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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: To connect areas in need with the proper tools required to improve the quality of education being used to teach students, prepare them for higher education, offer continual learning support for educators in these countries, supply access to valuable learning resources directly to each student, create a sustainable resource that will continue to grow indigenously as part of each individual community after we have left, and to help equip them with the necessary tools to achieve their full potential in life while giving back to their community.

Target demographics: create access to education

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2 schools connect 57 students with 6 qualified teachers

Geographic areas served: Guatemala and Haiti

Programs: our online classroom, equipment, internet, and electric.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LanVwa is a nonprofit program dedicated to the goal of providing education to children in their own community from preschool through high school.

This program is a success based on the dedication of those that provide the education and efforts to provide a positive place for learning.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work they are doing is real and the impact on the present and future generations is incredible.

Great people... better cause!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing vision and purpose to give back what poverty has stolen.
They have very good plans to make their vision a reality.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Lan Vwa, es una familia comprometida con desarrollo y el bienestar común, su filosofía son los valores cristianos fundamentales para la convivencia en armonía con la sociedad que nos rodea, invierte en la educación de los niños y jóvenes de escasos recursos económicos motivando a que sean agentes de cambio dentro de su comunidad y que puedan visualizar un mejor futuro para ellos y su familia.

Karina L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IT has been amazing to see what LanVwa is helping in Joconal. God bless everyone who is part of these

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a blessing to be part of this non profit. The change that this has made to our community it is amazing.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very proud of the Lan Vwa organization. In a short time they have helped a community, not by giving them a lot of money, but by teaching them to help themselves. Lan Vwa proving that education makes a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Education is the most important thing we can give our children. Through education we can help make the world a better place for all. The work this organization and their volunteers is doing will help to make that happen.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Knowing the volunteers who donate their time and efforts shows what an extraordinary nonprofit Lan Vwa is. They are an amazing group of people passionately contributing to an amazing organization, doing everything they can to give back.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The leadership of Lan Vwa demonstrate amazing vision and passion, AND they make it all happen with their tireless planning and networking. I'm so proud of the recent graduates, and I can't wait to see how many thousands more students and villagers will be impacted by this organization in the coming years!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of knowing the founder for quit a few years and her selfless passion to help educate children in underdeveloped places is unprecedented, every cent given to this non profit whole heartedly makes a difference! Please volunteer your time or donate any amount you can. Rest assure this charity is worth every minute & every penny!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a volunteer with LanVwa, and I couldn't be more proud. Such a small organization who puts their full heart and soul into education and their students. I know every effort made and every dollar donated is going to a phenomenal team of people serving a very hard working group of students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked on a few fundraisers with this group. Through the interaction with LanVwa's leadership team it can be clearly seen that they have a heart for children that desperately need an opportunity to pursue education. I have also met some of the students that have benefited from LanVwa's cyber schools and their testimonies prove that my desire to support this nonprofit is well founded.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have gone on a few visits to the Joconal, Guatemala cyber school created by LanVwa as a volunteer. This group of individuals is serious about their mission for furthering education. The students have developed dreams for their future where previously they had none. Children who had never seen a computer are now sending emails (sometimes even in English!) to each other and to remote instructors. Adults who never had the opportunity to further their elementary education are taking time to learn after work. The evidence of progress can be clearly observed and motivates me that anyone can make a difference in this world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Lan Vwa! They are completely dedicated to educating children to contribute to their community and their future. For such a small organization they do a tremendous amount of good. I am grateful to be a part of this loving, giving group.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our church partners with Lan Vwa - meaningful, relationship-based, heart-filled work. We receive regular updates and opportunities to invest in what they are doing educationally in these communities. We're thrilled with the work they do, and excited to continue partnering with them in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

We absolutely love working with Lan Vwa! The passion they have for education of children is contagious.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Gathering Church has loved working with LanVwa. It is such a wonderful opportunity to support facilities and students at their school.

Keegan C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is incredible how far this non profit has come since its beginning. If you care about children and the wellbeing of those less fortunate, this is a nonprofit you want to take a look at!

Grayson D.

