Meet the Integral Heart StudentsUpdated January 2014

Education is the heart of our work. Your sponsorship allows us to continue our work. We are seeking sponsors
for the children and adolescents below who are currently enrolled and attending our programs. We take pride
in knowing each one of our sponsored children and teens personally. To sponsor a specific child contact us

To begin your sponsorship, visit our ways of giving page. You can also see our graduated students on this page. 
Jimmy  - 15
Jimmy attends our education program of his own volition. The conditions of his home are so precarious that they are moving to a safer one but in a remote area. Because of the distance his parents simply cannot afford the cost of transportation for their four children to attend school and for going to work themselves.
Conal - 17
Conal lives in San Mateo and is an active participant in our classes. He lives with 9 other people in 3-rooms. They are resource poor but the family bond is strong and the parents want them all to study. He would like to go to college to study Technical Drawing.
Favi - 18
Favi came to our Critical -Thinking program just recently. She is an active participant and she interacts well with her peers. She lives with 10 other family members in rather crowded conditions. We are seeking to sponsor her.
Jessica - 14
Jessica is in her final year of high school and she is another super -stars in our Integral / Philosophy classes. After graduation this year she wants to go on to university to study law. 
Isai - 14
His story: Isa is 14 years old, and there are four other children in his family, one of whom is autistic. They eat just one meal per day normally comprised of herbs, tortillas or beans. Isa usually gets up at 4.30am in the morning so he can help his family in the daily tasks before attending school. He is the first student to arrive at the school, though he is the one who lives farthest away.
Juan Carlos  - 18
JC is currently in his second year of sponsorship with us. He is an astute individual and with his direct nature will make a great teacher when he graduates. After that he tells us that he plans to go on to a university to study business administration.
Grecia  - 17
Greica is also in her final year of high school and she is yet another one of the superstars in our Integral / Philosophy classes. After graduation this year she wants to go to university to become a doctor! 
Felipe - 17
Felipe is currently in this first year with our sponsorship program, which is allowing him to study to become an architect. He lives with 11 other people in crowded conditions but that does not deter his playful spirit.
Manuel - 18
Manuel lives with 8 others in a four room house which is made of block and tin in Pastores. He works to support his current studies of general topics so that he can qualify for university  where he wants to become a biologist. 
Shirley  - 17
Shirley lives in very crowded conditions (a hallway of their grandparents house) with two sister and their mom. She is studying marketing now with our help. After that she would like to go to university to study publicity. 
Conal - 17
Conal lives in San Mateo and is an active participant in our classes. He lives with 9 other people in 3-rooms. They are resource poor but the family bond is strong and the parents want them all to study. He would like to go to college to study Technical Drawing.
Sonia - 14
Sonia is the sister of Conal below and she lives with nine other people in three rooms. They are resource poor but the family bond is strong and the parents want them all to study. She would like to go to college to study to be a teacher.
Saul  - 17
Saul is in his final year of high school and he really loves our Integral / Philosophy classes. After graduation this year he wants to study Information Technology and we want to support that dream with him.
Dinora - 16
Dinora is one of the superstars of our philosophy program. She pays intense attention and is always asking questions. When she leaves high-school next year she wants to study to be a nurse or a lawyer.
Eduardo - 16
Eduardo has been us since 2011 and through another organization he is studying Electronics at ITE Antigua. He is a trooper because his home situation is dire, besides the remote location, there are 7 brothers and their mom with no dad in the picture. 
Maria - 12   
Maria is a sister to Byron to the left. We have found sponsors for their older sister who is now back in school.  She is one of 3 siblings who are living with their mom in a corn-stalk shack with dirt floors, tin roof and plastic to keep out the elements. Maria is going to school in the evening because the day classes are full up and we need sponsors to help with the cost of this support.
Sarah - 13
Sarah has been in our sponsorship program since 2011. She lives with nine other people in house with four rooms in total. He mom sells Guatemalan bread in the neighbor of the slum where their house is located. Sarah wants to be music or a voice teacher.
Carmen - 14      
Carmen is a sister to Byron and Maria below. She is one of 3 siblings who are living with their mom in a corn-stalk shack with dirt floors, tin roof and plastic to keep out the elements. Carmen is going to school in the evenings because the day classes are full up and we need sponsors to help with the cost of this support.
Rosa (& Jimmy)  - 17
Rosa (2nd from R) 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. Jimmy is also attending our education program.
Carmen - 14
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Carmen is one of six siblings. She is 14 and is already attending school on most days. We would like to sponsor her so that she can get the attention she most dearly needs at this time of her life. She is doing well at our Critical -Thinking classes also.
Angelita - 13
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Angelita (r) lives with her mom, her two younger sisters and her step-father. Abuse is rife in this one-room house. Her mom is sick and does not work at all and the step-father sometimes works in the market, but often he does not get odd jobs because he is already under the influence.

