lunes, 24 de diciembre de 2012

Happy Holidays from Open Windows

Happy Holidays from Open Windows Foundation!  We wish all the staff, friends, families, supporters, helpers, volunteers, donors, and well-wishers of our organization a very happy holiday season.

The kindness and generosity you have shown with your support of our educational NGO ensure that the hundreds of children and families we serve in Guatemala have the hope of a better, brighter tomorrow.

We thank you with a salute from our city of San Miguel Dueñas, where a local nursery who supports us has showcased its massive array of 50,000 poinsettia plants.

Happy New Year, and best wishes for a loving, peaceful, and enriching 2013.

domingo, 23 de diciembre de 2012

Science Lessons from a German Volunteer

This month, we had the pleasure of a volunteer visit from Richard, an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer from Germany.  He wrote this greeting to us detailing his experience with our organization.  We enjoyed our time with him and hope he will always treasure his time volunteering at Open Windows.  

Dear Friends of Open Windows,

From the 25th of November until the 7th of December, I had the great opportunity of conducting science workshops with children at the Open Windows Foundation. I was just planning on a vacation in Central America but thanks to all the good things I was able to see and the kindness that I received in these wonderful countries, I wanted to give something back.

I left Germany when I finished my Masters Degree in Communications this October and went on for a ten weeks trip starting in Costa Rica and finishing in Mexico. My greatest experience happened in Guatemala, where I volunteered at Open Windows.  By volunteering, I realized that I could help children learn a bit more and get deeper in contact with people that live in the culture at the same time. Additionally, I found that Antigua is definitely a good place to stay. And what luck - the classes I taught the children about mathematics, physics and chemistry, turned out to be loved by the children a lot. My approach was to stimulate childrens' interest in these sciences and give them easier access to  topics that often are not very popular for youngsters. The workshops I conducted just use components you can find in every kitchen, and can create sustainable change regarding how children view on these topics.

In groups of 6 to 15 children we worked on three different science experiments. The first one was on computing volumes of geometrical shapes. Each pupil received a stencil with two shapes that they had to cut and fit together in the right way. Doing so, we obtained cubes and cylinders in different sizes and each child filled up one of them with black beans. The children were asked to determine whether both of their containers fit the same content, or whether one had a greater volume capacity than the other. When trying to transfer the beans from one container into the other, the children often were surprised that the same amount of beans didn't fit in the second shape, or the vice versa. The children learned that geometric volumes can differ greatly. I have to admit that I was also really astonished the first time we did the experiment

The second workshop was about temperature, in which the children constructed their own thermometer. They used a common glass bottle, filled it with red-colored water, put a straw in the neck and closed the space between neck and straw with plasticine. Then we put the thermometers one after the other into very cold and then into very hot water and waited until the level in the straw moved down in the first case and up in the second case. That is the very same principle that the Italian Galileo Galilei used centuries ago for experiments and visualizes the extension of liquids very well.  The children enjoyed this project very much.

The third and last experiment I led was about pH. When cooking red cabbage it gives a nice color to the water which contains a great indicator for acids and bases. When adding different substances the water shifts its colour to blue and green indicating bases as bicarbonate or backing powder, or to red when you add acids like the juice of a lemon or vinegar. It is easy but the colors that you get are clear and bright and I am astonished every time again that this is possible by using a simple vegetable.  The children were in awe of their new knowledge about pH testing.

As you see, conducting the workshops doesn’t require you to know what is happening on the molecular level into great finite detail. The general idea was to make the children understand that there is far more behind the obvious things in life and that they should not get betrayed by what they see in the first moment... A great lesson for life in general.

It was hard to say goodbye to all the children that probably started to like me and call me “prof” when they saw me strolling through the streets of the village. But the good thing is that the children and any new volunteer can easily go on with these workshops. I conducted the experiments with the teachers as well. I’m leaving all the materials they need at Open Windows. Now it's time to think big and wait until the first Nobel Prize goes to one of the children of Open Windows Foundation in Guatemala.

Thanks to Teresa, Luisa, all the teachers and the donators for their support. Thank you children for all the smiles you gave me. I hope I can come back soon.

Best Regards,


viernes, 21 de diciembre de 2012

On November 11, 2012, our organization held its first flea market in Antigua. The organizers gave 10% of the table entrance fees to Open Windows. Open Windows received over 1000Q that day. The event was a success. We are hoping to have this event every year to help other organizations like ours.

