ernesto Perez, Guatemala Country Director

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Our mission at Philanthropiece is to empower changemakers to create healthy and resilient communities. We like to believe that this mission starts with our staff. Certainly, Ernesto Perez, our Guatemala Country Director, exemplifies the qualities of a local leader who strives, through both his action and example, to generate positive social change. Recently we had an opportunity to learn a bit more from him about his community of Chajul, his motivation, and his vision for the Philanthropiece Scholars program.

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Focusing on Malnutrition: The Key to Educational and Economic Advancement

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“A safe and nutritionally adequate diet is a basic individual right and an essential condition for sustainable development, especially in developing countries.” – Gro Harlem Brundtland Hunger and malnutrition are very real problems plaguing a huge percentage  of people in Guatemala. And the problem is even worse in rural and indigenous communities including the areas ...

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Snapshots from Guatemala

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Like a photo album of times preserved, our days are comprised of snapshots—or at least this is how our memory seems to capture meaningful experiences. We remember moments, and whether these moments hold sadness, joy, courage, or inspiration, they are uniquely special nonetheless. Our intention for traveling to this vibrant and resilient country, was for ...

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Guatemalan History 101

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A Short Historical Perspective, by Joanie KnudsonI am so looking forward to BIFF this year!  Not only is it a great lineup of films as usual, but we’ve really developed a great Call 2 Action series this year, and I’m thrilled to be introducing one of this year’s Call 2 Action films at the Boulder ...

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Granito: A Call To Action

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"In a subtly powerful moment towards the end of Granito, we are allowed to share an intimate moment with a Mayan compañero as he rests against a tree in his mountain stand post. He tells us why he is there, why he chose to join la lucha. We learn that “granito” is a Mayan concept in that each ...

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Lighting up Chajul with Nokero

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Executive Directors, Libby and Joanie, along with Director of Programs, Katie Doyle Myers, recently traveled to Chajul, Guatemala to check in with our on the ground partner, Limitless Horizons Ixil.   They packed a lot of extras in their suitcases, including these amazing solar light bulbs from Nokero (the N200 to be exact).   The demand for solar ...

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Itsy Bitsy Spider in Chajul

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Andrew Zechnich, an amazing photographer, recently traveled to Chajul in mid-March alongside two high school Spanish classes from Portland, Oregon visited Chajul to learn about the Ixil culture, Guatemalan history, and LHI’s programs. After having prepared months in advance with Joan Williams from Mundo Exchange, and coming armed with material donations, fourteen students and three ...

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