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.

December 2017 – July 2018

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!
Ending Poverty through Education
Feb 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Ending Poverty through Education @ Rainbow Cafe

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!

Life in Guatemala: Brief History and Current Conditions – Sue Patterson
Feb 27 @ 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.

Book Presentation and Reading: Falling Water by David Mohrmann
Mar 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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 @ 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