Donor

Rating: 5

We love Lan Vwa and the amazing work they do! We recently help them to plant coffee trees in Guatemala and look forward to workin with them more in the future!
Much love!
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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you so much for helping the coffee farmers expand their business. Looking forward to planting more trees in the future.

Ben_53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Worked with local college students to introduce them into world of professional and compassionate educational training.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share with your students and for introducing ways they can make a difference.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing Nonprofit organization. Everyone involved with making this work are very loving and caring people. Congrats to all your success, and I hope the future leads to helping more and more kids.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you, Dan! We would love to see more students have a better future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa is one of the most innovative non-profits I've ever encountered. I believe deeply in the work that they are doing and encourage you to give them a look.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you for seeing the value and believing in our mission, Timothy.

Donor

Rating: 5

LanVwa is an organization that empowers children with the opportunity to learn. The board, volunteers and partners are generous and solve big problems with what they have. They have never been afraid to think outside of the box and to do things that haven't been done before. The heart and the passion of this organization is for the people they help and the evidence of it's impact is in the dreams of it's students being nurtured and realized.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Rcatzl4tl, Thank you so much for your review. I hope we can continue to grow in that positive way.

Jamie105

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does an amazing job optimizing its resources- finding ways to connect educators with those who are in need to change lives near and far.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you, Jamie! We love dong what we do and hope to connect more students with qualified teachers as we grow.

Alli S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa knows the power of education and does all things necessary to get kids the education they deserve with a deep passion! I've personally been educated and inspired by their work, too.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you so much, Alli! We hope we can continue to inspire and educate others about the need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So much I could say about LanVwa! A small organization that gives its full heart to its cause! They provide education to those who couldn't otherwise have access (or, who could but at a tremendous cost), and they do everything they can to ensure the success of their students.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you, mherrle! Your time and support makes everything we do possible.

Chrissy13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LanVwa is doing excellent work to help children in impoverished countries get the education they deserve.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you, Chrissy13!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to lan Vwa earlier this year and was immediately impressed with their work and dedication in providing secondary education to children in the rural village of Joconal, Guatemala. Students in rural areas of Guatemala do not have access to higher education and therefore the cycle of poverty continues. Thanks to the cyber classrooms that Kelly and Karina founded in 2013 children now have the opportunity to complete their high school education and to gain successful employment.

Lan Vwa is bridging a crucial gap. By connecting students to qualified teachers through an online classroom, they are able to overcome the obstacles that have prevented young people from reaching their full potential in the past. In January of 2015, they connected 19 students to secondary education in Joconal, the first step in their journey out of poverty and towards a brighter future for themselves, their families and their community. 5 of those students have graduated on October 29, 2016 with a high school diploma.

I look forward to the next virtual Open House and meeting all of these motivated students again.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you for your continued support and encouraging words. We are looking forward to the next school year and everything the future has to offer.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa, reminded me of the Australian School of the Air. The similarities show that the idea is proven. Now to see them graduate their first class is wonderful. Lan Vwa's vision is to end the cycle of poverty by providing access to secondary education for children around the world. Lan Vwa is currently focusing on Guatemala and the city of Joconal. I look forward to seeing them grow and replicate the model, where each village takes over the model, freeing Lan Vwa to work with more villages around the world.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Grahammew, thank you for educating us on the Australian School of the Air. We look forward to replicating our model and seeing the true impact of our students making a difference in their own village.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa is an amazing organization whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty by providing access to secondary education for children around the world. Lan Vwa is currently focusing on Guatemala and the city of Joconal, and this community is about to have their first graduation ceremony--what a remarkable achievement and one that would not have occurred without this incredible nonprofit organization! As a recent addition to the board I am humbled by the opportunity to work with such a compassionate and caring group of people who are truly changing the world, one educated student at a time. Bravo!!

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

We are so thankful for your willingness to serve on the board and look forward to growing the organization together.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been a privilege to be involved with Lan Vwa! Lack of access to education is one of our biggest global problems, and Lan Vwa has responded to this in an innovative and deeply committed way.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

It is a privilege to work with you. Thank you, jla144!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lan VWA has an amazing vision; to give back what poverty has stolen. The board members are great humans; Always brain storming for better strategies to uphold our mission and vision. Far exceeds my expectation, I am honored to be part of this great organization.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

We're honored to work with you, Nerlande! Thank you for joining the team.