Our successful flea market

In other news, as you can imagine, when children are on vacation from school our learning center is at its busiest. Thanks to all the volunteers who assist the teachers, we can help the many children who participate in our programs. Last month, we had two volunteers from Germany and one from Switzerland, and the rest are young kids from Dueñas.

Open Windows Volunteers from Germany, Switzerland, and Guatemala

One of our volunteers is Morelia.

Morelia is a 15 year old. Her mother sent her to Open Windows to work on something useful and not spend time at home watching television. Initially, Morelia took it as a punishment, but as the days passed she realized that she liked to come and be part of the Open Windows team.

Morelia's dad was killed a year ago. He was working as a bus driver from Antigua to Guatemala City and one day, a gang member shot and killed him. Tragically, owners of local bus companies that do not pay the taxes that gangsters demand can be targeted and killed.  One of those fallen drivers was Morelia's father. Morelia still has a hard time accepting the sudden death of her father.

We have various girls like Morelia with similar problems and have nowhere to go for help. We want the kids to fell good about themselves by helping others.  This is one of the many functions our learning center provides - the chance to be a kid for awhile, and the chance to help - in spite of difficulties at home.

jueves, 20 de diciembre de 2012

A Note from Wilson

At Open Windows Foundation, it is a delight to follow the successes of the children in our programs.
The highest achieving children that are involved in our programs receive scholarships to continue with their studies.  Wilson is one such student.  After a successful year, he wrote this letter to his benefactor, who'd like for us share it with you.

Dear Padrino,
I hope you receive this sincere greeting. I am hoping for success in your life as I write these lines. First, I like to thank you for the support you have brought us because this help is not only for me but also for all of my family. It also plants a future for our society, our country of Guatemala and I hope not to disappoint you.

I want to tell you that this has been a good year for me and it was the first year that I was a beneficiary of your help. I have tried to do better in my classes and I have done well in my grades. I like the class of natural science because I understand rapidly the processes of the human body, the environment and all that makes up this class. I quit this class and now in September, I started the class of physics and we started with the principle basics to learn them and to apply them. As I write this letter, we are close to September 15 which is our Independence Day. It is on Saturday and we are accustomed to have a parade where all the schools participate. The parade has a theme.

Next year, I will be finishing middle school and I hope to continue fostering success so I can be part of a generation of charge. In speaking of change, I refer to making a positive impact on society.  This starts with our conduct which reflects our environment of living together as a village, a country and a world.

Maybe this looks like a grain of sand, but this grain makes up the beach and the hope of the world. I am happy to have filled up a moment of your mind with words that have been conceived in my heart and birthed through my pen on the paper giving expression to not only a simple opinion, but that I think in the change of the truth of life.

Encouraging you to be part of the generation of change, I Wilson Orlando Meren Xar say farewell to you wishing you success in you professional life and even more in your personal life.

Wilson Orlando Meren Xar.

lunes, 26 de noviembre de 2012

Successful Scholarship Workshop

During the past month, we had our second workshop for Open Windows scholarship students.  This exciting event took place on Octubrer 31 and encompassed 61 students, all of the Open Windows teachers, and three speakers.

Among the topics discussed were:

  • "Self-esteem and motivation" by Yolanda Valle
  • "Interpersonal Relationships" by Mr. Víctor Eduardo Quinonez
  • "Leadership and teamwork" by Mr. Cristhians Castillo

At the beginning of the activities, none of the children sat together, nor did it seem they could really relate to each other. But by the end of the day everyone had a big smile.

At the end of the workshop, Open Windows staff distributed a questionnaire for the students to write their comments.
Among the comments:

"I really liked the activity because we got issues of great importance. The people who gave us lectures, they gave it in way that we could understand.  Also we shared with our peers while we had fun in a healthy way. All this day we share, we forget our stress and our daily problems."

"I think these activities are very helpful to us youngsters. It should be done more often because they help us to share and learn many important things.  The theme that I liked most was the relationships."

"It was a nice activity, creative, dynamic and interesting that helps young people to be distracted by something beautiful and especially good."

"The workshop was very nice, very dynamic and above all we learned new things and issues... this workshop motivated us to continue our studies and not to stop at nothing. Also to share and work as a team."

