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.

Helping one family at a time
May 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Asociación Manos Abiertas
Aug 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Asociación Manos Abiertas @ Rainbow Cafe

Manos Abiertas is an integrated women’s health clinic and natural birth center with two locations in Guatemala. We serve a population that otherwise would not have access to health services. Since opening our doors in 2008, we have served over 2,000 women, most of whom have become our regular clients. We provide full-scale gynecological and obstetric services, pediatric care, midwifery services, health promoter training, and education.

We believe that by improving the lives of individual women, we can help to create a healthier Guatemala.

Asociación Casa del Niño (The Children´s House Association)
Jan 10 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Asociación Casa del Niño (The Children´s House Association) @ Rainbow Café Antigua Guatemala

CANI is a non-profit organization working in the town of Jocotenango and is dedicated to educating and providing preventative programs to the most vulnerable children and youth in Guatemala.

Asociación Casa del Niño (CANI) takes a holistic approach to education, immersing the children in art, culture, and sports and recreation too. The main goals of this NGO are:
Provide a safe environment in which to empower our children and youth.
Promote and improve attitudes towards children and youth in Guatemala.
Join us to learn more!


De La Gente: Generating Economic Opportunity
Feb 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
De La Gente: Generating Economic Opportunity

Coffee is one of Guatemala’s largest industries, and is both a source of wealth and poverty around the country. Join us to learn about De la Gente’s approach to creating community-based economic opportunity with organized coffee producers. Andy will discuss De la Gente’s work through the lens of a recent project in the San Marcos region, and discuss successes, challenges, and lessons learned.

Let´s be ready: Magical Classroom program for Preschool
Apr 11 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Magical Classroom (Aula Mágica) partners with other NGOs to find entrepreneurial and community-minded people to use pre-recorded, interactive programs to reach children in remote areas not served by the Guatemalan government. It trains and pays these community facilitators to guide children in program activities while developing kids’ cognitive, language and social skills, preparing them to attend and successfully complete the first grade.

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.