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.

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.

AYUVI: Saving Guatemalan Children with Cancer
Mar 13 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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!

Mujeres Artesanas de Paz – EducArte (MAP-ED)
Mar 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.

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

Mayan Dances by indigenous children from Nuevo Amanecer
Jul 24 @ 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!