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.

April 2017 – January 2018

Constru Casa
Apr 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Constru Casa

This year, Constru Casa celebrates its 13th year taking a holistic approach in working to lift families out of extreme poverty through the provision of basic and dignified housing. To date, Constru Casa has built over 970 homes and over 120 community constructions, including schools, healthcare clinics and community centers, throughout Guatemala. Through alliance with local social organizations Constru Casa also offers families a holistic approach to poverty alleviation, with health, education and social work initiatives. Join us to learn more!

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.

Antigua Street Dogs Association
Aug 15 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Antigua Street Dogs Association @ Rainbow Café Antigua Guatemala | Antigua Guatemala | Sacatepéquez | Guatemala

Antigua Street Dogs Association (ASD) is a registered Guatemalan non-profit since January 2016. It was formed with the mission of providing low-cost spay/neuter clinics in low-income communities with a high population of street animals and educating these same communities on animal care.  In just over one and a half years, ASD has hosted 9 free clinic days and served over 160 village dogs and cats – preventing an estimated 1150 unnecessary births.

Please join us and find out more about ASD’s goals and planned activities for the next year and how you can take part.

Asociación Educando Guatemala
Nov 28 @ 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.

Safe Passage: Combating poverty through education
Dec 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Safe Passage: Combating poverty through education  @ Rainbow Cafe | Guatemala City | Guatemala Department | Guatemala

Safe Passage: Combating poverty through education

Camino Seguro´s mission is to empower the poorest, at-risk children of families working in the community of the Guatemala City garbage dump, by creating opportunities and fostering dignity through the power of education. We share the vision that within a safe and caring environment, every child participates in an integrated program that fosters optimism, good health, educational achievement, self-esteem, and confidence. Children and parents discover that, through their own efforts, they can move beyond poverty.

Join us in our efforts to provide hope and opportunities for the Safe Passage children and their families.

Tejidos Cotzal
Dec 12 @ 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.

Los Patojos: Forming Leaders for Guatemala
Jan 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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!