by Kelly McN:
is one of our philosophy superstars. He
lives in Jocotenango with his father, two
siblings and his grandma. His father works
as a security guard in a housing
development. The mother left the home some
years ago to go to live somewhere else. She
sees her children once in a while but do not
support them financially. Saul will
be participating in the meditation marathon
as part of Team Guatemala on December 8
of this year.
by Patrick Goonan:
has been attending our Integral
philosophy class / Critical Thinking classes
for the past year. She always pays attention
and she actively participates in all the
exercises. She is thrilled to have the opportunity
to evolve. Her three best friends, also in
our class have already found sponsors so she
is eager to find one also!
story: Sonia is 14 years old. She is also one
of our integral students, but as a young
Guatemalan lady she still needs to work more
on her self esteem. She has tons of
potential that she has not yet discovered,
but she is most willing to do so!
their family photo here
story: JC is 14 and the oldest of 7 siblings.
He is part of our Integral philosophy class
in San Mateo. He wants to be an
engineer. JC is one of 8 people living in a
2 bedroom house. He tells us the
environment at home is quite peaceful, but
the roof is leaking in many places.
by; Cory Anon.
youngest of our Integral philosophy
students. Selvin is learning about dreaming
and meditation. He wants to be an architect and
robots when he grows up. He lives with
7 other people in 2 rooms. We are grateful to S.E.A of San Mateo
for putting the critical thinking class
on their schedule.
by; Andy Hopper
story: Sonia is going to be a doctor when she
grows up. She wants to travel to countries
where people have less than they do in
Guatemala and then come home to help people
here. Her greatest dream is to see and feel
the snow. She is very sweet and a little shy. We
are grateful to S.E.A of San Mateo for
putting the critical thinking class
on their schedule.
by Leah Fogarty:
is the oldest of 8 siblings. Although she
was born in a conditioned culture in which
the older daughter cannot study and takes
care of the parents, she already surpassed
this and studied to be a teacher. Now she
wants to keep studying to become an
attorney. She is a bright example for the
rest of the girls in her community and in
the philosophy class on how it is possible
to transcend deeply rooted social
conditioning. She needs financial support to
fulfill her dream.
(2nd from R) Rosa
is the oldest of four siblings and has been
our philosophy student for two years. The
conditions of her previous home were so
dangerous that they are moving to a safer
one but in a remote area. Her parents simply
cannot afford the prices of daily
transportation for four children attending
to school and for going to work themselves.
So these children will have to stay at their
grandparents house even in those dangerous
conditions, for now.
is the funniest one!!! He is the only child.
His parents work all week for the minimum
salary which is about $200 per month. They
live in a dark, old two roomed home with the
grandmother who is sick and needs constant
medication. He loves coming to the kinder
and is our soul!!!
story: Jessica is a sister of Pedrito. She loves her
daily baths at our kindergarten and being
dressed up and of course adding a little
bit of jewelry.
For more about her situation see the
description of her brother.
is the only child. He lives with his parents
in a room inside his grandparents home. The
father works as laborer on a farm and his mother makes tortillas; between both of them
making about 200 dollars per month. Chinito
had a great improvement since he started
attending to the kindergarten program this
lives in a house with other 5 families. Each
one of the families has one room each. In
his family there are 4 siblings and his
parents. Pedrito suffers from an illness of
the kidneys and needs constant treatment.
Because of this he is usually grumpy but
some 15 photos later we caught him with this
smile. We are asking for a sponsorship of
$75 per month so that we can also contribute
to his medical treatments.
is the youngest of 8 siblings. She lives
with her siblings and parents in a rented
house. The house has no water, power or
drainage and it is built from wood, tin and
sugarcane stalks. Her father works as a
guard in a private home and the mother
doesnt work as she is going through
by Alaina Attard:
is the youngest of 3 siblings. She lives
with her mom, two siblings, grandmother and
her great ant. The father does not help the
family much and the mother works to raise
the three children earning 250 dollars per
month. She is one the brightest smiles in
Hernandez (14) not pictured here is also sponsored
a monthly sponsorship amount:
on the amount you wish to offer as your
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with a monthly amount.
Thank you very much!
Mick, Debora, Liz, Reinhard
and all the Team at
Integral Heart Foundation.
is a republic. It is 108,890 square kilometers (42,042 square
miles), thats about the size of Virginia,
half the size of the
UK and a little bigger than Ireland. Guatemala is the next country
south of Mexico and with
a population of 14 million people, it is
the second most densely populated country in Central America.
43% of children under five are chronically
malnourished, one of the highest malnutrition rates in the
More than half of the population is below the national
poverty line and 15% lives in extreme poverty.
indigenous groups, which make up 38% of the population,
averages 76% and extreme poverty rises to 28%.
If you have any question on the sponsorship
process, please email us
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