The 3 siblings!
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Three kids ages 7, 3 and 1 whose 
mother abandoned them. Their 
names are Luisito, Jimena, and 
Vincente. They were living with their grandma in a 1.5 room tin-walled shack with dirt floors. The grandma works all day picking up wood in the mountain while the older one 
takes care of the two little ones. These 3 began our tots program!

Mario - 13
His story: Mario Rolando is 13. 
He takes care of the youngest of his 6 brothers while his mother is working in the mornings. He attends school in the afternoon and loves it. He is of great help at the house.
As of now, there is no father, he died recently.
 
See Family photo here
See video of his home
Marta - 9

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Marta is 10 years old. She has 2 brothers and 3 sisters. They all live together with their parents in a one room house. Her father picks coffee beans, when in season, for a ten hours per day every day for which he earns $80 a month. Her mom works washing clothes in houses she earns $40 per month.

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Flor - 11
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Flor is 10 years old, she lives in a house in the mountain, Vista Hermosa. She lives in one of the highest (the higher the poorer). She has two brothers, one of them is also a student, Mauricio, and appears in the pictures below.
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Blanca - 12
Her story: Blanca is 12 years 
old and lives in the village of San Mateto. She is the oldest daughter of the family. She is very lucky because her parents would like her to study. 
Evelyn - 11
Her story: Evelyn Carina is 11 (and her sister Jacklyn to the right) are 2 of 6 siblings who live in San Andres, about 30 minutes from our home. She needs braces to walk to the bus that takes her to school, which she loves! That cost is already sponsored our long term volunteer Dianne Morton.
Jackie - 9
Her story: Jackie Beatriz is 9 years old. Her mom is suffering from depression after the death of her brother and grandmother in the last six months. Jackie wants to study but is beginning to present some stress symptoms as skin problems, lack of appetite, attention disorders and hyper-activity.
See Family photo

See video of their home
Maritza - 7   
Maritza is a happy little 7 year old girl. S he lives in a very poor situation. She along with her mom and younger brother recently moved into the house of her great grandmother as her dad is living with another woman who is about to have a baby. Her mom is working making tortillas but they often don't have enough for basic food.
Jazmin - 11  
Jazmin is 11 and lives with her mom and 2 sisters and one brother (to the right) on a hillside village outside the town of San Andreas.  Jazmin goes to school everyday and is getting good grades. Their mom, who is tremendously responsible, works about 2 days a week washing clothes and she only makes about $5 per day.
Wilson - 9  
Wilson is 9 and lives with his mom and 3 sisters on a hillside village outside the town of San Andreas.  As is quite common here, dad drinks, when he does work he makes about $6 per day working in the fields. Their mom, who is tremendously responsible, works about 2 days a week washing clothes and she only makes about $5 per day.
Pedrito - 2   
Pedrito lives in a house with 5 other 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. 
Byron - 2   
Byron is one of 3 siblings who are living with their mom in a corn-stalk shack with dirt floors, tin roof and plastic to keep out the elements. They used to be helped by a now defunct program with another organization so their situation is rather dire at the moment. Byron is attending our kindergarten so that his mom can find work to support the family.
Christina - 4  
Cristina 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 the kindergarten.
Kimberly - 7
His story: Kimberly is 7 years old, 
she is the oldest sister of 3 siblings. She takes care of them in the school and at home. Their mom works 7 days per week on a farm that is a long way from home and she barely earns enough for all of them. Kimberly loves to come to the school project (where we also do Leadership Development with the director) and where she can be clean, fed and doesn't have to worry about family conflicts.

