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Mission: To help Guatemalan schoolchildren break the cycle of poverty through education.

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: Computer center program: the computer center program establishes and manages computer centers to provide technical education such as computer basics microsoft windows and microsoft office.

textbook cooperative program: the textbook cooperative program established new textbook cooperatives and managed existing textbook cooperatives which provide textbooks to students for a small fee which is saved to replace the textbooks so the schools will always have textbooks for their students.

bridges including guatemala educational tours: the bridges program is multifaceted and includes the following elements; guatemala service learning trips - these trips involve visiting guatemala schools, education presentations - trained presenters provide interactive multi-media presentations to schools, churches, civic organizations, and interested individuals about life in guatemala, the role of education in poverty reduction and ways to help website newsletters and educational materials - we offer statistical and anecdotal data about guatemala educational development and ways to get involved, collaborations - in order to make the most impact in guatemala we believe in the importance of partnering with other groups with common goals in term the effectiveness and reach of all parties involved.

other program services include different programs: culture of reading program (corp), scholarships, special projects, etc.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Karen Steele B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I just got back Monday and honestly could not have had a better experience. From the CoEd staff, learning about, and experiencing, CoEd’s programs and all the day to day logistics the group leaders managed was more than a 10/10. I could not have been more impressed with CoEd; this was definitely the best trip I have made to Central America! I couldn't feel more confident about supporting the work CoEd is doing in Guatemala to help children break the cycle of poverty. Thanks again.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

A really wonderful mix of tourism and service. Guatemala is wonderful and you see some great parts of it, even during the relatively short snapshot tour. But you also get real time in the schools with the kids and the families and the teachers and it's a truly moving experience. An easy-to-access, wonderfully curated tour with fun fellow travelers and committed guides-- cannot ask for much more!

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveling with CoEd on a Snapshot Tour has allowed me to share Guatemala with my children in a safe way. The tour provides a view into life in rural areas that tourists typically never experience. Visiting remote schools and sharing smiles with children from a different culture is something my kids will remember for the rest of their lives. What we learn from the CoEd staff and what we gain in compassion and awareness in one week is simply transformative.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The GLP Tour that is run by CoEd is a well thought itinerary that gives its participants a wonderful overview of the work that is being done by CoEd in Guatemala. The chance to meet and interact with the students and teachers gives the participants a slice of life in the community. The rugged terrain adds to the understanding of the difficulties that everyone faces in Guatemala.

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1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd is a program to help eradicate poverty through literacy. On a trip to Guatemala I was able to see this happen on a first person visit.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd is doing great things for Guatemala and its children – providing reading libraries and teacher training, textbooks and teacher training, computer labs and teacher training, and scholarships to attend high school. The staff listens to local requests to be included in CoEd’s outreach and then coordinates with the Ministry of Education, the local community, the teaching staff, the parents, and the students to lead a truly cooperative effort. As a Rotarian I am proud that Rotary has partnered with CoEd in The Guatemala Literacy Project and I plan to continue to support CoEd’s efforts.

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1

Donor

Rating: 5

CoEd staff are dedicated to making a difference in Guatemala. They are joined by Guatemalan Rotarians who feel that the program will help to change the future of their country!

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3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family spent an amazing week with Cooperative for Education ("CoEd") on their Heritage Tour. CoEd's staff was professional and personable every step of the way. The work CoEd has done and continues to do in the schools and with the students in Guatemala is inspirational. CoEd truly is using education opportunities and programs to help the people of Guatemala rise from poverty. We are grateful to have gone on the Heritage Tour and our son, a Guatemalan adoptee, felt a deep connection with his country and his heritage through CoEd's school visits, staff interaction and the many additional activities on the tour. CoEd will always be part of our family's connection with our beloved Guatemala and we are inspired and impressed with the good work they do in Guatemala.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The overall experience of the trip was unforgettable! The staff is very passionate about what they believe in and all the work they do.

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2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family traveled with CoEd to Guatemala on their first Heritage Tour from August 2-6, 2017. We brought our youngest who is twelve and we adopted from Guatemala as an infant, and our two older children.

The trip was a wonderful mix of family fun, travel with a group of families with adopted Guatemalan children and a dynamic group of CoEd staff members.

