Here in San Marcos La Laguna, education ends at the 9th grade. Locals then have few opportunities to continue their education. Most will not even finish secondary school. They begin work as children. Opportunities for most locals center around building, gardening, housekeeping and cooks in restaurants. There is a desire for more. There is a desire for education.

To respond to this need, Familia Utz Corazon will now shift its focus from food and housing to education. Our friends Wellkind and CentroComunitario Chitzununchoy Tzununá (Chi Tz Unun Choy) are working with CECAP Santa Cruz La Laguna and Amigos de Santa Cruz Foundation to provide education and training to locals in Tzununa. Here they provide real skillsets that empower locals to be their own entrepreneur.

Familia Utz Corazón and One World Cacao along with these organizations are so honored to announce our partnership to provide a paid scholarship program to locals of San Marcos La Laguna. Locals will have a range of courses to choose from such as to carpentry, electrical, cosmetology and sewing. Each course has 3 stages from beginners to intermediate to advanced. The entire program will be for one year. At the end of the program, locals will receive a certification from CECAP and a further opportunity for a paid internship. Locals are chosen through a video application. We ask they send us a 1 to 2 minute video introducing themselves and how this scholarship will benefit their future. In addition, each scholar is required to volunteer once a month in a community project.

At the end of the program, scholars will work together with other volunteers to help families in need (small building/renovation project). For just $200, we can provide a year of education and training to a local. This covers not only the entire yearly course but also transportation.

Please donate now so we may continue our efforts to provide for locals in San Marcos La Laguna… with the most important gift… Education.

Dead dog in front of my door
Published 9 Hours ago by Alex G |

Could you imagine the frustration that comes with walking out off your front door and finding a dead dog, when the rest of the week you hustle to protect them? 

Well that happened to me and other people several years ago, when the local municipality killed hundreds of them, and pile them up in the main street, becoming the first dog holocaust of Lake Atitlan. I hope this time, history does not repeat again.

Vamos a limpiar lo que nadie quiere limpiar
Published 56 Days ago by Alex G |

Con la ayuda de esta maquina, pondremos a prueba la limpieza de la calle principal de San Marcos La Laguna. 

Collars Needed
Published 56 Days ago by Alex G |

The dogs are getting fed but now they need to be identified, because of control reassons. For that matter, collars will be needed in order to know which dogs are being fed on a daily basis and eventually take them to a more competente veterinarian for further evaluations. 

The food and supplies of the first Dognation Campaign
Published 58 Days ago by Alex G |

We are happy to announce the successful Dognation that is now feeding 10 dogs on a regular basis. This is just the start...

Cachorro apadrinado
Published 65 Days ago by Alex G |

A través de nuestro programa de apadrinamiento, promoveremos el correcto cuidado y protección de los perros en el municipio de San Marcos la laguna. Esto con la intención de no albergar a los perros, sino más bien de concientizar a la población y encontrar una solución a la problemática desde la población.

More Puppies
Published 67 Days ago by Alex G |

There seems to be no stop to this problem, on a daily basis new puppies are found.

Very Very New born Puppies
Published 72 Days ago by Brenchell |

They are very very new born and I dont know if it would be wise to move them, but the place is very nasty. If someone has any advice of what is best to do please let me know. I am hoping the momy is looking for food and wondering if it would be a good idea to leave some dog food there for her and check on them later. They are by the pipes going to the lake next to the nature reserve in San Marcos.

Thank you, Whith your help they can find a house and food.



Los cachorros ya tienen casa
Published 73 Days ago by Alex G |

Gracias a tu apoyo, los cachorros ahora se encuentran bajo la protección de un techo, el cual estará protegiéndoles durante la temporada de lluvia.

Fundraising fun
Published 74 Days ago by Christopher B |
Asegúrate de que estos cachorros sobrevivan 🐕🦮🐶🐶🐶
Published 81 Days ago by Alex G |

Bartolo, el guardián del castillo, rescató tres cachorros de morir; nacieron bajo la lluvia y en la calle, frente a la propiedad de la cual él es jardinero. Buscaron refugio y lo encontraron en su jardín. 

Momentáneamente viven en una caja de cartón, la que les sirve para mantenerse juntos y preservar el calor que necesitarán durante la noche. Pero la caja está húmeda y ya no aguanta más, por lo que la prioridad está en conseguirles un techo adecuado. Afortunadamente, la madre y el padre de los cachorros también están, y son ellos los que necesitan alimentarse diariamente.

Con tu aporte, los cachorros recibirán una casa apropiada para ellos, la madre y el padre recibirán comida diaria. 

Bartolo no se puede hacer cargo de los costos, tiene sus propios cachorros que alimentar.

