What We Do for Our Community
Because the school day is only four hours long in Guatemala, children come to Open Windows in the afternoons to get help with homework, improve their reading and math skills and learn how to use the computer. Teachers and volunteers are devoted to instilling a love of learning and to getting the children ready for high school and beyond.
Open Windows’ work in building houses began with the assistance of Developing World Connections, a group of Canadian volunteers, who wanted to contribute to the Learning Center through construction projects. They also deliver eco-stoves to allow families to cook more cheaply and safely.
Computer skills are one of the best ways to provide young people with good job opportunities. Open Windows currently provides instruction at three levels, giving the children increasing familiarity with the computers and skills that can be translated jobs outside the coffee plantations and flower greenhouses.
More than 170 children have received these scholarships, allowing them to attend high school in a country where the average educational level is four and a half years.
Imagine searching for wood for hours, knowing that how much you find dictates how much time you have to prepare food for your family. Less wood can mean less to eat.
Meet Nilda Girón, New Director, Same Direction With the retirement of Teresa Quiñonez in May of this year, Open Windows veteran Nilda Girón has taken the reins. Nilda has been working at Open Windows more than ten years and comes well prepared for her new position by the wide range of her responsibilities over the Read more about Newsletter Summer 2018[…]
San Juan Alotenango is a community where people are happy to be incorporated to the program of eco stoves, since it will allow them to save firewood and improve their health by not being exposed to smoke produced by open fires.
A group of volunteers from Canada built a house for the Pérez family, which is conformed by the mother and three children, a young lady of 15 years, a girl of 12 and the youngest child of 7 years. For them it is a joy to have a house, because their mother works most of Read more about Community help[…]
In November the second visit in the year of Dr. Dion, who treated 87 children was held, reviewed weight, height and complaints presented. Thanks to Dr. Dion for assisting the children of this community and give recommendations to prevent diseases and control their nutritional status. Thank you for watching over the health of our children. Read more about Dr. Dion – Second Visit[…]