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.

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!

Book Presentation and Reading: Casa de Doloros by Mary Mason
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Book Presentation and Reading: Casa de Doloros by Mary Mason @ Rainbow Cafe

Casa de Doloros is Mary Mason Martin’s hilariously irreverent debut novel, seasoned with a touch of magical realism to flavor the cultural pot. Set in a fictitious town in Costa Rica, a cast of expat characters live in a cluster of run-down apartments called Casa de Doloros. The buxom Doloros has had myriad husbands of various nationalities, all of whom have added to the construction and upkeep of her modest empire. Her current love is a Venezuelan who she has followed into the revolution in his homeland. She leaves her business in the hands of some of the occupants, but while she’s away, another coup percolates at home. Mary’s wry sense of humor permeates her take on life among spirits and people who have reinvented themselves in a foreign land.

Mary Martin Mason was born under a nomadic star, leading her to cross many borders before retiring in Costa Rica. She resides in a mountain town where she delights in each day unfolding with a variety of adventures and misadventures.

Casa de Doloros pays homage to her host country that wryly welcomes other ex-pats like herself. The characters and plot include a host of personalities who live abroad at a time of life when most persons are embracing security.

She is the author of The Miracle Seekers, Designing Rituals in Adoption, and Out of the Shadows: Birthfathers’ Stories.

Common Hope: Fighting Poverty with Diplomas
Apr 14 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Common Hope: Fighting Poverty with Diplomas @ Rainbow Café Antigua Guatemala | Antigua Guatemala | Sacatepéquez | Guatemala

Poverty ends wherever education thrives. Common Hope (Familias de Esperanza) works in 27 communities partnering with nearly 14,000 impoverished children and adults. Common Hope’s comprehensive programs in education, health care, housing, and family development empower families to create a better life for themselves. We work to end the cycle of poverty for children in Guatemala through a holistic, relationship-based model.

While education is at the heart of our work, we believe a comprehensive approach to human development is critical for children and families to reach their full potential. Common Hope was founded in 1986 by the Huebsch Family. Common Hope celebrated the first high school graduate in 1996. By 2011, 1,000 students graduated and in 2017 the 2,000th graduate received their diploma.

Join us to learn more!

FUNDAL: Making the world more inclusive
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
FUNDAL: Making the world more inclusive @ Rainbow Cafe

FUNDAL provides integral educational and development services without cost to children that have multiple disabilities such as deaf blindness. The nonprofit was founded in 1998 after a Guatemalan family adopted a child with deafblindness and realized how few resources existed for people with multiple disabilities. To ensure a more visible and inclusive future, they founded FUNDAL. Through its two facilities in the capital and Xela as well as through it distance program, FUNDAL offers children sign language instruction, physical therapy, vocational training, and family counseling, among other services. Over the past 20 years, FUNDAL has provided more than 3,000 scholarships to its students and trained around 15,000 teachers in workshops.