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  1. Dreams to reality: From a student to a young professional


    Here at the School of Hope our vision is to empower all our students through quality education to ensure that they become motivated and employable leaders of change in their communities. Some of our students have a clear career path that they want to embark on as soon as they leave the School. This is exactly what happened to Rocío.

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  2. High school student, avid reader and football referee: meet Edwin, a student of many talents


    February has been a busy month at the School of Hope with all classes taking part in our Football Tournament. Playing with and against their classmates is teaching the children about teamwork and healthy competition. One of our graduates from 2018, Edwin, has been volunteering in the tournament as a referee to ensure fair play. While being a football referee has been fun, Edwin has other plans for his future.

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  3. From The School of Hope to City Success: The journey of Carlos Escalante


    You may remember Carlos from our blog in 2017. He was studying Pedagogy and Psychology in a university in Guatemala City while working nine hours a day, four times a week, just to keep a roof on his head. The hardworking and determined student has since graduated and has come a long way since his studies.

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  4. Donate Your Dinner for The School of Hope


    In the lead up to World EFTC Day on Thursday 19 March we're asking all of our supporters to donate their dinners to fund our 2020 nutrition shortfall budget.

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  5. Meet our auto-mechanic students: building futures for themselves one car at a time . . . Thanks to a generous grant from The Foux Foundation!!


    We want to encourage all our students to follow their own educational path after they graduate from the School of Hope. To our graduates Jennifer, Nixon and Kevin, this path led to high schools studying auto-mechanics. They are breaking the mould and building a career and future in the field they are passionate about.

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  6. David's Tonne Run Banishes the Winter Blues


    In the lead up to World EFTC Day on Thursday 19 March, we’re sharing our supporters' stories of how they have challenged themselves for the School of Hope. Here, David Wilson from our longtime corporate partner HD Decisions, tells us what motivated him to take on the Tonne Run Challenge.

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  7. Conquering mountains for The School of Hope


    We have so many supporters who give up their time and challenge themselves to support EFTC. Here, Michael Berry gives us the low-down on the gruelling SAS Fan Dance Challenge and why he wanted his efforts to support our students.

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  8. Mahalia Celebrates One Year With EFTC


    Our UK Development & Fundraising Manager, Mahalia Carroll has almost completed her first year with EFTC. At the end of 2019, she the reflects on her summer trip to Guatemala......

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  9. Help our graduate students to fulfil their dreams 


    Hi, I’m Patricia Castillo, Further Education Director at The School of Hope. I’ve been with the school for fifteen years and it is a delight when I see students progress to higher education.  Five of our students are pursuing their dream to gain a technical qualification at university and build a better life for themselves and their families. They’re all such lovely young people with bright futures on the horizon.

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  10. Turbulent economic times causing EFTC 2020 funding shortfall


    Our school has grown tenfold since its inception sixteen years ago. This is both inspiring and challenging as we strive to meet our ever increasing costs. This year, sterling continues to suffer from uncertainty and is at levels significantly below the average since we have been active in Guatemala.

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  11. Andy’s journey of discovery


    My first involvement with Education for the Children (EFTC) started over four years ago, when my friend Louise, Sponsor coordinator at the School of Hope in Jocotenango, Guatemala, introduced me to the organisation. She told me all about the fantastic work that EFTC is doing and asked me if I’d like to get involved by sponsoring a child. His name is Rafael and from the first photos of the School of Hope, my life has been enriched by the children, staff, volunteers, sponsors and everyone I have met.

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  12. An internship at EFTC


    I really recommend it to anyone interested in the nonprofit world, Central America, education issues and/or improving their Spanish. It’s so hard to leave once you have made a connection with the pupils, staff and the country but you will come away feeling empowered and ready to spread the word of EFTC and continue making a difference wherever you find yourself next.

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  13. Esperanza Festival at Rushcliffe School


    Last week we had the pleasure of attending Rushcliffe School’s annual Esperanza Festival. This is the sixth year Rushcliffe school have run the fundraising event, and every year it gets more popular! The school arranges a fair for all the students to attend, where they can listen to music, play on the bouncy castle and peruse the various stalls on offer.

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  14. Catherine completes the “3 Peaks” Challenge for EFTC!


    EFTC would like to thank Catherine Pilling, Head of Spanish at Nottingham Girls High School and long time supporter of EFTC who completed the National 3 Peaks Challenge last week to raise money for the School of Hope.

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  15. 9 years of dedicated work


    Mrs Bibi has been working at The School of Hope for 9 years. She has always worked with the kindergarten children and has nothing but praise for the school and how it has grown over the years.

