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Friends of Ninos de Guatemala

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: NDG is a Dutch-Guatemalan nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala by providing quality education to those who need it most.

Target demographics: Communities in poverty with little access to education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 474 students

Geographic areas served: Antigua, Guatemala

Programs: Primary and Middle school education, Nutrition and Health services, Family Support Programs

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the chance of learning about Niños de Guatemala when I was doing an internship at Good Hotel Antigua, I was lucky to be working with 2 mothers of NDG students. Many times, I heard them mention how grateful they were for the opportunity NDG was giving to their children. At the beginning of this year they had a vacancy, I feel honored to be working for such an amazing project. I also had the chance to volunteer for a day and it was a great and heartwarming experience.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former teacher, I cannot say enough about the positive atmosphere created at the Ninos de Guatemala school in Ciudad Vieja. The way the children smile when they walk in the door, and the effort that they give in the classroom, demonstrates how much they have internalized the values and mission of the program. The teachers and staff are extremely dedicated, and the parental involvement is stellar. There is no doubt in my mind that these schools play a vital role in the community.
We loved our time volunteering and enjoy sponsoring students and sharing letters, it helps us feel connected and involved in the success of the program.

Jv C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi,

I came to Guatemala with intention of also doing Volunteer work, met an American woman name Gina who told me about Ninos de Guatemala.
I am very pleased with the Volunteer Assistant name Laura, she has been very helpful, educating, giving me a tour and providing me with valuable information.

I would definitely work with her again next time around.
I like how she took the lead in the classroom.
Laura is kind, corteous and friendly, I see a brighter future ahead of her.
My time with the kids i cherrish, I miss them already.

I am glad this organization exists, I do believe that children are the present and the future, we are all in this together.

Sincerely,
Jho

Javier F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I´ve worked for Niños de Guatemala for 3 years, between July 2015 and July 2018, and I could not describe with words how overwhelming the experience was. As a former Auditor working in the private sector for 7 years, it was my first experience in the non-profit sector and in Central América, and I could not have picked a better organization. From the moment I arrived, I was deeply touched by NDG´s commitment to improve Guatemalan children from low income families.

It is an organization that is well organized, transparent and efficient with the use of resources (89% of funds raised are allocated to the programs and only 11% are administrative expenses). The staff are fully committed and the Schools are simply wonderful places to be.

Now, I´m no longer working for NDG but I´m still involved through sponsoring a child and participating in the different events that I´m invited to. I´m convinced of the great job NDG does to help break the cycle of poverty through education.

Charlotte R.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent close to 6 months volunteering at Niños de Guatemala and I can't wait to go back! I worked both as a volunteer at their school Nuestro Futuro and as an intern in their office. I also took spanish classes at Cambio, their Spanish school, which I highly recommend as well. I love the fact that all of the profits from Cambio and the tours are directly re-invested into the organization.
The internship was wonderful, I learned so much about what it's like to work at a non-profit and it was a great opportunity to work with some truly amazing, selfless, and hard-working people.
The best part for me, though, was volunteering at Nuestro Futuro. For one thing, it was really interesting to go to Ciudad Vieja, and get outside of the "Antigua Bubble" and see what life is like for most Guatemalans. Everyone at the school -- the parents who volunteer there, the administration, the teachers, and of course the kids, are so lovely and welcoming and hard-working. All of the kids needs are taken care of, which allows them to reach their full potential and take advantage of the great education they are receiving. The school creates such a loving and fun environment for kids who are often coming from difficult home situations. It was such a special experience and by the time I was done I was so attached to my kids that I cried on my last day of volunteering.
It might sound like a cliché but volunteering at NDG was a life-changing experience and the work they do is so important. I really do think that they are making serious strides to empower the next generation and break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala.

Nikki K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was lucky enough to be able to spend 10 weeks with Niños de Guatemala and I want to go baaack!
I believe that Niños extinguishes itself from other NGOs by the program they have and by the people that work permanently for Niños de Guatemala. The vision of NDG is to really break the cycle of poverty; that means not only provide education to the students, but also to make sure that parents are willing and are able to support their children. It means making sure that the students get nutritious snacks to help them stay focused, it means providing English and IT classes on top of the standard curriculum so that chances on the job market increase. It even means providing psychological help to the ones that are in need of this.

When you spend some time with NDG you will notice that the people that work for this NGO do this out love for the kids, and because they want to see a brighter future for them. Everyone works hard to spend the money that there is wisely, and to find new opportunities to make Niños de Guatemala even better!
As a volunteer you are treated very personally and you can notice that the work that you are doing is very much appreciated - by the NDG staff as well as by the teachers and students. Within a week you will feel at home and will never want to leave again! ;)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Niños de Guatemala on the fundraising team in the Guatemala office. I was lucky enough to experience and witness, first hand, the work being done in the country and highly valued every minute of it. I believe in the mission of NDG and know the organization will continue growing and serving more and more families in the area.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my first time volunteering and I loved it. I really felt to help and support a great organization.
The whole system of NDG is thoughtful and reasoned and every dollar you spend comes to the kids.
I can also recommend to spend the time in a guest family and take spanish lessons, this is local living and experience Antigua at its best :)
I will go back to NDG one day!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered in the primary school when I visited Antigua and wanted to help more. My husband and I sponsored a child in secondary school. I visited Antigua again. School was not is session but Christian arranged for me to meet our ahijada and her family. It was such a powerful experience meet to her and know that we were helping someone who would eventually give back to her community. Thanks to Niños de Guatemala for helping the children.
Patti

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NDG is a fantastic organization and I have seen first hand the incredible work they do every day in their communities! I volunteered with them back in 2014 and was so impressed with the effort they put into changing lives through an holistic approach to education, that I have remained involved with the organization for years!

1 Rebecca Malkin C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to volunteer many months with NDG both in their Antigua offices and their Ciudad Vieja school. It is a team of passionate, dedicated and hardworking individuals who successfully provide a lasting educational impact to hundreds of children and teens, and by extension, stability to their families. The organization is growing and I can't wait to see the advances they make in their second decade, both for the communities they operate in and for themselves as they evolve from start-up to scale-up mode as an organization. Congratulations!

1 Ryan S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've known NDG for a decade now and they have only become more impressive with every passing year and every additional initiative.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best time volunteering with NDG!
Everyone was great, dedicated and motivated to help and made sure that the time and donations reach those who need it the most: the kids!
The organization makes a big difference in the kids' lives and I was really happy to be a part of it!

1 Elise S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience with Niños de Guatemala. Really, a life changing one. Not exaggerating. The people I worked with, the organization itself, the accommodation, the school, the kids, just everything. It opened my heart. Definitely recommend this one!!!

1 Harriette R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NDG is by far one of the best Nonprofits I have volunteered for (and I have volunteered a lot!)
The mission is solid, it is well run and efficient and transparent with how it works. The staff are fully committed and the Schools are simply wonderful places to be.

Volunteers are treated with utmost care and personalized attention. There are weekly volunteer activities together which are always fun and Antigua, Guatemala is a magical place to stay.

Come volunteer with NDG, you will NOT regret it!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had such an amazing time and experience when I was volunteering for Niños de Guatemala.
When looking for volunteer experiences, for me it was really important to know where all the money they fundraise go. When I read that 100% of the profits are invested in their schools, I was surprised. But when I got there, I knew it was real. They are doing such an amazing job to make those unfortunate kids and families happier and healthier. Education is not for everyone in Guatemala. Niños de Guatemala made it real for some kids whose families cannot even afford to buy drinking water everyday.

I volunteered the whole month of November 2017 at El Porvenir school in San Lorenzo El Cubo. I was assisting the teacher of a class of 7-8 years old, 3 mornings per week. The kids were so happy every day to go to school: smiling, laughing, hugging the teachers (even me!)... They are so well taken care of. 2 afternoons per week, I was animating a class: sports, games, handcrafts... Anything I could think of. It was my way of making them happy. They loved those courses. As I already spoke Spanish, it was an easy task for me to animate a class by myself. I loved it.

Living in Antigua while volunteering was simply amazing. I didn't choose a host family, I just chose to look for my own place and cook my meals myself, as I couldn't afford a host family. And it was amazing that way.

Volunteering with Niños de Guatemala opened my eyes regarding the privileges most countries (including mine) have regarding education.
Niños does not only provide education to the kids, and that's what I love the most. It also helps the whole family in different kind of ways.

My volunteering experience was very well organized, Zita the volunteer coordinator was the best, always motivated, always smiling, answering any doubts and questions we had, always trying to find ways to improve things and make the volunteers feel well and very welcome. Without her, the experience would not have been the same. And that's why I chose to volunteer at the office an extra month to help her a bit more with the Experience Guatemala Challenge. I did what I could and loved it.

I recommend very much volunteering the way I did with Niños de Guatemala. Thank you for everything you've done for the kids until now. Do not change the organization too much, I loved it the way it was as everything worked very well.

Audrey (France)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As part of the Experience Guatemala Challenge I got to see first hand what this great individuals do for the children, families and community. This incredible group of people help kids with lower income get an education by building schools; providing teachers, materials, food and most important a chance for a better life. They incorporate the parents by a volunteer program wich also includes a meet with the school physiologist to help break the chain of abuse and empower the parents and kids to life a better and healthy lifestyle.

1 Alexis16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about what an incredible job Niños de Guatemala is doing to make education more accessible while greatly enriching the quality of life of children and their families. From fully staffing every school with teachers well versed in its Montessori style to mentorship programs and family counseling services, Niños de Guatemala has set forth one of the most well rounded comprehensive education systems I've ever witnessed and I'm proud to have had the opportunity to volunteer with them. An absolutely excellent organization from start to finish.

1 Dave Ivey

Donor

Rating: 5

I have sponsored a student through their amazing Padrino program for the past couple years and I competed in the 2016 Experience Guatemala Challenge, a fundraising project that helped to expand a school in an underserved community near Antigua. There are so many wonderful people working for this organization, changing lives -- including my own!

1 Logan R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the chance to work first hand with this nonprofit both in Guatemala at their hone base and here in the states through fundraising events.

They are extremely passionate and so much fun to work with. They show tangible and immediate results from the funds raised for the children, family and school system of Guatemala.

Thanks to this nonprofit I have long lasting friendships and memories.

1 Kike C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been lucky enough to visit the schools Niños de Guatemala supports. I've seen the difference they are making in the lives of so many wonderful children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very professional outfit that has proved it has a sustainable business model and is doing very good work in a very impoverished area of the world, where it is most needed.

I am currently volunteering here running music workshops and have been pleased with the support I have received. I've also been surprised at the equipment that has been made available for me, such the PA system and projector, which help immensely with the activities.

Great place to run such workshops whilst practicing teaching in Spanish to very enthusiastic and friendly youngsters.

If you'd like more information about my experience of this organisation or if info about how I ran my workshops may be able to help you run yours, you can contact me online at Open Sauce Guitar (also on Facebook).

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been sponsoring a young lady to get educated. With this sponsorship also a daily meal is fed to the children who attend the school. In this way they are better able to learn It also eases the financial burden for the families when these children are not able to enter the workforce as they are instead at school.
The coordinator replies to email questions very promptly. Shehas been most helpful and pleasant
I believe education and employable skills are the way for the children to become income earners in the future. This is especially important for females to give them worth in a society where they are often viewed as worthless and replaceable.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The organization has a very personnal approach. Their enthusiasm and effort vibrates in all their communications and actions

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a most worthwhile group to support!
The staff is responsible and receptive, and the children are terrific to get to know,too.
I have visited the school and am enthusiastic about its missiin for the children and their families.

1 Melody12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for niños de Guatemala has been nothing but amazing! Everyday has something new to offer,
whether it be doing crafts to decorate the classroom, helping the teacher with plans, or assisting in the classroom. I've worked in primero for the past couple months and I have nothing but good things to say about NDG. After volunteering I take Spanish lessons at Cambio, which is a social business of NDG, and therefore the proceeds go directly back to the organization!

If you are looking for fun and rewarding volunteer work.. (And to improve your Spanish) I would highly recommend Niños de Guatemala!

Sophie D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and i wanted an opportunity to serve when we found out about NDG. The main thing that attracted me to the program was how the program is focused on helping out the local community with job opportunities while providing excellent education to children of Guatemala.
When we arrived we learned more about how the schools have grown and more children are able to go to school. I was really impressed with the admission process that requires a strong family commitment and engagement in order to have a child attend.
I am a teacher from CA and we have other experiences in Mexico where the schools were a bit run down without set structures. After our first day here with NDG I was really impressed with the quality of the school and especially the high expectations of their employees and students alike.
I would highly recommend supporting this association and help move the country forward.