 

Byron - 3

His story: Byron's home is a
windy and cold tin shack with
a very basic kitchen on the edge 
of a canyon, not very safe. These 
two boys take care of Alex
while mom is working,
shopping or picking firewood.
Byron is 3 years old.

See video of their home
Jasmine - 3
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This one is so cute we  took more than just one photo.  Jasmine lives in a shack of tin roofs and walls, and dirt floors high on the mountain slum that  abuts the school. Her sister  (Angelita) is sponsored and she has 2 other siblings.

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Gudiel - 8 

His story: Gudiel (pron. Gu.d.el)
G
udiel is 8 years old, he is the only 
boy of four siblings. Gudiel helps 
his mother picking up wood in the 
mountain to sell it at the market 
and bring some money home. He 
is also involved at the school 
where he helps with cleaning
bathrooms, fixing doors, 
bringing the trash out and 
whatever is needed.
Grecia - 6 
Grecia is a sibling of Keller to the right. Their mom is 50, and spends most of her time picking firewood in the mountains so the kids are left alone most of the day and the older ones can't go to school. There is no dad in the picture. The family also grows peas and earns about $90 per month when in season. There is no bathroom on the compound.

See video of her home
Keller - 8
Keller lives on a compound of 4 rooms and a variety of farm animals along with at least 15 other people. 3 of the other kids living here, we have already found sponsors for. The good news is that they have a stove in the house, which was donated by a local church. 


See video of their home
Maria Emiliana - 5
Her story: Maria Emiliana is a happy little 5 year old and whatever you say to her, she replies with a huge smile. She loves having people around who talk and pay attention to her.

See video of her home
Elizabeth - 10 
Her story: Reina Elizabeth is 10 years old and takes care of her little brother when her mom has to work in the local agricultural cooperative, where she earns about $30 per month. She would love to be a teacher, if she can study.
See video of her home
Keyla - 10
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Her story: She is also known
as the 'mighty mouse', self
-confident and outspoken. 
Her parents take care of the
water tanks for this part of the
town and she and several 
generations lives under trees 
in makeshift shacks.
Zaida - 7

We recently installed one of our
donated a solar unit to her family, 
because they had no light in their
home. Zaida is one of 3 siblings
we have sponsored and benefiting
from our programs.
Othelia - 3
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Othelia is 3 years old (almost 4!) and she is the sister of Jasmine (seen on the right in this photo) and also the sister of Angelita. Both of her sisters also have sponsors now. The goal is to keep the older one is school and as these two grow up also convince the mom of the great values of education.
Davide - 8

His story: Davide is a happy-go-
lucky boy who lives with his 
two siblings (to the right). Their
mom is 27, and she works an
evening shift for about $30 per
month. Daniel is 8 years old.

Fatima - 3
His story: Fatima is the youngest of these three siblings, and she is 3. She likes to play and to be with her brother and sister. She loves to come to the kindergarten at the school project (where we also do Leadership Development with the director) and where she can be clean, fed and doesn't have to worry about family conflicts.

See siblings here
Jose - 3 
His story: Jose is the youngest of his  3 siblings. Their mom works part-time for us here at the house. Jose and his family live in a 1.5 room tins shack that is clinging to the edge of a rocky mountain side, up the mountain slum of Vista Hermosa. Jose is 3 years old.
Maribel - 3 
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Her story: Maribel is a sister to Carmen (above). Their mom
works really hard to try to
support the family of 6
including the dad who
is an alcoholic.
Kevin - 3   
Kevin 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!!!  
Jessica - 5    
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.  
Sandy - 5 

Her story: Sandy is 5 years old and
very lively. She lives in a very poor
situation and needs help. Her mom
cannot afford to buy her a uniform
and shoes to go to the school. She
lives with her other three siblings
and her mom who earns 600
quetzals (about 70 USD) per month.

Their mom is on the edge of crisis
as she finds herself powerless to
support her family.


About Guatemala:
Guatemala is a republic. It is 108,890 square kilometers (42,042 square miles),
that’s 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.



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