Mission: To support guatemalan rural economic development projects.
Geographic areas served: San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango, Guatemala
Programs: The ixtatan foundation provides support for the asociacion inhat which manages the yinhatil nab'en high school and small economic development projects in the san mateo ixtatan areas of guatemala. The support for the school is used for teachers' salaries, internet service, vocational training and computer training and maintenance. More than 100 chuj-spanish bilingual teachers have graduated from the high school since its inception.
ixtatan foundation provides funding for the seeds of wisdom school, a school for middle and high school students in san mateo ixtatan. In 2012, ixtatan implemented project based learning at the seeds of wisdom school, which allows students to explore real world problems and challenges.
ixtatan foundation provided scholarships and minor in kind donations and assistance to individuals in san mateo ixtatan.
The IxtatÃ¡n Foundation is funding and helping to direct a school in a part of Central America that has many, many problems. Despite the large number of issues that confound many organizations that try to help people in foreign countries, however, the Foundation is doing a remarkable job.
My time as a teacher was not without its difficult moments; however, it was, I realize now, one of the most important years of my life. I've been back in the States for three years now, and I rarely go more than two or three days without mentioning a memory or a vignette about something I did or learned during my time in Guatemala.
The people of San Mateo are some of the most wonderful people I've ever met, and as hard as it may be to cut through the red tape and work through the cultural differences to help them, it's absolutely worth it.