Published 81 Days ago by Alex G |
2021 Pricing is here!
Published 230 Days ago by Christopher B |
Very hot! 100C  212F!
  1. Water stays hot during
  2. the night and on cloudy days
  3. Consistent heat
  4. 5 year warranty
  5. 25 year life
  6. Supports pumped or
  7. gravity feed water
  8. sources
Shoe and Food Distribution
Published 405 Days ago by Alejandro T |
Today is a great day to be of service to others! As part of our efforts to give back to those most in need in San Marcos La Laguna, 30 families were preselected to receive a care package to include: 🔸️beans 10lbs 🔸️corn 50 lbs 🔸️sugar 5lbs 👟👟👟In addition, as part of our shoe program in collaboration with Joyce Maynard hundreds of shoes were donated. Thank you also to Fungi Academy for your shoe donation. There is something special to see the gratitude of children as they receive a new pair of shoes. One would imagine there would be some chaos but each child was happy with their choices and equally happy to share these treasures with the other children. 🙏Thank you to all our donors who continue to contribute so that we may continue our efforts to provide for those most in need🙏 You are much appreciated. ¡Hoy es un gran día para servir a los demás🙌 Como parte de nuestros esfuerzos para retribuir a los más necesitados en San Marcos La Laguna, 30 familias fueron preseleccionadas para recibir un paquete de atención que incluye: 🔸️frijoles 10 libras 🔸️maíz 50 lbs 🔸️azúcar 5 libras 👟👟👟Además, como parte de nuestro programa de calzado en colaboración con Joyce Maynard, se donaron cientos de zapatos. Gracias también a Fungi Academy por su donación de zapatos. Hay algo especial en ver la gratitud de los niños al recibir un nuevo par de zapatos. Uno podría imaginar que habría algo de caos, pero cada niño estaba feliz con sus elecciones e igualmente feliz de compartir estos tesoros con los otros niños. 🙏Gracias a todos nuestros donantes que pueden seguir contribuyendo para que podamos continuar nuestros esfuerzos para ayudar a los más necesitados🙏 Eres muy apreciado. Gracias a @sancoy enio por las fotografias.
Today was a beautiful collaboration of locals, residents and friends organizing care packages.
Published 843 Days ago by Franz J |
Today was a beautiful collaboration of locals, residents and friends organizing care packages for those most in need in our community. Along with rice, beans, salt and sugar from your donations through our gofundme volunteers sorted, weighed and bagged cabbage, carrots, onions, cucumbers, pineapples, oranges, limes and raisins compliments of Konojel Community Center to be distributed to each family in need. Tomorrow arrives, Shangri-la Atitlan coffee and locals herbs from Fincas Buenas. Thank you to all the amazing volunteers today for your support. Please continue to send your donations to our gofundme, so that we can continue providing for those in need in our community.… Hola a todos, Hoy fue una hermosa colaboración de lugareños, residentes y amigos organizando paquetes de atención para los más necesitados en nuestra comunidad. Junto con el arroz, los frijoles, la sal y el azúcar de sus donaciones a través de nuestros voluntarios de gofundme, se clasificaron, pesaron y embolsaron col, pepinos, cebollas, calabacines, piñas, naranjas, limas y pasas, elogios del Centro Comunitario Konojel para ser distribuidos a cada familia que lo necesite. Mañana llega, café Shangri-la Atitlán y hierbas locales de Fincas Buenas. Gracias a todos los increíbles voluntarios de hoy por su apoyo. Continúe enviando sus donaciones a nuestro gofundme, para que podamos continuar brindando servicios a los necesitados de nuestra comunidad.…
Excited to have our first delivery of goods to San Marcos La Laguna: 15000lbs of rice, beans, sugar and salt.
Published 843 Days ago by Franz J |
Then on Tuesday morning another 10000lbs of fruits and vegetable will arrive from Konojel Community Center along with café from Shangri-la Atitlan, herbs from Fincas Buenas and eggs from San Marcos Foundation. Volunteers will sort into care packages to be distributed next week to the most vulnerable families in San Marcos. Thank you to the volunteers who helped unload and organize goods this afternoon. Kindly continue to donate to our gofundme so that we can continue to provide food to local families in need. Wishing everyone a blessed weekend. Please see link to our gofundme below… Emocionado de tener nuestra primera entrega de productos a San Marcos La Laguna: 15000 libras de arroz, frijoles, azúcar y sal. Luego, el martes por la mañana, llegarán otras 10000 libras de frutas y verduras del Centro Comunitario de Konojel junto con un café de Shangri-la Atitlán, hierbas de Fincas Buenas y huevos de la Fundación San Marcos. Los voluntarios clasificarán en paquetes de atención que se distribuirán la próxima semana a las familias más vulnerables en San Marcos. Gracias a los voluntarios que ayudaron a descargar y organizar los productos esta tarde. