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

We believe that all humans are born with abundant potential—we are destined to become creators, healers, innovators, builders, educators. We yearn to leave the world better than we found it.
But a child born into the generational cycle of poverty is too often stripped of this destiny. We believe that every child, no matter where they were born or what their circumstance, deserves the opportunity to determine their own story. That’s where education comes in. Education is about justice. Where poverty robs us of opportunities, education gives them back. Education levels the playing field. Education opens doors. We have a vision of a Guatemala transformed through education: a future in which every Guatemalan child learns to read and graduates high school with the skills they need to thrive. Is this a tall order? Yes. But is it possible? Absolutely. Because we know that when we empower young people with the opportunities to rise out of poverty, not only will they determine their own stories, they will shape the destiny of their country.

Target demographics: In Guatemala, it takes 12 years of education to support a two-person family above the poverty line, but 95% of poor, rural kids never reach that milestone. Many come from regions where the average level of education is less than two years. Families often live on less than $4 a day and can neither afford the direct cost of attending school (tuition and fees) nor the opportunity cost of keeping children in school when they could be working and contributing to the family’s income. In addition to economic challenges, students face many other pressures to drop out including alcoholism, gangs, child marriage, abuse, and a lack of support from their families.

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: The Rise Youth Development Program: identifies promising young students who would otherwise be forced to drop out of school, and gives them the tools to break the cycle of poverty. In addition to providing full academic scholarships, Rise offers comprehensive support services from mentors, counselors, and psychologists, and engages students in workshops, community service, and visits to local businesses and universities that transform the way they think about their futures.

The Spark Reading Program: trains primary-school teachers in effective reading instruction and provides them with a library of books. Teachers receive 60 hours of group training as well as individual support and instruction through in-class visits. They also receive approximately 60 to 200 high-quality children’s books (depending on grade level and class size), which enable them to read with their students every day.

The Computer Program: CoEd establishes Computer Centers in middle schools throughout the Western Highlands, providing young people with access to state-of-the-art technology. Each school community partners with CoEd to renovate or prepare a classroom to be a fully functioning Computer Center, with proper security, wiring, ventilation, and lighting. All equipment is purchased in-country (to secure the lowest possible price and contribute to the local economy) and installed once the space is ready. A typical Computer Center houses 12-20 current-model PCs or 40 current-model laptops.

The Textbook Program: provides a low-cost, sustainable solution for giving students access to textbooks. Every program participant “rents” a set of books in core subjects like math, science, Spanish language, and social studies for a small monthly fee (about $1.50). These fees are collected into a revolving fund which is used to replace the books as they wear out.

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Now is a very good time to go to Guatemala to better understand the country and how to help make the people of Guatemala more successful in their own country so that they do not want to move to the USA. The Cooperative for Education has a proven record of how their work with education has made a difference in the lives of people.

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kkuck90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveling with the expert staff from Cooperative for Education is one of the most meaningful ways to see Guatemala. The tour blends cultural immersion and spontaneous fun with service. We visit schools, inaugurate educational programs, and have the opportunity to spend time with the Rise students that our family has been supporting. Each tour includes a home visit of one of the students and this is a moving and transformative experience. CoEd's programs are so impressive and to be a part of this organization and to be provided with a safe way to show my own kids Guatemala has meant so much to our family.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd's sustainable programs to break the cycle of poverty through education, support and guidance are having a huge and positive effect. It was life changing to see it firsthand and my family and I are excited to commit to the Rise Program and start sponsoring our student. CoEd is a TOP rated nonprofit that is effective and efficient in doing exactly what they set out to do! We are happy that we became a part of their family!

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Teeta

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cooperative for Education are doing a fantastic job at breaking the Cycle of Poverty through the Guatemala Literacy Project. Everyone should take the opportunity to go down there and meet the children. I guarantee you won't leave without sponsoring a child. This is a most rewarding project especially when you see the child's eyes light up when you tell them that you are going to sponsor them. Give a child a chance of having a better and prosperous life!! It's well worth it and very rewarding!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd are doing an excellent job of trying to break the cycle of poverty. It's working but a long way to go. Keep up the great work!! More volunteers are needed to make this a great success!! Let's get on board everyone!! Book a tour and see what it's all about!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd is by far the most organized and caring group I have ever traveled with. They use a common sense approach to administer their programs, and they care as much about the travelers as the indigenous people.

