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.
AYUVI: Saving Guatemalan Children with Cancer—
The diagnosis of cancer in a child or teenager is devastating news for the whole family. AYUVI mobilizes the support and required resources to sustain the National Pediatric Oncology Unit Hospital –UNOP-, the only national hospital specialized in the treatment of pediatric cancer in Guatemala.
During the last 17 years, our hospital has diagnosed over 5,000 children with cancer. About 70% of our patients come from poor/rural backgrounds and 50% of them suffer from some degree of malnutrition when diagnosed.
Come and learn about our efforts to save the lives of children with cancer!
Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO based in San Andrés Itzapa. We accept bikes donated from the USA and Canada which we either recondition to sell, or we use the components to build a range of “Bicimaquinas”, (pedal powered machines).
Pedal power can be harnessed for countless applications which would otherwise require electricity (which may not be available) or hand power (which is far more effort). Bicimaquinas are easy and enjoyable to use. They can be built using locally available materials and can be easily adapted to suit the needs of local people. They free the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to maintain, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise.
Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans is an NGO that supports education for children living below the poverty line in San Antonio Aguas Calientes. In addition to finding sponsorships to keep students in school, we operate an after-school program that sponsored students attend daily in order to complete their homework, learn English, receive Math support, and participate in our reading program. We also provide a daily nutritional snack to each student and we have a Recycle/Reduce program in which the students are required weekly to bring a plastic bottle stuffed with inorganic trash. All the parents of our sponsored students attend a class either in computers, English or sewing. All parents are required to attend our monthly parenting class.
We are always looking for volunteers to teach English, assist students with their homework, and help students with their reading. Join us to learn more!
ARCAS: Rescuing Guatemalan Wildlife
The Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (ARCAS) is the leading advocate for the rights of wild animals in Guatemala. In the Department of Peten, it manages one of the largest and most success wildlife rescue centers in the world, receiving 300-600 animals of 40+ species per year, the majority confiscated from wildlife traffickers.
Since the establishment of the Rescue Center in Peten, ARCAS has branched out into other very necessary activities including environmental education, protected areas management, marine turtle conservation, sustainable community development, ecotourism and reforestation. ARCAS’s three main project sites are: the Guatemala City area, the remote northern department of Petén, and the Hawaii area of the southern Pacific Coast.
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.
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!
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.