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Building Community in Guatemala

We are counting down the days, really hours at this point, before we leave for our Memorial Day trip to Antigua in Guatemala. We are excited to catch up with the children we have sponsored to see how they are progressing in school, and to check in on the local businesses we have helped to advance. Also, as the next step to contribute to economically sustainable growth, my Big...

A Legacy of Generosity

Last minute preparations are underway for our return trip to Guatemala at the end of next week. I am looking forward to seeing the impact of our work in the winter and working toward making an even greater impact on the lives of these deserving people. What we are doing is made possible by the generous donations that have been made by friends and supporters like you. I wish I...

Will You Join Me in Guatemala?

You may remember that I spent the time between Christmas and New Year’s in Guatemala, working with orphanages, local organizations, and social entrepreneurs to improve the circumstances of underprivileged children. We were happy to have the chance to follow up with some children we had met during our first trip in 2009. Kids like Telma, a 17-year-old who is working toward...

Guatemala Trip Report – Success through Service

I am just back from my second trip to Guatemala, and am feeling more committed than ever to weaving volunteerism and service into corporate America’s culture. There are so many in need, and I believe that as in all real relationships, the benefits are mutual – we receive as much or more than we give. This year, it wasn’t just “my” trip. I traveled to Antigua, one of Guatemala’...

Sophia Livecchi: Our Guatemalan Mission Through a Child's Eyes

Sophia is the 12-year-old daughter of my friend, Joe Livecchi. She and her family joined us on our service trip during the holidays and it was incredible to see the experience through the eyes of an American child. Here is her blog. My first day in Guatemala was great! First we went to a Guatemalan school. The kids were so nice! We were playing soccer and my dad sprained his...

Joe Livecchi: One Family, One Mission

Joe Livecchi, a media entrepreneur, is a friend. Joe's family was an incredible addition to our trip. Here is his account of the experience. December 26th 2:30am, Jamaica, NY The alarm clock is especially cruel this morning. I jostle my wife and two young kids (Sophia 12, Grace 8) to wake up for our 5:30am flight en route to our immersive mission trip in Guatemala. On paper,...

Max Lyons: The Transformational Impact of Service

Max Lyons is an alumni of the myGreenlight program who was part of my group in Guatemala last week. Max sponsored one year of education and healthcare for Liza (pictured) at a cost of $200. We have several other children we are seeking to sponsor, so please donate here if you or someone you know would like to sponsor a child. Keith and I met just over a year ago through...

Growing a Middle Class through Education: The Story of Our Seven

The economic gap in Guatemala is striking. Much wealth and MUCH abject poverty. If only we could provide a kickstart to the middle class... That's what we are doing around Antigua. We are seeking the highest potential kids and funding their educations. Ensuring they have decent nutrition and ideally supportive family environments. Then we are teaching them mastery of basic...

Collaborative Action Comes to Life in Guatemala

Two years ago we visited Carlos' school which was running out of funding and couldn't pay the rent or salaries for the teachers. A major problem in Guatemala is the economic disincentive for kids to go to school. Either you can pay for tuition and books from money a family doesn't have, or send your child into the fields to make money for food. Carlos was a rare advocate for...

For Chet

I heard today that my friend Chet Holmes, who has always been so generous with his time and advice is back in the hospital. Chet's fight with cancer this past year has been an inspiration to me. I saw he and his family for a wonderful and fun dinner with strong spirits the night before he went back into the hospital. My prayers are with him and I hope yours will be too. --...

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