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March 2010

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4 New Ways to Help
What's a Tour Like?
Tours in Numbers & Pics
Meet our Staff
Philanthropy Survey
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Patti Ballard
Jim Banks
Denis Forster
Karl Gieseke
David Kammer
Ed McCarter
David Noll
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Ramón Rodriguez
Kathy Santen
Carleen Suttman
Jeff Berninger
Joe Berninger

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Bill Dankworth
Jack and Marie Eiting
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Looking for new ways to help kids in Guatemala get a quality education? Discover 4 new ways to help CoEd break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education.
Did you miss out on the February tours to Guatemala? Experience the Snapshot Tour through the eyes of guest columnist and "Stuff You Should Know" podcaster Chuck Bryant. Also in this issue, you can meet Anna Luna, one of the members of our CoEd Guatemala staff
4 New Ways to Get Involved with CoEd

Want to be a certified CoEd expert? Join the Speakers Bureau!
Join the Speakers BureauAre you eager to get other people excited about education in Guatemala, but not sure how to start? Join us for a one-time training to learn how to give interesting, impactful multimedia presentations about CoEd's work to a variety of audiences.
Speakers Bureau Training:
  • When: Wednesday, April 14 
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Location: Cincinnati (exact location to be announced)
  • How to register: contact Jeremy at or 513-731-2595x112 to register by April 10.
Calling all Party Planners!
Fall FiestaOur Fall Fiesta event planning committee is now forming. We need your creative energy and involvement to make this year's event a success.  
  • Interested in joining the   committee?
Contact Bonnie Forbes, Fall Fiesta Chair, at   
Watch the Labor Day Fireworks and help CoEd at the same time!
Got a great view of the Ohio River, or know someone who does? We're looking for a few homes or businesses to host fireworks parties in Cincinnati this Labor Day weekend to benefit CoEd. 
Host a fireworks party!
It can be as simple as having a few friends over to your home on the river to watch Cincinnati's fireworks on Sunday night, September 5, or as involved as asking a business with a great view of the river to host a fundraising event for charity that evening. 
  • Interested? Contact Holly End at 513-731-2595, ext. 104, or to get a kit including a sample invitation and materials about CoEd that you can share with your guests.
  • Not able to host a party? You can still help! Start spreading the word to anyone who has a great view of Cincinnati's Labor Day fireworks and might be interested in hosting a party for CoEd.
Leave a Legacy 
Remembering CoEd in your will, 401k, or life insurance is easy!
  •  Want to learn more? Contact Holly End at or 513-731-2595x104 for more information.
The Snapshot Experience

Guest columnist and "Stuff You Should Know" podcaster Chuck Bryant talks about his recent experience on CoEd's Snapshot Tour.
ChuckOne can never anticipate a life-changing experience. That's the beauty of them-they sneak up on you, and in the end feel more like a gift than something earned. The trick is to be open enough to recognize and accept the gift. Such was the case when I traveled to Guatemala to take part in a Snapshot Tour-a first-hand look at the work that the Cooperative for Education does, but much more than that as it turns out.
Field research...outside the cubicle

I have a podcast on iTunes called "Stuff You Should Know" that I record as a part of my job as a writer for the Web site The main focus of my job and the show is to find interesting things to write and talk about, research them, and then write and talk about them. Pretty simple. Most of the time, the research involved is confined within
Field research
the walls of my cubicle via the Internet - not a terribly exciting way to

learn. So when I got an email from CoEd inviting myself and my podcasting partner to Guatemala, we jumped on the chance and wrangled our producer to come along and document the trip for our first "on-location" episodes.

Breaking tortillas with CoEd
We arrived in Guatemala City and met the CoEd staff for dinner the first evening and had a tremendous get-to-know-you experience over some delicious food. Everyone was incredibly fun, friendly and passionate about their work. In a sometimes cynical and jaded world, it's refreshing to break bread, or in this case tortillas, with a group like this. I could tell they were my kind of people from the start.
Getting to see the impact of educational tools in rural schools 

The tour ushered us to two schools a day by bus, through mountains Pixabaj CORP Inaugurationand past volcanoes, on winding backcountry roads that run alongside coffee bean and corn fields. Many of the schools were in places where tourists are scarce and locals speak in their native Mayan tongue. At each stop we were met with open arms and warm hearts, and treated to traditional dance and song. Smiles and hugs abounded. The best part is that the Snapshot Tour allows you to be an active participant, keeping with the message of a cooperative effort. We were asked to present a symbolic textbook at one school, or hand out pens and pencils to children hungry to learn in another. Guatemala has one of the lowest literacy rates in the Western Hemisphere and you can't help but be moved by the impact that these basic learning tools have on the children.

Every child deserves an education
Chuck dancingCan the cycle of poverty in Guatemala be broken through educating its children?  The answer is an emphatic yes. Consider this... A young girl rises each day before the sun to make tortillas and work on the family farm so she can go to school in the afternoon-her dream to become a bilingual doctor. A mother and father sacrifice by allowing their children to attend class instead of contributing a much-needed hand working for the family-so the kids can "exceed themselves." A teenage boy learns to use a computer so he can one day work as a teacher-to give back what was given to him. An education. A gift.

There is no race, no border, no poverty line and no gender on this big blue planet that renders a child undeserving of this gift. Thanks to CoEd, the children of Guatemala have a collective angel watching out for them, and it was my privilege to witness it in person. A gift for me. One that I'm grateful for.

Chuck Bryant, Josh Clark, and Jeri Rowland will be releasing two podcasts about Cooperative for Education in April. We'll send a link when their podcasts are aired.
February Tours in Numbers and Pictures
52 volunteers, 2 tours to Guatemala 
Slide Show
Computer Centers
Computer Centers
Because of your support, 4 new Computer Centers were inaugurated 734 more students are studying with computers
Textbook Inaugurations
Textbook Programs
Thanks to your help, 6,628 new textbooks were delivered to 11 more schools 1,062 more students are learning with textbooks 
CORP Inauguration
Culture of Reading Program (CORP)
Your contributions made it possible to bring the Culture of Reading Program to 6 new primary schools 705 first, second, and third grade students are engaged in learning to read through CORP
Get to Know CoEd Staff: Anna Luna
You've heard countless stories of the children and families we serve. Now, we'd like to introduce you to the people behind CoEd-our staff members in the U.S. and Guatemala. Because of your support, our professional staff is bringing educational programs that are helping Guatemalan schoolchildren break the cycle of poverty.
Anna Luna video
This month, watch a short video interview of Anna Luna, CoEd's Culture of Reading Program (CORP) teacher trainer in our Guatemala City office. In this two minute video clip, hear what inspires Anna to work towards ending illiteracy in Guatemala.
New Survey about the Down Economy
It's been a tough year, but you, our donors, stood by us even while dealing with extraordinary challenges in their own lives.  We are incredibly grateful.
With a growing number of causes seeking support, we want fundraising to reflect your changing views and expectations so that we can continue to earn your loyalty and support.  To that end, we are eager to bring to your attention a national online survey of American donors which is charting where philanthropy is headed this year.  
This survey is a partnership of 55 prominent not-for-profits and Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., a Chicago-based firm specializing in donor research. Cygnus is covering the full cost of this project and all partners will receive the results free of charge.  We are reaching out to you and other Cooperative for Education supporters in the hope that you could spare a few minutes of your time to share your views.
All questions deal with your philanthropy in general, not about your affiliation with us or any other not-for-profit that you support.  As well, this is an anonymous survey; you do not have to identify yourself in order to participate.  
Please participate in the survey here.