The Miguel Angel Asturias Academy

Miguel Angel Asturias Academy is a private, non-profit Pre K-12 school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition, and create informed, critically-thinking, socially conscious citizens through its curriculum.
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Global Giving

Dear Friend,
Early unofficial summer greetings from Xela, Guatemala! Hopefully this message finds you happy and healthy as the summer gets underway. Here at the Colegio Miguel Asturias, we have had quite an eventful year impacting the lives of our 300 low-income indigenous students. At this time last year, we were well on our way to establishing the first community library in the region. Today, the library is nearly complete, and we are so happy at how excited our students have become over reading.

As one specific example, when asked what he liked to do for fun, nine-year-old Jorge responded, “I like playing soccer, but I also like going up to the library; I think I like them both equally.”

As you can see, placing a book in our students’ hands has gone a long way to foster a love of reading. However, the only way to further solidify this newfound habit is to keep their interest by offering new stories for them to enjoy. Thus, if you would like to help supply books and staff our library, we would be most appreciative.

Luckily, www.GlobalGiving.org will be allowing us to further amplify this process by matching 30% of every donation that is made to our organization online on JUNE 15th, 2011, USING THIS AND ONLY THIS LINK:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/asturiaslibrary/

Therefore, after all the administrative fees, your $10 donation magically turns into $13, which is just about enough to purchase one book for our library! Anyway, if you have ever felt the desire to help fight educational inequality in Guatemala, JUNE 15th would be a great opportunity to put that goal to fruition!

Innovate for Impact!

Recently we welcomed a team of 4 from Northwestern’s Innovate for Impact Program. Jamie Jones led the group, which included Sumeeth Jonathan, Jason Hoover and Howard Lee. The team spent two weeks here at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, with the end goal of being able to leave some kind of module that the Academy could implement. The first week was spent observing and learning as much as possible about the school, the students and the community of Xela. Week 2 saw the construction and demonstrations of the modules. What they came up with was really great. They developed different aspects of the edutourism program, as well as presented a long term vision for how the school can become more self-sustainable. At the end of two weeks, we were happy to see that the group not only had ideas, but tangible ways to implement them. We look forward to working long term with this great group from Northwestern!

Some comments from the participants themselves:

I think the school is fantastic and its mission is something that every school should have. That’s why I am so excited to continue supporting and working with the school. I’m just really inspired by it. It’s amazing. –Jason Hoover

Jorge is a real visionary… you can really see his impact on the students and staff. I really enjoyed my time here and learned a lot. –Sumeeth Jonathan