The students learned together, gained each other's trust, and motivated each other to continue their education and achieve their goals.  

miércoles, 3 de octubre de 2012

An inspiring story from an Open Windows Volunteer

Life at Open Windows Foundation has been very busy.  We have been fortunate to have visits from numerous volunteers from all over the world.  One of our busiest, most enthusiastic volunteers, John, has provided a great deal of support, mentorship, and educational enrichment to Open Windows over the past several months.

Below, we will share his account of one of the many volunteer projects he has been involved in with  Open Windows.

On Wednesday, September 18, 2012 Teresa, the Director of Open Windows and I visited a very special family, the family of Maria Concepción Reyes and Manuel de Jesua Xulú.  We had paid this visit to find out how they liked their recently installed wood-burning stove, thanks to funds donated to Open Windows. 

It is traditional in this part of Guatemala to cook over an open fire.  The fire is typically in an open-air kitchen with a corrugated tin roof which provides some protection from the elements.  There are many reasons why this is not the best method of cooking, as Maria Concepción soon informed us.  She eagerly and enthusiastically told us why the stove made such a difference in the lives of her family.  Looking on were three of her children – Josselyn Marisol 17 years old, Jonathan Manuel, 13 years old, and Nathali Concepción, 5 years old.

She first mentioned the absence of smoke.  This was an especially important difference for Jonathan who is severely handicapped and has respiration problems. However, all the family appreciated this feature of the stove.  For example, when asked why she liked the new stove, Nathali said she liked it because there wasn’t any smoke.  Maria pointed out that it was better for all of them, for their eyes as well as for their respiration.

The next important benefit that Maria pointed out to us was a financial one.  When they were cooking on the open fire, the family purchased a unit of fire wood for about the equivalent of 36.00 US dollars.  The wood lasted for 15 days.  With the new stove, the same unit of fire wood lasts for 3 months, a huge savings!  To put this in perspective, most families like Maria’s and Manuel’s live on less than the equivalent of 4.00 or 5.00 US dollars per day.  It is easy to see why Maria is so grateful.

Maria also appreciated that her children were safer now.  She feared potential accidents with the open fire.  As it was, the children often got minor burns from getting too close to the fire.

And lastly, she told us that it is much easier to cook on this stove.  She can manage her various pots better, placing them on hotter or cooler surfaces over the fire as needed.  There is also a shelf on the front of the fire for food that has finished cooking or for food that is finished while other food is still cooking.

We also spoke of the children’s education.  Josselyn goes to high school.  It is unusual for children in this family’s life circumstances to be able to attend school.  The parents are often illiterate, as is Maria, and often don’t appreciate the value of education and/or can’t afford to send their children to school.  They also want their children to be home working, helping the family to survive. Indeed Josselyn was actively assisting her mother doing the everyday chores necessary to run a household.  However, she attends school in the afternoon thanks to parents who do support her, and to a scholarship provided by Open Window’s donors.  It was she, who wrote down the names and ages of the family members for me.

Evelyn and Jorge were not present, both at school in the morning.  Evelyn is also going to school on a scholarship.  Jonathan had never been to school.  There are no resources in this part of Guatemala for Jonathan to attend school.  He doesn’t have control of his arms and legs, is confined to a wheelchair, and doesn’t speak, or so I thought.

After our interview, Teresa spent time with Maria, admiring the many flowers that Maria had planted around the house.  As they were engaged in this, Nathali was vying for my attention.  Jonathan was nearby and happily participating in our play.  He is a very cheerful boy, with a big wide smile.  His birthday would be in two days, and he was very excited about his upcoming party.

As part of our play, I was trying to get Nathali to speak a few simple phrases in English.  She was not drawn in, simply breaking into giggles and wanting me to continue “threatening” her with tickling.  So I gave off the English lesson and some few minutes later, I heard a male voice say, “Thank you”.  I was taken aback because I was the only male there, other than Jonathan, who I thought didn’t speak.  When I finally put this all together, he then said, “How are you?”  He spoke the words perfectly, with no trace of a Spanish accent.  There is an intelligent mind in this broken body.  It is impossible not to think how different his life would be, if he had been born in the U.S.

When Teresa and I were finally ready to leave, I felt like I had participated in something very special.  There was such obvious love and joy in this family.  Everyone was quick to smile and to laugh and to participate in this intrusion into their daily routines.  They cheerfully waved us off and I left this family, knowing that the money spent on their stove, and for the education of these children, was money well-spent.  It takes so little by U.S. standards to make a huge difference in the lives of this family.   


viernes, 31 de agosto de 2012

The power of a donation

Traditional Guatemalan Stove.