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Tom C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people making a major impact on literacy in Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fabulous sustainable nonprofit, so much bang for your buck! The tour of Guatemala was fun, educational and touching. All the details thought out and implemented perfectly. I especially enjoyed getting to know some kindergartners at a rural school. The founders have set this up so well, it is a way for the common person to really make a difference in the world!! Thank you Coed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd’s work in rural Guatemala is a proven success. I love that the organization initiates a self-sustaining system within each school so that their success is not from outside gifts, but from internal commitment. The administration benefits, the teachers benefit, the students benefit, and their families benefit. It’s beautiful to see students achieving beyond their wildest dreams.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The week was a 100% positive experience for me. Thank you to the GLP for what you do in Guatemala and for creating the tour to allow us a window into what your wonderful work is all about.

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bhagborg

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The incredible success and sustainability of the Guatemala Literacy Project has been made possible thanks to the commitment and dedication of the Cooperative for Education organization, and the close working partnership that has been in place with Rotary for more than 23 years now.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The incredible success of the Guatemala Literacy Project would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of the Cooperative for Education organization. Having highly motivated CoEd staff on the ground year-round in Guatemala is ensuring this sustainable project continues achieving positive and lasting results year after year. This is one of the best partnership models demonstrating just what can be accomplished when Rotary combines its efforts with a nonprofit organization like CoEd. Bill Hagborg, District Governor 2019-2020, Rotary District 7010

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Don M.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The trip to Guatemala with Co Ed was beyond my expectations. I was really impressed with the organization and the excellent work they do for education and Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are few things greater or more rewarding than giving the gift of education to a young child. And when you can connect with over 200 children in one Project Tour, you have done something great that effects not only the children, but you as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coed creates top quality opportunities for students and donors alike. The interactions we had while visiting will stay with us for a lifetime and feel like our student has been given the support she needs to be a success long term.

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Rachel P.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coed is a wonderful organization creating real change. I really enjoyed participating in a service trip with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoEd has developed a program to eliminate poverty in one generation through education. They have made it self sustaining so that it will impact future generations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CoED is a program that gets books into classrooms in a self sustaining program. This opportunity for a good education can eliminate poverty in one generation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Helping Hands tour gave us a firsthand appreciation of CoEd's singular contributions to Guatemala's students and schools -- and its future. We worked alongside eager children and witnessed their creative, dedicated, CoEd-trained teachers. CoEd plans its projects with expertise and Guatemalan leadership and stays involved every step of the way, making sure their human and financial investments achieve their goals. The staff's knowledge, dedication, and professionalism are a model for any NGO. On top of that, the trip was fun and rewarding, with CoEd seeing to our care, feeding, entertainment, and enlightenment. This was our second Helping Hands tour, and far from our last.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My trip with Co-Ed to Guatemala was one of the best and most moving experiences of my life! Not only was the trip well-planned and executed, but I was blown away by the thoughtfulness of the staff and the thoroughness with which they approach the work they're doing at the schools they support, and that I get to support through them. I look forward to working with them many more times in the future.

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Farran Tabrizi C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an incredible experience at the CoEd Snapshot tour. The trip was a great blend of cultural immersion and an amazing learning experience. The whole time there I wished my family could be there with me experiencing it too. I plan to return with them in the near future!

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Donor

Rating: 5

CoEd not only organized an amazing snapshot trip to Guatemala (my first!), but I found out they are a group of compassionate professionals who truly embody the Rotary theme "Service Above Self". I was worried about not speaking the language, but during my trip I learned some pretty amazing things about the world around me because of CoEd's staff being so knowledgeable. This was by far the best way to experience a snapshot of the Guatemala Literacy Project. The CoEd staff helped open my eyes to the beliefs and values other people and its influence on their everyday life. Although I would call this a once in a lifetime experience... I'm already planning my second tour with CoEd!

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Matt S.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first time in Guatemala, first group tour, first volunteer trip. Boy, did I luck out. Incredibly professional, kind and passionate group of people. The accommodations, transportation, food and activities were all top-notch. A perfect balance of service work, fun, optional activities and down-time. I feel extremely fortunate to have met these folks, and through them a wonderful cross-section of Guatemalans. I'm used to traveling alone, but I'd do a Co-Ed trip again tomorrow if I could.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We trusted CoEd to make our son’s first return trip to Guatemala a memorable, positive and safe experience. Our highest expectations were vastly exceeded through their friendly, caring and professional tour operation. I highly recommend CoEd for your travel plans to the beautiful country of Guatemala!

