domingo, 13 de abril de 2014

Open Windows Scholarship student, Byron


This is the story of one of our Open Windows scholarship students who will complete his studies in accounting this year. 

All final year students have to work in a company for six months as volunteers.  In this apprentice or internship type of arrangement, students usually work from eight to noon, and at one in the afternoon they go to school to study. 

Byron is interning in the Hermano Pedro Hospital in Antigua, which is where people from all over Guatemala come to see the doctors and get surgery.  This team of doctors is from USA, Spain and Italy.

The hospital opens its doors at 6:00 AM.  When Byron began his work there, he started working at six, the same time as all the employees, even though he didn't have to.  Everyone in his department is very happy with his work and they recommended him for a job opening in one of the departments in the hospital.  Byron and his family are very happy about this great news.
Kids like Byron are finishing school and this is thanks to you, volunteers, donors, and supporters of our organization.  Without your help, these kids wouldn't have the opportunity to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those in their community. 

Again, we all thank you for making a positive impact on their lifes of all these kids.
To learn more about Open Windows and to make a difference, please visit www.openwindowsfoundation.com

lunes, 3 de marzo de 2014

Volunteers bring hope and smiles to Open Windows




We have had a great start to 2014 here at Open Windows!  Many volunteers have already given their time, strength, and resources to help enhance the lives of the families that utilize our learning center.  


We were fortunate to have visits from volunteers from different nationalities who were of great assistance to the staff.  Our volunteers helped with the educational activities and English classes for the children.


We also had the first group of volunteers from an organization call Village Experience.  The group from Village Experience did a great deal for the families in our community.


The group from Village Experience spent a lot of time building at Open Windows.  They built two kitchens and a room during their stay.  

 In addition, they donated three eco-stoves for each of the families they built dwelling for.  One eco-stove for each family will not only reduce the time each family spends gathering wood, the family will also benefit from cleaner air in the home, and fewer health problems for the children in the household.

As if all this wasn't enough, the group from Village Experience also made a generous In Kind donation for Open Windows.
All of us at Open Windows are grateful for the time and support of our volunteers.  However, the families that are the beneficiaries of this effort are even more thankful.  

We salute and thank you, volunteers!

lunes, 30 de diciembre de 2013

Patrick's Fundraising Campaign

Greetings All,
It's been a busy autumn and winter for us thus far at Open Windows.  One of our great volunteers Patrick, is having a fundraising campaign to raise money for Open Windows Foundation.  His goal is to raise $20,000 for our student scholarship program.  The campaign started with $1,000 of his own money - now we need your help!

Visit:  http://www.crowdrise.com/helppatriciohelpkids and contribute to Patrick's campaign to donate to our scholarship program!

Happy Holidays,
Your friends at Open Windows

lunes, 23 de septiembre de 2013

Summer volunteers make a difference


It was a busy and exciting summer at Open Windows Foundation.  With the help of generous and enthusiastic volunteers, we have many successes to report.


A group from Bob, North Dakota came and assisted Open Windows by building sheet metal houses for four Open Windows families.  They also painted a school in San José Calderas, which is a village about 10 kilometers away from the heart of the city.  

Volunteers Susan and Nikki shared two weeks with the children at our learning center.  They did fun activities to learn math, English, and geography.  In addition, the children expressed themselves through art.  Thanks for the techniques you provided to our teachers.


From England, Volunteers Frida and Anjelica did great work with the kids despite not speaking much Spanish.  It was a great experience and a big help for all.

Volunteer Sarka who was here for a week, helped register the children each time they came into the learning center and did activities with the children as well.

Volunteer Lisa helped with various groups of children, assisted with math homework, English, and other activities.

A group of volunteers from Inlex/CA came to Open Windows Foundation for a week to help out in the computer lab.  They taught different work tools for Microsoft Office and Word and Excel, taught English, and provided a host of different interactive programs that facilitate the children's learning.

Many thanks to everyone for their time, help, and commitment to helping our community in San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala!



jueves, 20 de junio de 2013

Father's Day at Open Windows


This past Friday, we celebrated Father's Day at Open Windows Foundation. The official day is June 17th but we wanted to do it early because the schools also have a celebration for fathers.

We invited two people to give a talk at our learning center, one on AIDS and the other one on dengue fever, a disease caused by mosquito bites.  The celebration was attended by 50 fathers.

A grandfather asked permission to sing to the fathers that night to celebrate their special day.  Inspired by that performance, a volunteer from Peru also decided to take the guitar and sing a song from his country. Both of them had a great time singing, and the audience enjoyed the entertainment.

At the end of the Father's Day event, Open Windows founder Teresa Quiñonez oversaw the distribution a total of over 100 condoms to attendees.

This year the fathers were participating more than ever before - they were notably more relaxed.  The event was a success.

martes, 18 de junio de 2013

Volunteers building homes and inspiring families in our community



This month, we have had a many successful volunteer projects at Open Windows Foundation.  A group from the US that has worked with OW for the last two years has come back to our learning center for another volunteer visit.  The leader of the group, Bob Noel, was in charge of a project with us called "Our Little Brothers."


His group did four key things for us during their stay.  First, they built a sheet metal or "laminated" home for a family that has seen hardship. This family is composed only of the mother and two children, as the father tragically hanged himself a year ago.

In addition to constructing this home, the group also built a small room for a grandmother of one of our scholarship recipients.


Third, they built a room for a family who is living near the river.  This family had bought some land across the river and wanted to build a house. The problem is that there is no bridge to cross the river, with only two wires - one for standing up and the other to hold on.  They were grateful for the help with their house.

As if all this work wasn't enough, they finished their visit with painting three classrooms at the Institute of Calderas.

We are grateful for the generous assistance of these dedicated volunteers.  Open Windows Foundation thanks you!

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers.  Learn how you can contribute your talents to our organization:  http://openwindowsfoundation.com









jueves, 30 de mayo de 2013

Another visit from Dr. Dian



Dr. Dian is here at Open Windows for yet another week of treating children at our learning center.   


Among his young patients are a girl and a boy with a rare disease.  For these afflicted children, parts of their body have turned black; in addition, the liver swells with fat, whereas the rest of the body is only bones. For this disease there is no cure. 


The boy with this disease is not going to school because the other children make fun of him.  Children can be very cruel when they see someone different.

Thanks to Dr. Dian, children are at least getting a diagnosis of their diseases.  Others are being treated and cured.  This medical attention makes their educational prospects brighter.

Open Windows welcomes volunteers.  If you know someone who is looking to make a difference, please contact Teresa at openwindowsteresa@gmail.com.