“I felt proud of myself because I felt that I had achieved a goal, and if I had achieved a goal, then it would be easier to achieve other goals. I felt like a winner.” – Laura, 8th grader at the Starfish Impact School Laura was one of 12 Girl Pioneers who climbed San Pedro Volcano during this year’s Volcanothon. Check out our new blog post to read Girl Pioneers' reflections and learn why climbing San Pedro together is such a special Starfish activity! ... See more
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We're always happy to share the unique ways that each Girl Pioneer answers the question “how far can she go?” When Vicki was ending elementary school, she knew she wanted to continue studying but didn’t have the resources to do it until she entered Starfish in 2010. Eight years later, she’s a Starfish grad and the first in her family to study in university. As a Quetzal Fund scholarship recipient, she is currently studying business administration in Xela. When she’s not studying, she’s completing an internship at Starfish working in administration for the Impact School and helping with the girls. She said one of the best things about her work is setting an example for Girl Pioneers at the school so that “they can see that I am continuing to fight.” ... See more
We know that a holistic approach leads to sustainable change in the lives of Girl Pioneers. One aspect of that approach is working with families, not in spite of them, to help support Girl Pioneers’ transformation in a healthy way. Earlier this month, Starfish mentors and others from 20 organizations and schools in our Guatemalan network participated in a training from Fundación Juconi México. During the training, they learned techniques for working with families at-risk for family violence. Juconi is a leader in working with children and families affected by family violence and training others on their methods. We have used their tools for more than eight years and are glad to share the knowledge with our partners. Thank you, Juconi! ... See more
Earlier this month, 8th graders took a field trip to a nearby river to learn more about different types of soil. Activities like these are opportunities for the girls to engage with their learning outside the classroom and understand through firsthand experience. After the field trip, Girl Pioneer Sonia wrote, “Before I didn’t like science, but I realized that we should know many things about the soil and our planet Earth.” ... See more
Step by step we are building the future home of the Starfish Impact School. The first floor has been finished and the construction team will be working on the second floor next week. Thank you for supporting us during this exciting journey! ... See more
Today is International Mother Language Day! Today, we celebrate languages all around the world. We believe in the importance of preserving and promoting Mayan culture, especially through languages like Kaqchikel, Tz'utujil, and Quiché. Watch this video of Starfish Impact School Director Vilma and Social Studies educator Chonita and learn more about how mother languages contribute to the cultural richness and diverse identities in our world. ... See more
This past weekend, we held our 6th annual Volcanothon!!! Girl Pioneers, Starfish staff, and visitors braved the steep climb to reach the summit of San Pedro Volcano together. Thank you to all the guests that participated, including students from Northampton High School in Massachusetts through Peace Works Travel! We’ve got incredibly sore legs today but happy hearts. ... See more
24-year-old Silvia is a graduate of the first group of Girl Pioneers. She was an intern at the LIFE School, Panajachel, Guatemala, a bilingual international school, and was then hired as a full time staff member for her great performance. Now she teaches Spanish class to 15 primary school students. At first she was nervous in the classroom, but now feels very comfortable leading and loves teaching them. Pictured here, she and In-Country Director Norma commemorated her leadership in a cultural event at the LIFE School called “Why I'm Proud to be Guatemalan.” That’s the power of a Starfish grad in action! ... See more
We’re changing the narrative of education in Guatemala. That’s why teamwork makes the dream work at the Impact School! Our classrooms are full of engaged young women, and group work is a great way for them to learn from each other and think critically together. Photo credit: Livvy Runyon ... See more
Around the world, more than 130 million girls are out of school today, and most will not get to finish secondary school. The world cannot afford to not educate girls. When we invest in girls, we are creating a safer and more sustainable future for all. Girls’ education empowers women, increases economic growth, leads to smaller, healthier families, results in healthier and better educated children, and so much more! Help create change in rural Guatemala and support the ripple effects of educating a Girl Pioneer today: starfish-impact.org/donate. Photo credit: Kate Lord ... See more
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