NGO Lectures

The Rainbow became an important meeting place for local non-profits and NGOs over 11 years ago when the Evening Lectures /NGO Talks first began. The idea of the lectures/talks is to be a link between the NGO and people interested in getting involved with the great projects that work towards making a better Guatemala.

Every talk we host increases a NGOs public exposure as well as the probability that someone attending may decide to volunteer, donate money or fundraise for the charity.  Since hosting the first talk (Sue Patterson´s) we´ve had more than 50 local non-profits and NGO´s presenting!

A donation of Q25 is asked for to each person attending the talk, the donation given goes directly to the presenting NGO.

Life in Guatemala: Brief History and Current Conditions – Sue Patterson
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Life in Guatemala: Brief History and Current Conditions - Sue Patterson @ Rainbow Cafe | Guatemala City | Guatemala | Guatemala

Sue, a retired US Foreign Service officer, lives in Antigua. She is a former US Consul General in Guatemala and served in Chile, Iran, and Italy. She is also the founder of WINGS Guatemala, an organization dedicated to reproductive health education and services. Sue is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, including the Sargent Shriver Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Service from the National Peace Corps Association of America.

Tejidos Cotzal
Mar 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Tejidos Cotzal @ Rainbow Cafe

Tejidos Cotzal is a group of 42 Mayan women from San Juan Cotzal, Quiche, who are all passionate weavers. Cotzal was hit by the civil war worse than any other place in Guatemala and left so many families without fathers, brothers or husbands. The women had to take the initiative and unite to guarantee the survival of their families. They support each other and try to send their children to school by weaving.

In this presentation they will share how the cooperative works, the eco-tours, and show you the special weaving technique of their beautiful products.

Mar 17 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
EducArte/Artesanas @ Rainbow Cafe

We are a non-governmental organization, with transversal axes such as social justice through Arts, education, the empowerment of women; integrating the pedagogy of peace as a main base. Our work is focused on community service for children, adolescents and women, mainly from the department of Sacatepéquez.

We have 19 years of experience working in community-based work, and we are a group formed by people of different nationalities and professions, where our point of union is the dignified defense of life and the deconstruction of patriarchy by integrating new practices of human relationships. We believe in the defense of human rights as a fundamental need for good living.

Our axes of reflection and political commitment are:

    • Access to education
    • Sexual health education
    • Library
    • Arts
    • Training processes towards the prevention of violence.

Join us to learn more!

Asociación Educando Guatemala
Mar 24 @ 11:30 pm – Mar 25 @ 12:30 am
Asociación Educando Guatemala @ Rainbow Cafe Antigua Guatemala | Antigua Guatemala | Sacatepéquez | Guatemala

Asociación Educando Guatemala: Reinforcing rural inclusive education in Guatemala

In Asociación Educando Guatemala we are aware of the needs that the children of the community of Chimaltenango have. In order to help reduce these needs and to improve the quality of the children’s lives we partner with the local public schools by providing health and nutrition services as well as teacher trainings. All our programs are implemented with strategic and innovative methods bearing in mind the realities of the rural areas in which the schools operate.

Our national and international donors play an important role in helping us achieve our goals through their donations.

Mayan Dances by indigenous children from Nuevo Amanecer
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Mayan Dances by indigenous children from Nuevo Amanecer @ Rainbow Cafe

New Dawn is a Guatemalan NGO focused on community development in San Andres Itzapa, Chimaltenango since 1989. They promote health, education and the strengthening of indigenous leaders in the community. They provide learning support and a feeding programme for children and young adults at their school based in the director’s own home.

Their vision is to facilitate self-sufficiency within poorer families and allow them to empower themselves to change their quality of life through education. They also seek to preserve and strengthen the cultural identity of the indigenous Mayan people.

Come and see the show and learn more about this project and the Mayan culture!