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.

Los Patojos: Forming Leaders for Guatemala
Jan 30 @ 11:30 pm – Jan 31 @ 12:30 am
Los Patojos: Forming Leaders for Guatemala @ Rainbow Cafe
Los Patojos is an association that promotes a common welfare in the community of Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez. Four fundamental elements are the pillars of this project: Education, Nutrition, Health and Civic Participation through the Arts.
The project is designed to teach and better the lives of all of those who are part of it.  The programs are directed and coordinated by teams of young Guatemalan professionals who focus in social work and who look for solutions to problems that disintegrate the community. In this presentation you´ll meet some of the children and youth who have been part of the program for many years, they will show you their skills and talents!
Juan Pablo Romero Fuentes, founder and executive director of Los Patojos was named as one of The 2014 Top 10 CNN Heroes. Los Patojos: Dreams and Ideas in Action!
Book Presentation and Reading: Falling Water by David Mohrmann
Mar 6 @ 11:30 pm – Mar 7 @ 12:30 am

David Mohrmann’s second book is entitled Falling Water.  It is a collection of Stories for Travelers.

This is no memoir, or travelogue, but literary fiction: stories based on experiences in The United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile (Easter Island), Thailand, Laos, and India.

“I am interested in that point when tourism becomes traveling,” he says.  “It happens when circumstances we cannot predict, and would usually avoid, undoes our plans and causes us to face the unknown.  Traveling is about change.  It insists that we stay open to the world, and open means vulnerable.”

Like the travelers in these stories, readers will find surprises along the way. There are also sacred monkeys, sacrificial goats, wild dogs, and wolves.  There are gypsies and gangsters; ancient ruins and temples; a soul cave, a holy mountain, and the threat of vengeful gods.

“But for every curse,” Mohrmann says, “there is a blessing.  For every pinch of fear, a hand of hope.  From beginning to end—for me, and hopefully for readers—this is a voyage of the mind in search of heart and spirit.”

 David Mohrmann lives in Arcata, California, much of the time in his own backyard, where he also does a lot of traveling.  His first novel (XOCOMIL…The Winds of Atitlán) was published in 2016. It tells the stories of poor Guatemalan Indians, the innerworkings of their lives, and their struggles to overcome various forms of oppression.

Mi Escuelita
Apr 17 @ 11:30 pm – Apr 18 @ 12:30 am
Mi Escuelita @ Rainbow Cafe

This education centre aims to provide academic help to poor families living in San Pedro las Huertas. The goal of the founder is to better the children´s education and to reduce the number of children who fail the year and have to repeat it, as this incurs considerable extra cost and time for the family concerned.

Join us to learn more about this extra-curricular school.

Common Hope: Fighting Poverty with Diplomas
Jul 10 @ 11:30 pm – Jul 11 @ 12:30 am
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

ARCAS: Rescuing Guatemalan Wildlife
Aug 1 @ 12:00 am – 12:45 am
ARCAS: Rescuing Guatemalan Wildlife @ Rainbow Cafe

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.


AYUVI: Saving Guatemalan Children with Cancer
Aug 7 @ 11:30 pm – Aug 8 @ 12:30 am
AYUVI: Saving Guatemalan Children with Cancer @ Rainbow Cafe

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!

Aug 14 @ 11:30 pm – Aug 15 @ 1:00 am
MayaPedal @ Rainbow Cafe

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.