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  16. Coffee Central Partnership


    EFTC is very pleased to announce that it now has its very own Guatemalan coffee available to buy online from local Nottingham based partners Coffee Central

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  17. The London Marathon - Carla’s Story


    Carla had the opportunity to run in the 2019 London Marathon for the Education for the Children Foundation and the School of Hope in Jocotenango, Guatemala.

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  18. So how do you cycle from the UK to Guatemala?


    It’s a very long way from the UK to Guatemala - a daunting 5,396 miles (8,685 Km) from our offices in Nottingham to our School of Hope in Jocotenango, Guatemala. We've now held our first cycle challenge to ride all the way in under 12 months!

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  19. GB Olympian serves up ‘Play the Pro’ fundraiser


    We recently hosted a ‘Play The Pro’ Table Tennis challenge in Nottingham, where for a donation, players put their Table Tennis talents to the test against Olympics and Commonwealth Games Table Tennis star Sam Walker.

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  20. World EFTC Day - celebrations around the globe


    On Thursday 7th March our wonderful network of supporters came together to celebrate World EFTC Day! From dinner parties to a ping pong challenge, scavenger hunts, Facebook fundraisers, and bake sales, every corner of the globe hosted brilliant events to raise vital funds and celebrate the global EFTC community!

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  21. Adventures and celebrations in support of EFTC


    It has been a busy few months of activity in the UK with a series of events to support both awareness and fundraising for EFTC.

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  22. Graduation 2018


    Yet again a ceremony of mixed emotions. Our graduations are a time for both celebration and reflection.

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  23. Serving our one millionth meal


    The School of Hope served it’s millionth meal today to our well deserving students, with the support of Greenyard UK.

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  24. Employing our first school nurse


    Celena has became the first nurse the school has ever had. She is also a fantastic example of perseverance, as Celena began her journey with the Foundation almost 10 years ago, when she enrolled in our middle school!

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  25. A new sports pitch - thanks to the UEFA Foundation


    Thanks to the generosity of UEFA the construction of EFTC´s all-weather Sports Pitch has been made possible. This Sports Pitch has been a dream of the Foundation for years and with the amazing donation of £32k from UEFA at the start of 2017 this dream has become a reality.

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  26. Guatemalan Ambassador helps raise funds for the School of Hope


    Guatemalan Ambassador to the UK, Señor Acisclo Valladares Molina helps raise funds for the School of Hope at this year's annual ball.

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  27. Cycling for a future: Wheels4life


    Thanks to the amazing supporters of the fantastic NGO, Wheels4Life, this year we received 50 new bicycles for our students.

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  28. Carlos Escalante, An Outstanding Student despite the odds


    “Even by helping only one person with their education, here in Guatemala, we are making a real difference”. Carlos Escalante.

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  29. Our volunteers are love in motion


    Each year EFTC receives over 150 volunteers. They vary in age, language, and nationality. Many of them are hopeful college students who come to trade textbooks for concrete experiences. While others are retired individuals happy for a chance to give back now that they have the time and opportunity.

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  30. Ana Lara: The Importance of Empowerment


    The task for our Youth Empowerment and Leadership Coordinator, Ana Lara, is to motivate our older students, to ‘empower’ them and teach them the skills that will help them overcome the many obstacles they will face in life.

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  31. Gracia Anderson's life changing experience in Guatemala


    For me going to Antigua Guatemala to volunteer at Proyecto La Esperanza was literally a life changing experience.

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  32. EFTC's Milk Campaign: 'MILK MATTERS'


    Most children grow up with a constant reminder from their parents: Drink your milk. This is not nearly the case of our children at The School of Hope, but you can help change that.

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  33. From Tikal to the School of Hope via Football Focus


    Paul Sanders, our guest blogger, taught maths for a very long time in the UK and this year he came down to Guatemala to meet his sponsor kids for the 1st time! He also worked on training math teachers and also worked closely with our junior high English teacher.

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  34. Home visits: Understanding the situations our children come from and the difficulties they face


    The objective of the home visits is to be able to monitor the current situation of each and every family our foundation supports. We assess their financial situation, the families health and the general environment of our students.

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  35. Aura Alvarez from student to teacher at the School of Hope


    Aura is one of our wonderful teachers at the School of Hope, working tirelessly to educate students from the same underprivileged background she once belonged to. We're so proud of Aura, who recently graduated from university, becoming a licensed teacher from kindergarten to high school!

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  36. José Ángel, the entrepreneurial student who started his own business


    José Ángel is one of our young entrepreneurs, a hard working student of Business Administration who runs his own Internet Cafe and dreams of becoming a successful businessman.

