Open Windows Learning Center is a Dynamic Education and Community Development Project
in the town of San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala. Open Windows currently provides 1,000 children in the community with important learning services and programs to help improve their life options, while promoting self-sufficiency.
San Miguel Dueñas is an agricultural town of 12,000 people. For most families, sending their children to school presents significant financial difficulties. Although San Miguel Dueñas is a mere twenty minute drive from the prosperous tourist center of La Antigua, very few residents of the town benefit from its proximity. The town has a substantially lower standard of living, with most members of the community working in the local coffee plantations and flower nurseries. The average monthly income is less than $200 per month and many homes do not have electricity.
The level of education is very low, making the need to improve it a vital priority. In Guatemala, the literacy level is only 71%, with the average child completing only four and a half years of school.
The educational programs provided by Open Windows include, helping children with homework, reinforcing reading, writing, math skills and teaching computer skills. The afternoon activities are aligned with the 4th grade curriculum of the public schools. Additionally, a scholarship program enables young people to complete a high school education.
Because many families are unable to provide their children with a balanced diet, Open Windows gives a nutritional snack to each child every afternoon.
While education is the main focus, Open Windows does a great deal of work in community development to improve local living conditions. This includes the building of houses and the installation of eco-stoves. In order to learn more about our role in the community please click on our Community Development page.
Open Windows Learning Center continues to foster self-sufficiency in San Miguel Dueñas by supporting education and improving the living conditions of children and families who face considerable economic challenges daily
Over the years, Open Windows Learning Center has become and will continue to be a vital part of the community with its educational and community development.