Imagine cooking to trying to cook on this stove made of cement blocks.  Imagine searching for wood for hours, knowing that how much wood you find depends on how long you can prepare food for your family.  Imagine that the fumes from your stove infiltrate your entire living space, affect the health of your entire family, and cause breathing difficulties for even your youngest children?

This is the reality that most Guatemalan families experience every day.  

But Open Windows Foundation is on a quest to make a difference.  Through our Eco Stove program, we have the goal of providing 500 stoves for families of the children in our program.  We are already beginning to achieve this goal. 

A family of volunteers who gave their time to Open Windows in May also donated three Eco Stoves at the end of the volunteer experience... one for each member of the family.  Now, three months later, three Guatemalan families have a more efficient way to cook, reduced carbon emissions, and significantly improved air quality and health.  

New Eco Stoves impact multiple generations:

Donata and her granddaughter with their new stove.  Their old stove is pictured above. 

Three generations of the Timotea family with their new stove.  

Rafaela and her new stove.  

When an Eco Stove is donated, it has a multiplier effect.  Not only can mothers cook more efficiently, but the health and well being of their entire family is improved.  

You can help an Open Windows family no matter where you are in the world.  Email our Co-Founder Teresa Quinonez at to donate an Eco Stove today.   We need your help to reach our goal of 500 Eco Stoves!

domingo, 19 de agosto de 2012

Learning more about volunteer experiences with Open Windows

One of our volunteers has written a fantastic blog about her experience in Guatemala.  While with Open Windows, Megan spent time teaching the Open Windows teaching staff how to make earrings, necklaces and bracelets.  Our staff will then teach the mothers of the children in our program these new skills.  To learn more about Megan's experience volunteering with our organization, please visit:

viernes, 3 de agosto de 2012

Working with Developing World Connections

Late July and early August have been busy months for us at Open Windows.  

A fantastic group from Canada called Developing World Connections paid us a two week visit. Volunteers from this group built two houses for two different Open Windows families. One is made of blocks and the other one out sheet metal; one family bought a small plot of land, and the other is renting the land.

Volunteers from Developing World Connections helped build houses for Open Windows families.

Volunteers worked hard for two full weeks on the construction of this house.

Kathy, another enthusiastic volunteer, gave cooking classes to the children in the Open Windows morning program. 

Additionally, a volunteer named Lisa paid us a visit.  Lisa is a certified massage therapist.  She taught a group of mothers and Open Windows participants unique massage techniques using two balls to dissolve tension in the muscles.

This mother and her future Open Windows participant enjoyed learning the massage stress relief technique.

Volunteers from Developing World Connections made a truly positive impact at Open Windows.

jueves, 5 de julio de 2012

Open Windows Foundation Welcomes Visiting Dentists

A dentist in Dr. Zero's group examining a patient with the aid of an assistant.  

At Open Windows, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Dr. Zero.  Dr. Zero is a Guatemalan-born dentist who has been living in the United States for years.  Dr. Zero brought a team of dentists with her from Indiana to our town in Guatemala.

Dr. Zero and members of her team of dentists from Indiana.

Dr. Zero's contributions to our organization have been significant.  Dr. Zero talked about the importance of teaching the children to brush their teeth every day.  Most of the children at Open Windows had never seen a dentist before. Most of these kids' teeth were plagued with problems, including severe cavities, and professional dental care makes a huge difference.

We're pleased to learn that Dr. Zero is planning yearly visits to our foundation.

domingo, 1 de julio de 2012

Father's Day at Open Windows Foundation

Open Windows had an amazing celebration for Father's Day.  A total of 75 fathers came to the foundation to commemorate the occasion.  Founder Teresa Quinonez said, "I was so happy to see so many fathers attending.  The event was a success." 

Included in the festivities were games and a dramatic play presented by the Open Windows teaching staff to the fathers.  The dramatization was a message for parents who need to be more involved in their children's lives.   The message made a positive impression on the gentlemen whose children attend Open Windows for after school homework help, computer classes, and tutoring. 

Fathers participating in interactive games during the Father's Day celebration at Open Windows.  

Staff members and volunteers also participated.

The Open Windows teachers organized fun and memorable games for the fathers that came to the event.