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  37. A Year Abroad at the School of Hope


    Lauren Martin, our guest blogger, is a Spanish and International Relations student from Scotland who chose to volunteer at the School of Hope for seven months as part of her Year Abroad, as she wanted to spend her time doing something worthwhile that would also help her gain experience in the NGO and development sector.

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  38. Our new Chef tackles malnutrition


    Even though Guatemala is very rich in natural resources, food availability is a serious problem. 24% of children under five are underweight and 46% suffer stunted growth. But this year, a new chef is helping us fight malnutrition at the School of Hope.

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  39. Sponsorship Stories: "if you can make a child smile, that’s priceless"


    A sponsor is more than someone far away supporting a child’s education, they can become mentors and friends, like Dave, Debbie and Fitzy, long-time EFTC supporters and child sponsors at the School of Hope.

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  40. How books can help us dream


    A new Reading programme was implemented this year at the School of Hope to encourage children's love of books and help them dream big. We talked to Jayra, our Reading teacher, to find out more.

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  41. The importance of our Further Education programme


    Meet Susana and Ana Laura, our Further Education team! The program is meant for students who graduate from the School of Hope and want to continue their education in high school and university, supporting them financially, emotionally and in their search for employment.

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  42. Meet our Scholarship students: Melvin is becoming a Doctor!


    Melvin, a 22 year old who's been with EFTC since 5th grade, is in his third year of Med School at one of the most prestigious universities in Guatemala. He's dreamed of being a doctor since he was five, and for that he commutes to the city everyday, spending up to 4 hours to get there and back.

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  43. Sophie’s Story: How did EFTC start?


    Sophie McKee is our current Foundation Director and one of EFTC’s founders, but the first time she came to Guatemala was 13 years ago, right after finishing High School, and what she discovered changed her life forever.

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  44. UK Volunteer starts after school programme


    Tam Winter, a volunteer from the UK, shares his experience at the School of Hope and how he contributed to the school's programme.

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  45. Fitness blogger fundraises for EFTC’s London to Paris bike ride


    “Never say you can't do something! If you set your mind to it you can do it. It's hard work but it will pay off in the end.” These are the words of Instagram health and fitness blogger JoLo, known to thousands as a young woman with a highly toned body and a love of good food.

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  46. Tech company creates new opportunities for underprivileged children


    Hide My Ass!, a UK based internet company, has been instrumental in providing access to the internet to disadvantaged children in Guatemala, therefore creating better employment opportunities for them in the future.

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  47. Water everywhere and not a drop to drink...?


    Far from Jocotenango, where great black clouds are threatening a downpour at any moment, experts in global water issues gathered in Stockholm for World Water Week, August 23rd-28th.

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  48. Children answer volunteer's questions


    Every time I heard my name from the other side of the playground and someone rushed towards me, wrapped a bracelet around my wrist or tattooed my arms all over with pen "te amo's" (I love you), I grew a little bit more attached to the wonderful children at the School of Hope.

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  49. Boxes of love arrive at the School of Hope!


    This year, for the second time, the School of Hope received the Christmas boxes of love thanks to the help of a wonderful organisation called Cajas del Amor.

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  50. New computers arrive at the School of Hope!


    The IT campaign ran on Indiegogo in August was 100% funded! We were able to purchase 14 reconditioned computers to equip a study room for our 120 Scholarship students, as well as 20 flat screens to replace the old deep screen monitors here at the School of Hope. All this happened thanks to your support!

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  51. Amy's Q6 Challenge


    Amy Holly, who has been with EFTC for 6 years, is leaving the Foundation in August to pursue other opportunities. Before she leaves, she is doing one final challenge for the Foundation. Amy will be living on 6 Quetzales a day ($0.75) for a week - which is how much an average EFTC beneficiary lives on.

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  52. Community Spirit!


    Aracely Chajon (Head of Social Support at The School of Hope) -Working at Education for the Children Foundation means a lot to me; being part of the change in my country represents the opportunity to build a better future for the current generation in Guatemala.

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  53. Supporter Story: Rosanne


    Taking a six month sabbatical from her job in London in the summer of 2012 was both daunting and invigorating for Rosanne.

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  54. Q & A with Cindy


    We put your burning questions to Cindy, our first graduate to become a child sponsor, at The School of Hope in Guatemala.

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  55. Meet Evelyn and Her Brothers…


    My name is Evelyn Azucena. I’m 14 years old. My older brother is a scholarship student and I have two younger brothers at the school too; Kevin and Juan Carlos. I don’t have any sisters.

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  56. Doorway to the Future - John Niland


    The buzz was palpable. Arriving at the school for opening day, I walked into scenes of eager preparation: PA being tested, key speakers rehearsing, all the scurry of preparation and anticipation.

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