Using participatory planning to efficiently deliver public services in urban municipalities
Graeme Thompson, communications specialist for the Tetra Tech-implemented U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Urban Municipal Governance project (UMG) in Guatemala, discusses how the project executed a three-month technical assistance initiative to help four municipalities deliver high-quality operating plans to the Ministry of Finance. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.
What gift would you give for the holidays that costs $56? Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci lived on $56 for 56 days in Guatemala and filmed Living on One Dollar, a documentary that has raised over $300,000 for Whole Planet Foundation, funding 1,600 microloans for Guatemalans living in poverty.
Bolstering students' health with nutrition education and wholesome foods
by Michelle Cruz
Rita Reyes used to see her students fill up on junk food and soda. Now it’s fruit, juice, healthy proteins and garden vegetables.
“This was a constant battle not only with the kids, but also with the parents,” said the primary school teacher at the San Apostol School in Ticuanpante, a municipality just outside the capitol of Nicaragua. “Today, things are different.”
One of Goldcorp’s six pillars that guide our everyday actions and support Goldcorp’s vision and values is to Grow Sustainability. This means we are committed to leaving a positive economic, social and environmental legacy everywhere that we operate. In 2017, Goldcorp’s Marlin mine in Guatemala advances towards closure, marking the end of more than a decade of sustainable mining practices and the beginning of a new chapter as we look forward to the opportunities after mining.
Most people attend college to learn and prepare for their future career. You don’t imagine that your actions in that classroom will change someone’s life somewhere across the globe. But for students in Michigan State University’s ME 491 International Humanitarian Engineering class–taught by Dr. Brian Thompson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering–that’s exactly what happens.
Sports Programs Help Children Develop Important Life Skills and Empower Them to Break the Cycle of Poverty
KANSAS CITY, Mo., August 16, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The University of Kansas Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab (KUSEPL) and Children International (CI) have partnered to create a caring sports environment for kids in impoverished communities. A coaches’ clinic was held in Guatemala earlier this year where CI staff and volunteers were taught how to utilize sport psychology theory to make their Sports for Development program even more effective.
by Maria Bolis, senior advisor for Private Sector Department, Oxfam America
What if you were never asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was younger, I wasn’t aware that people had different expectations of girls and boys. My parents wanted me to get good grades and have a career. They never asked, “When will you get married? How many children will you have?” Instead they asked, “What are you thinking about” And “What interests you?”