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Lan Vwa

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October 2017

Another school year has come to an end in Joconal. We aren’t

sure where the time went, but we have our third year of secondary

classes under our belt. All of the students did very

well this year, excelling in their classes. With their grades in

hand, they are getting ready for their three month break before

we see them again in January. As usual, our students have different

plans for their break than you would expect. Here’s a quick note from Karina

to tell you more:

“The end of the year went well. The kids were ready for finals and

‘vacation’. As you may know, most of our kids work during their vacation, because

it is harvest season for the coffee farmers. They try to work as much as

they can during this time. Before they go back to work, we will have our end

of the year party on November 10th. We will be giving prizes to the kids that

have the best grades, are good in sports, or are good artists. We will try to be

online if anyone would like to be a part of the celebration. Thank you so much

for making this possible. God bless.”

3rd year


Adam Wroe

Follow up note from his trip:

“During my time with the students, I asked them if they

had ideas for any inventions they could make, and I

would try and help the kids think of ways they could

craft their inventions from the surroundings. They have

a great amount of ingenuity. Nearly all of the ideas

were meant to help people in need or to make their

lives more efficient and beneficial. Also, I was able to

talk to some of the elders of the village about what

they think of the school; how it has been improving

the lives of the students; and how it has been improving

the village. They told me that they have high hopes

for the future of their children and are very proud to

see the progress they have been making.”

Brand New Classrooms

Our newest students in Joconal can’t wait to start school.

When we first started working in Joconal, we saw a huge need for education

at various levels. Children did not start school until age 7, and as we’ve

mentioned before, the school ended at 6th grade. Knowing that they would walk

three hours each day to attend school, we got started with secondary classes

in order to prepare the youth of Joconal to pursue a better future.

When classes began in January 2015, the need for educational support

at the primary level was magnified. Most of our students were not testing at

their grade level. It was extremely obvious that the teachers in the primary

school had an impossible job.

Children would start 1st grade without any education. They did not

have books in their home, so they were not read to before bed. They did not

1 out of 2


in Guatemala

suffer from

stunting caused

by malnutrition

according to the

World Bank. Child

malnutrition is

linked to poverty,

low levels of

education, and poor

access to health


About us

Where is located


Joconal is in the district

of Zacapa. It is a five hour

drive from Guatemala City to Joconal.

The nearest city to Joconal

is Gualan. It is a 45 minute hike

from our school to the Honduras


Where do we have


Our school is currently

hosted at the

Leiva’s Coffee farm. The

Leivas turned two of their

rooms at the farm house

into school rooms.

know the alphabet or numbers. We learned that

the first grade teacher in Joconal is responsible

for teaching a room of 25 children everything they

should have learned in Pre-school and Kindergarten

in addition to the 1st grade curriculum without

any assistance. This often led to children failing 1st

grade and would create frustration in relationship

to learning. It is common for children to drop out of

school before completing 6th grade.

With this in mind, we hoped there would be

an opportunity to help meet the need for a Preschool

and Kindergarten at some point. We began

the reading program to begin addressing this need

in what small ways we could, with hopes to help the

community start a program for these 4 to 6 year old


We began exploring the number of kids at

the age for Pre-school and Kindergarten. We knew

we didn’t have space for the children, but we wanted

to be able to create a plan. In September, Karina

spoke with a leader in Joconal. He shared the incredible

news that he along with other leaders in

the village would build their children a school, so

they could have a Pre-school in Joconal. Karina and

I were blown away when we heard this.

Karina made sure I knew that it wasn’t going

to be the best classroom, but honestly, I disagree.

Nothing could be better than fathers coming

together to build their children a school. Sure,

a state of the art classroom would be great, but it

would rob these men of the opportunity to provide

for their children. I could not be happier. This shows

that the people of Joconal have been empowered

to invest in their village.

With classrooms in the process of being

built, we are getting ready to start the new Preschool

and Kindergarten in January 2018. We have

hired our new teachers and are preparing lesson

plans. We could not be more excited for our next

step in Joconal and look forward to introducing you

to our new students in the weeks to come.



They want to

hear from you!

The students would love to hear from you. You have pictures of them. Why not

send them a picture of you! Let them know who you are and things that you like

to do. This is a great opportunity for them to learn about your culture and for

you to encourage them to keep up the good work.

In order to make things simple for you, we’ve created an email for your sponsorship

communications. No need to worry about your Spanish skills, your

email will go to our staff for translation before being sent to your student.

Email: students@lanvwa.org

Subject: From “your name”

We love to share our mission!

Would you like to get your church or community group involved in our mission, but you’re not

sure how? Right now, we are looking for church and community groups to partner with in order

to expand our mission. If you think your group would be interested, just send us a note. We’d be

happy to give you materials to share or come share with you. Email kellymarie@lanvwa.org to get


Our school would not be running without people

like you. It has taken voices from all over the USA

and Guatemala joining together to get us where

we are. Thanks to your willingness to share, we

have made a difference in the lives of an entire

village, but we want to do more!

That is why we created the Ambassador Program.

We want to equip passionate people with the

tools they need to make a bigger impact. That

means taking our model to more students and

impacting more communities through sustainable


Sign-up to share your voice!

Visit us online at LanVwa.org

Get Involved

We are so excited about what’s happening

in Joconal, and we know that many of you

are as well! We’ve been asked quite a bit

lately how people can get plugged in. If you

are one of those people that want to get

involved, here are a few financial and volunteer

needs we have moving into 2018:

1. Sponsor one of our 22 new students

at $38 a month.

2. Support the cost of a desk for our

Pre-school at $32 a piece.

3. Buy a bag of supplies for our students

at $85 a piece.

4. Join our passionate team of professionals

on the board of directors.

5. Volunteer to translate documents

to Spanish for 5 hours a month.

6. Become an ambassador and make

a difference in the lives of students

throughout Guatemala.

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