The fathers enjoyed the games and even got a chance to get to act like children themselves.

Fathers who attended enjoyed the presentations the staff had prepared.

Tasty, healthful, homemade snacks were served during the event.  

Their participation in our Father's Day celebration enabled these fathers to take part in our mission to improve children's education in Guatemala.  

martes, 26 de junio de 2012

Summer volunteers are making a big difference at Open Windows

At Open Windows, we greatly benefit from the help of volunteers who are medical professionals.  Dr. Dian travels to Open Windows Guatemala several times per year to help Open Windows children with medical problems.

Pictured above is Dr. Dian.  Dr. Dian has been visiting Open Windows for years, and he recently completed another visit to Guatemala in which he cared for numerous Open Windows children.  
 Dr. Dian has been instrumental in assisting Open Windows in providing medical care to children in our program.  Medical volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of our children.  

Our Co-Founder, Maria Teresa Quinonez, posed for this picture with a young child named Andrea.  As a result of Dr. Dian's visits several years ago, he discovered a heart abnormality present in her system.  Andrea had heart surgery several years ago, and now she is growing up and living a normal life.  Two weeks ago, she had her first communion, where this picture was taken.  Dr. Dian was able to share in the happiness, excitement, and gratitude of this important occasion in Andrea's life.  

Dr. Dian is evidence that volunteers really do change the world for the children in our program.

It's not only international volunteers who make a difference at Open Windows.  Mothers of our Open Windows children also provide the Open Windows library and after school children's program significant support.  Mothers assist in providing healthy snacks to the children who participate in our programs so that youth can get the crucial vitamins and nutrients that they might not otherwise receive at home.  

Whether it's providing medical care, or helping to distribute nutritious snacks, volunteers from near and far make Open Windows a successful educational enrichment foundation and NGO.

miércoles, 13 de junio de 2012

Medical volunteers make a difference at Open Windows

Medical volunteers are making a big difference this month at Open Windows.  Through dental checkups and blood pressure checks, members of our community are receiving care they greatly need.  

Open Windows medical personnel volunteer with mothers of the children who utilize the Open Windows library and learning facilities.

miércoles, 6 de junio de 2012

Dentists will arrive in June to make a difference at Open Windows

This month, we are happy to welcome a new group of volunteers at Open Windows.  Soon, a group of dentists will arrive in Antigua.  These dentists will volunteer with our foundation for one week. They will be giving dental cleanings to children at Open Windows, and even better, will be providing children with a much needed application of fluoride. Our dentist volunteers will also be helping children with difficult dental problems by partnering with a  dentist in Antigua.  

At Open Windows, volunteers help the children and families of our community receive the services they so greatly need.  We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our volunteers!

If you wish to learn more about volunteer opportunities with our foundation, we invite you to make a difference with our foundation today.  Please email Teresa Quinonez at for more information.  

jueves, 31 de mayo de 2012

Meet the Open Windows Team

We invite you to meet the team of Open Windows Foundation in Guatemala.  In this video, you will meet the staff that changes the world for children and families in the town of San Miguel Duenas, Guatemala.

Teresa Quinonez is the co-founder of Open Windows.  The building in which the library currently operates is her childhood home.  She donated her home to the foundation, and as the foundation has grown, additional buildings have been added to accommodate the 2000+ children and families that rely on this foundation as an important resource for community development and outreach.

Luisa Wheeler is another amazing force in the community of San Miguel Duenas and greater Antigua.  She is the president of the Guatemalan board of Open Windows and has provided years of guidance and direction to the organization to facilitate growth.  Luisa's visionary abilities have helped Open Windows enhance its core mission of serving the community's educational needs.

Nilda Giron is the head accountant for Open Windows Foundation.  In addition to managing the foundation's finances, she also serves as the director of the Open Windows Scholarship.  The Open Windows Scholarship is a life-changing resource for children in the community who wish to continue their studies beyond the middle school level, yet do not have the resources to do so.  The Open Windows Scholarship is currently enabling four hard-working children to complete their high school education.

Dalia Quinonez is the librarian at Open Windows.  She is in charge of a growing library with over 10,000 books in Spanish and English.  Dalia maintains the library database, teaches children how to do research, and helps students complete projects.  The Open Windows library is an important resource for the community of San Miguel Duenas, and children enjoy the opportunity to learn, develop, and foster a love of reading in this facility.

