Kamalbe's main goal is to support rural, indigenous communities around Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Currently we are working with the community of Xecanchovox. Comprised of roughly 500 families, this impoverished community relies on manual labour, small scale agriculture and money sent from relatives working in the United States to provide enough income to survive. The community is also under-served when it comes to education. Most children do not have the quality of education needed to keep pace with their counterparts in more developed areas. Our primary goal is to help these families build a future by providing educational support, mobile dental programs, and scholarship programs that help children attend school. Our work is funded by our Kamalbe language school.
High dropout rate in the schools of this community.
Outdated and ineffective education offered in the community.
Knowledge gap between the students and their mothers (unfamiliarity among mothers with current technology, basic health care etc).
Lack of joint space for mothers and children to learn.
Build a community center to provide space for education and programs.
Educate the community about health, dental hygene and nutrition.
Provide personal and business finance advising,
Provide tutoring for K-12 students, including English lessons, computers and technology seminars, and recreational sports, games and arts.
While we don’t yet have a centralized home for these programs yet we still try to bring the services and information to the people in Xecanchavox. We utilize our connections in the community, especially the school, and rely on our dedicated volunteers and interns to teach workshops, host clinics, and facilitate recreational activities.
Our Partners Kamalbe Project is working with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Oficina de Estudios Juridicos Kamalbe in Guatemala and we have partnered with George Mason University, US, which provides volunteers and dental supplies for our programs. We welcome volunteerswho would like to assist us in any way. The main beneficiaries of your time are the children. There is no minimum time commitment and while here, you will have the opportunity to learn a new language and participate in indigenous community development.