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.

Asociación Educando Guatemala
May 16 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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.

Join us to learn more and enjoy some Andean live music before the talk.

May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Health&Help @ Rainbow Cafe

Health&Help medical project is a medical clinic attending people living in rural areas of Guatemala, the clinic is based in a village in Momostenango, Totonicapán. We finished building our clinic one month ago and since the doors opened we have been helping people every day by giving free medical consultations in the areas of pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, prenatal care, dentistry as well as doing small ambulatory surgeries, and attending childbirths. On an average we serve 40 patients a day, most of them are women and children.

We also provide the care needed for chronic patients including people with hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes etc. We also treat kids with malnutrition and organize hygiene and well-living classes. All in all we cover more than 15 000 local population.

 Health&Help unites volunteers for the purpose of providing Guatemalan Mayan people with basic medical care. All our volunteers live inside the clinic in a volunteer house. We don’t have any person who is paid, everyone works pro bono. Currently we are looking for more health professionals to help us with the everyday increasing amount of patients to attend.  Join us to learn more!

Mayan Dances by indigenous children from Nuevo Amanecer
May 30 @ 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!

SERES:Guatemalan Youth Dream Big for Sustainable Communities
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
SERES:Guatemalan Youth Dream Big for Sustainable Communities  @ Rainbow Cafe

Winners of the 2015 UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development, SERES trains unlikely leaders: young people on the front lines of enormous political, social, environmental and economic changes, making a stand for justice and equality for people and the planet.

Since 2009, SERES has worked with more than 2,500 young people across Guatemala and El Salvador, building a network of activators, change makers, movers and shakers. Come and join us, and learn about how these young leaders, empowered with their own sense of agency and desire to create change are addressing the Sustainable Development Goals and changing the status quo.

Mujeres Artesanas de Paz – EducArte (MAP-ED)
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Mujeres Artesanas de Paz – EducArte (MAP-ED)  @ Rainbow Cafe

MAP-ED is a local nonprofit organization that works for women´s, children´s, and teenagers’ rights through education and health services. MAP-ED manages and develops programs such as: Providing children and teenager´s education, age appropriate comprehensive sexual health education, promoting the Arts as a means of self-expression, promoting awareness campaigns to prevent violence against women and more.

At its core, MAP-ED is united by a vision of a better and more just world for all.

Tejidos Cotzal
Jul 4 @ 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.

Life in Guatemala: Brief History and Current Conditions – Sue Patterson
Jul 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Life in Guatemala: Brief History and Current Conditions - Sue Patterson @ Rainbow Cafe | Guatemala City | Guatemala | Guatemala

Sue Patterson, a retired US Foreign Service officer, lives in Antigua, Guatemala. She  is a former US Consul General in Guatemala and has served in Chile, Iran  and Italy. She is also the founder of WINGS, a non-profit dedicated to reproductive health and family planning. Sue is the recipient of numerous awards for her work, most recently the 2003 Sargent Shriver Award for Outstanding  Humanitarian Service from the National Peace Corps Association of America.