Monica Fuentes is a teacher at Open Windows Foundation.  With three children of her own, she understands how important it is for children in the San Miguel Duenas community to supplement their schoolwork with meaningful homework help and additional opportunities to learn.  She also teaches children skills such as English.  Monica serves as a teacher, mentor and aid to the children in the Open Widows Foundation program.

Hector Ramirez is the manager of the Open Windows computer lab.  He teaches children from six years and above in small groups based on age and experience.  Hector instructs children in how to use software packages such as the Microsoft Office Suite, that enable children to excel in their schoolwork and enhance their knowledge about technology.  Hector also teaches a host of adult classes to parents of Open Windows children who wish to develop their own skills and gain marketable experience.

Roxana Ramos serves as a teacher and homework tutor to the children at Open Windows.  By reinforcing required coursework and homework the children have in school, Roxana helps children at Open Windows develop a love for learning.  One of the most important tools Roxana and her team utilize are educational games which serve as a reward upon the completion of homework and assignments.

Visit Open Windows Foundation today, and meet this dynamic staff.

viernes, 18 de mayo de 2012

Eco-Stoves in Guatemala

Open Windows is making a difference in the lives of Guatemalan families with Eco-Stoves.

Families in San Miguel Duenas search hours for wood every day just to cook food in traditional stoves. Eco-stoves reduce a family's wood fuel consumption by over 60%.  Typical Guatemalan stoves don't have ventilation and produce lots of smoke.  The kitchen is a family gathering place, exposing kids to harmful smoke, causing respiratory problems.  

One $125 donation busy an Eco-stove for one family in San Miguel Duenas.  By donating an Eco-stove, you are contributing to a healthier environment in these families' homes.  An Eco-stove's lower wood fuel consumption means less smoke inhalation for families.  Many Open Windows children spend much of the school day coughing because of smoke inhalation from traditional stoves at home.  

Open Windows children deserve clean air at home.  Together, let's provide Eco-stoves to every family in San Miguel Duenas to make clean air at home a reality.  Email: for for more information and to donate today.

Hilda Veronica Gomez and her daughter with an Eco-Stove donated by Open Windows.

Eulalia Agreda and her young son, after cooking a meal on their Eco-stove. 

The Lopez family with their new Eco-stove. 

The Morales children, participants in Open Windows, and recipients of a new Eco-stove. 

 Teodoro Ajin and his wife Cirila received this Eco-stove, donated by the Open Windows Foundation.

Participants in the Open Windows Foundation literacy programs.

jueves, 17 de mayo de 2012

Children at Open Windows

Children at Open Windows:  getting ready to start the afternoon with educational activities.

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
Anthony J. D'Angelo

martes, 15 de mayo de 2012

Eco-Stoves for Open Windows families in Guatemala

How Eco-Stoves are changing the lives of Open Windows families

Open Windows Library in Guatemala

Young students in the Open Windows computer lab, enjoying the free time to play computer games after having finished their homework

Learning new skills, such as how to use a computer, increases each child's self confidence and excitement about learning

Children love learning.  Having the opportunity to learn how to use computers at the Open Windows computer lab is a valuable asset to their development.  Open Windows Foundation offers computer classes for children as well as adults that seek to better themselves by learning how to utilize technology and software programs.  If not for these classes offered by Open Windows, these children might never have access to computers.  Open Windows Foundation is passionate about enabling these children to have opportunities to learn.

lunes, 14 de mayo de 2012

About Us

Open Windows Foundation
Open Windows Foundation is a learning center located in San Miguel Dueñas, near Antigua, Guatemala. Co-founded by native Teresa Quiñonez, Jean Uelman, and Ericka Kaplan to supplement and encourage the education of the local children, the center provides an extensive library and a computer center, neither of which are available at the four local schools. The center serves school-aged children and their families, while salaried teachers as well as visiting volunteers assist the kids with reading, homework, research, computer skills, and numerous other activities.

Many children of San Miguel Dueñas lose the opportunity to receive a full education and remain captive in the cycle of poverty with little or no chance for economic advancement. The goal of Open Windows Foundation is to help these children to obtain opportunities to escape poverty and work toward reaching their full potential.

Open Windows Foundation is a US-registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala. The center was founded in 2001 by Ericka Kaplan, Jean Uelmen, and Teresa Quiñonez and now serves over 2000 members of the Dueñas community.