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Seizing an Opportunity to Pay it Forward

During my visit to Russia this week I was able to visit one of their orphanages and introduce them to our mentor model. I am hopeful that the visit has positively impacted the kids and administrators there. I know that this model can be effective because of the work we are doing in Guatemala and the positive changes in the lives of the families we are working with there. Here'...

Seeds of Collaborative Change are Growing in Guatemala

One of the ways we have worked to make sustainable changes in Guatemala is by partnering with local organizations. In helping to build connections between existing organizations and helping to uncover synergies between their efforts, we are able to build a framework that will deliver more ongoing help than any single person or group can in isolation. I was happy to receive...

The Courage to "Como Te Llamas"

Laila was a new guest on our most recent trip to Guatemala, a myGreenlight alumni invited by our mutual friend Max Lyons. She wrote this blog post to share her experience and what she learned from working with these amazing kids. Thanks, Laila! - Keith Me llamo Laila : An introduction - by Laila Hajji On Day One there was a quick group introduction at the Santo Domingo Hotel...

Should Being Generous Make You Feel Guilty?

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama I invited my friend, James Swanwick, to join us on our trip to Guatemala over the Memorial Day holiday. As with all of the other participants in our efforts there, he came away from the experience with a new perspective on service, generosity, and what it really means...

What Is It Worth to Change a Life?

Max Lyons first joined us for our trip to Guatemala during the holidays last winter. We were thrilled to have him join us for our return trip over Memorial Day weekend. Here, in his own words, are Max's thoughts about the work we are doing with these deserving families. - Keith Lisa Changed Everything By Max Lyons Prior to my first trip to Guatemala with Keith last December,...

Building Bridges to the Future in Guatemala

I met Susette a couple of years ago during my first trip to Guatemala. She is from Guatemala and had been following my updates on Twitter to track me down to sign her copy of Never Eat Alone. Ultimately she and her friend offered to buy me a drink, which turned into dinner, and now we are old friends. The magic of social media. Susette joined us on our most recent adventures...

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...

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