A service opportunity, a life-changing experience in Guatemala.
Proyecto El Tigre
Kamalbe ProJect is an Guatemalan non-profit organization that works with local organizations to help provide an education to the Mayan youth in the communities of El Tigre and Xecanchavox, Guatemala.
Today, we are a small independent Spanish school, certified by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. Because of our size, we are able to offer personalized lessons and activities to fit our student’s needs and interests. We organize volunteer projects with our partner community Xecanchavox, a rural community near Xela.
El Tigre and Xecanchavox are two communities of indigenous Mayans based in Quetzaltenango and Totonicapan in Guatemalan. Most are single parents trying to sustain their families on the meager income they earn through manual labor. Most live in extreme poverty and hope for a better life for their children in most of the cases the parents moved to America to get better opportunities, however in many cases children where abandoned.
Additionally, the government has not provided any support to the families or the school to improve access to opportunity and resources.
In order to attend this situation Kamalbe School has creater 4 programs to try to improve the life of the children:
1. The Nicolas Schoolarship Program:
In Guatemala, most of the children may attend school, but families must be able to pay for school supplies, uniforms, books and any other educational materials in order to keep attending the school. For the children of El Tigre and Xecanchavox, this often prevents them from attending school. The families in Xecanchavox and specially in El Tigre often don’t have enough to eat, let alone have the money it takes to send their children to school. The goal of the program is to provide the economical resources to the families in the communities trought out the scholarships
2. The Clotilde Mobile Dental Clinic:
Guatemala has one of the worst dental services Guatemala has one of the worst dental services in the world, ranking only behind Haiti.
Most of the children here have never received any dental treatment or dental education in their lives besides the treatment that they have received by our program. According to information given by the principals of the local schools, the percentage of students with cavities has reached 77%. This is a tremendous problem because many of the families already do not have enough money to afford basic necessities, like food. That, compounded with the lack of access to quality dental treatment which is very detrimental to the health of the children in many cases. The goals of the program is provide dental treatment for free in the communities to avoide bigger health problems.
Our primary goal is to help build a future for these families by providing educational programs, dental mobile programs, scholarship programs, and any support to donors to ensure their continued assistance with our communities.
We currently Kamalbe School is working with two organizations in Guatemala to help carry out our mission, the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and Oficina de Estudios Juridicos Kamalbe. In USA with George Mason University that provides every year volunteers to keep helping in our programs and providing dental supplies for our programs. Recently Ensoluna a coffe company which has bussines in Guatemala and based in USA has joint to the Kamalbe Project, the company and its main parnter Alex Yoon is sponsoring 3 children in our community and providing supplies for the dental mobile clinic.
Facts of the Program: The Program was foundred in 2005 by three college students David Mazariegos, Andres Mazariegos and Andres Maldonado
Administration: Kamalbe School Xela administers the program. All administrative costs for operating the programs are paid by the Kamalbe School covering a 75% of the expenses. The 25% is covered by the donors from George Mason University, Ensoluna (Alex Yoon), Janna Lawner
Sponsorships: 4 children are currently sponsored (and 6 in high school). Participation in the program costs $40 per child per month (2016 school year). The fee covers:
Results: Since 2005 Kamalbe School started the program and we have covered over 3000 children with our programs, especially the dental Mobile Clinics and the
Please learn more about our programs:
- Scholarship Program
- Dental Mobile Program