Kenan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization with some of the most passionate people I've ever met, and a world-class mission to match. I cannot wait to see how much they accomplish in upcoming years.

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Kenan, Thank you for sharing your expertise to help us grow our mission! We cannot wait to share the true impact of our work thanks to your support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa has an incredible vision for the future of sustainable international impact through education. The leadership team and program staff throw so much energy and passion into the work they do on a daily basis. I am so grateful to have worked with such a fantastic organization. Stay tuned for even more excellent work as Lan Vwa continues to grow!

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LanVwaInc 11/01/2016

Thank you for bringing your passion and experience to the table.

Board Member

Rating: 5

LanVwa continues to do unique and amazing things in education. I was impressed by the recent virtual open house hosted live from a classroom in Guatemala. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was around for the startup of this nonprofit and I know the true passion and heart of the leaders of this group. The students that benefit from this group would never have gotten an education otherwise; how do I know this? Because I was there. I was in the middle of the jungle and watching young girls get married at thirteen because there was no education available until Lan Vwa stepped in. This nonprofit is truly a saving grace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization with great vision. I have worked with them in a volunteer capacity on several occasions in Joconal, Guatemala (where they have their first school). Everyone in Lanvwa has a great heart for helping, are hard working and are extraordinarily selfless.

I couldn't recommend any non-profit more than Lanvwa. They are committed to their work and determined to see it through regardless of any hurdles they may come across.

Donor

Rating: 5

The vision of Lan Vwa is truly a unique one that is taking root and becoming a reality. They are making inroads into poor third world communities (Guatemala and Haiti) with technology to bring them the advantage and future benefit that is derived from having an education. This is a labor intensive effort requiring partnership with educators, IT professionals, software developers, coffee producers, and donors. Lan Vwa is making a difference for children, as well as adults, bringing to them an opportunity that they would not otherwise have. They have made a large impact and have done much work with little financial backing. It is my expectation that once this success story is understood many more contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals will allow this model to be expanded to other countries.

Donor

Rating: 5

The vision of Lan Vwa is truly unique and the vision is taking root becoming a reality. They are making inroads into poor third world communities (Guatemala and Haiti) with technology to bring them the advantage and future benefit that is derived from having an education. This is a labor intensive effort requiring partnership with educators, IT professionals, software developers, coffee producers, and donors. Lan Vwa is making a difference for children, as well as adults, bringing to them an opportunity that they would not otherwise have. They have made a large impact and have done much work with little financial backing. It is my expectation that once this success story is understood many more contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals will allow this model to be expanded to other countries.

Michelle334

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Lan Vwa! I think what they do is amazing and I have recently been able to see what they've been able to accomplish. I have been supporting through a regular, monthly donation for almost a year, and they just allowed us to participate in a vertual open house where we were able to "meet" the students. They spoke of themselves, their families, and what they've learned. Such an amazing experience to be a part of.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa is doing amazing things! Young people in a rural village in Guatemala are receiving an education via a solar powered cyber program. This would not be happening without the passion of the director of Lan Vwa. She is changing lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was invited to join by an existing Board member who I have known for a long time. I had heard of the wonderful things that Lan Vwa does and once I became more actively involved with the Board, I see that the mission of the organization is truly upheld and the funds are well spent.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa is giving those that can not speak a voice through education. I am excited to be apart of the journey and seeing how Lan Vwa overcomes obstacles by leveraging technology and people with a passion to provide education. It is rewarding to see so many young children choose education, which will open many bright doors in their future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Lan Vwa is impacting lives in Guatemala and Haiti every single day. Education is changing the future of many promising young lives and they are being given the opportunity to rise out of poverty and build a strong future. Having lived in Guatemala I can say firsthand that the work that Lan Vwa does is invaluable, and no one else is doing it. From the expertise and dedication of the Executive Director, Kelly Waugaman, to the commitment and passion of the Director, Karina Leiva, this nonprofit is doing excellent work and I am proud to be associated with them.