We were able to see the country, learn about its history and travel to schools that CoEd sponsors.

The most overwhelming part of the trip occurred when we made visits to two CoEd schools. We were greeting like rock starts and then humbled by their gratitude.

I was impressed by their understanding of the importance of education and the motivation of both the students, their teachers and their parents. They see that the pathway out of poverty is through education.

I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in traveling to a beautiful country, learning about their culture and being involved with a group that is truly changing lives to consider traveling with CoEd to Guatemala. It will change your life perhaps as much as it is changing the lives of those we are trying to help.

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

We attended the Heritage Tour and LOVED IT!! The staff were well prepared, respectful of our children, and made everyone feel comfortable and safe. The school visits were incredible and heartwarming. One can really see the impact of the work of CoEd in action and appreciate it at a deep level. Bravo!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd does amazing, measurable, very effective work for aspiring students in Guatemala. Their Culture of Reading programs and support of scholarship students to study past sixth grade are bolstered by a talented Guatemalan staff on the ground and active, energetic leaders in Cincinnati. Our visits with Guatemalan students at their schools and in their homes made very clear the enormous challenges of going to school in Guatemala and the fantastic hope and support CoEd provides. We are so happy to be involved in this organization!

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff of CoEd executed a flawless innagural Heritage Tour. I would not have changed anything about the experience. As a Guatemalan adoptee, I felt that the compassion and care with which the tour was conducted was unparalled. I was able to connect to the country, gain a solid understanding of what could have been, and honor within myself while feeling safe and secure. I was allowed the ability to get what I needed for my own journey with adoption and self discovery in a way I had only hoped to do previously. I would strongly recoomend this tour for any adoptees, or families connected to this beautiful country thru adoption.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd's work in Guatemala is making a difference in the lives of thousands of children, providing access to education and the resources that will give them a bright future. I highly recommend taking a tour with CoEd to see firsthand the work that they are doing!

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently returned from a Cooperative for Education Snapshot Tour in Guatemala. It was a life-changing experience for my daughter and me. CoEd does an amazing job! I am in awe as I continue to learn more and more about the sustainable programming they have successfully implemented to improve educational opportunities for boys and girls in rural Guatemala. The Snapshot Tour is an inside look at those programs, the students they serve, and the breathtaking country of Guatemala. The CoEd trip feels like a very well organized family vacation!

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2 kpgleeso

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this nonprofit! I know an employee of this organization, have met most of the staff, and attended their annual Fall Fiesta fundraiser. This nonprofit is full of people working for the greater good. Their entire team is phenomenally talented and could likely use their talents to make more money for themselves (and a big corporation) in the private sector, but they have chosen the righteous path working to educate the youth in Guatemala.

The work of this organization has a ripple effect. Just giving these children the ability to read exponentially gives them increased opportunity in life. CoEd has raised money for and installed computer labs in villages where almost all of the community would have gone their whole lives without even seeing a computer let alone having the opportunity to use one. I cannot commend this organization enough for the work they are doing. The money CoEd raises is put to use effectively to put children with limited opportunity through school and to improve the quality of education throughout Guatemala. Donors can witness firsthand the change their contribution is making by taking a trip to Guatemala with CoEd to visit the student(s) they are sponsoring. Every dollar donated to these children in Guatemala is an exercise in effective altruism.

2 Steven71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was humbled by the gratitude of the students, families, and educators that CoEd works with, and awed that there are 47,000 students currently in the program - helping themselves and their families to build better futures. The passion of the staff, and enthusiasm of the students is contagious to everyone on the trip.
The Snapshot Tour was a remarkable experience for our whole family!

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3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EVERYONE in the organization has hearts of gold! I feel inspired to help out as much as I can.

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3 Denise169

Donor

Rating: 5

COED runs on passion and efficiency in a way that is unparalleled in my experience. The tours are life changing for all involved. All the COED programs are designed for maximum impact to change the cycle of poverty.

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3 Chris261

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that Cooperative for Education is doing is truly making a difference in the student's lives by providing them with a future. It's giving them the opportunity to finish a school, find a job, and possibly encourage their siblings to follow in their footsteps and continue with their schooling, thus breaking the cycle of poverty in their family.

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