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1 smh2018

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from watching the programs of Cooperative For Education being implemented in Guatemala. The staff went above and beyond in the planning of everything we participated in, watched, and heard, truly a gold standard for sustainable projects.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Rotary Club of Calgary (Downtown) is proud to be associated with the Guatemalan Literacy Program. Being the foreign champion of the project implemented this year has given us immense satisfaction. The money has been used so effectively. Truly the gold standard in Rotary projects.

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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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Jerillyn C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work this organization is doing is exactly what the world needs. Education is truly the only way to understand others to create peace and reverse the cycle of poverty.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I traveled with Cooperative for Education to Guatemala to see their Guatemala Literacy Project in action, and I was totally impressed by what I saw. By providing books and computers to students, as well as teacher training to the teachers, CoEd is making a difference in breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been a supporter of Cooperative for Education (CoEd) since 2014. When we became aware of the organization and their mission, the first place we checked them out was on GuideStar. After getting great results from our review, we decided that CoEd would be a partner to invest with. Both of our daughters are Guatemalan by birth. CoEd gave us a vehicle to continue to positively impact the lives of children in Guatemala, especially young women, in a broader albeit shallower way than with our girls. Since our initial introduction, we have come to know many of the employees of CoEd. They are without exception the greatest group of folks we have ever been associated with, and we feel we are better people just for knowing them. There are a lot of very worthy organizations to donate to. But I don't know one more worthy than Cooperative for Education.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The staff is open and transparent. The staff of Cooperative fo Education live the mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been to Guatemala to see this project in action. I was so moved by it I returned with my wife. We have sponsored 3 students and I have traveled across the US to other Rotary clubs to tell them about this project. Breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

1 Thomas G.2

Donor

Rating: 5

These folks do great work for the children of Guatemala!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

COED made it possible for us to be able to help a Guatemalan girl become a nurse. This girl would not have been able to afford her education and is now working at a hospital and breaking away from poverty.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Donor

Rating: 5

Cooperative for Education demonstrably changes lives--come on tour in Guatemala and see for yourself! An educated population is a free one. Co-Ed's programs reach the marginalized through SUSTAINABE, culturally responsible methods to help these people access the mainstream. Co-Ed continually assesses its programs to ensure efficacy. They do what they promise. They are an important link in the chain of peace and prosperity for all of Guatemala's people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cooperative For Education is a non profit that empowers Guatrmalan students and advances their potential. The hardworking staff make sure that donations get funneled to the students. They are creative in exciting and educational ways in gathering those donations. Those of us who have gone on book delivery tours etc. are also empowered. Nothing makes a situation more real than joining a person in their life, community and environment for a while. A name, a face, a smile, an attempt at conversation and new textbooks. This is authentic caring.

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2 specialkrb

Donor

Rating: 5

After attending their Snapshot Tour in Guatemala earlier this year, I have a greater personal understanding of the direct impact which this organization has in breaking the cycle of poverty. I continue to be impressed by their professional approach and their care for both the people who benefit from their efforts and for those who continue to support them. CoEd's annual fun(d)raising event has become THE best in town and continues to attract donors from across the country. Kudos CoEd!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I traveled with the Cooperative for Education (CoED) on a Snapshot Tour, and it was like nothing we have experienced before. We loved getting to see firsthand the difference that CoEd is making in Guatemala. Through learning about Guatemalan culture and history, going to the schools, watching students perform, and interacting directly with students we fell in love with Guatemala and CoEd. The Guatemalan people we met were humble, joyful, and genuinely grateful for CoEd and their supporters. We personally saw that CoEd is fulfilling their mission in Guatemala of breaking the cycle of poverty through education, and we are now their biggest fans.

4 edventuremama

Donor

Rating: 5

We've followed the progress of this organization for several years and had the opportunity to visit one of the schools they work with in Pixabaj, Guatemala. I have had the opportunity to participate in some promotional campaigns. My daughter did some fund raising for the organization as part of a service project related to her high school work. At every stage we've been impressed by the careful allocation of the donated funds, the efficiency and small size of the necessary bureaucracy and the sustainable nature of the project itself. Co-Ed Guatemala has a rare blend of visionary progress focused effort and culturally sensitive, locally sustainable projects.

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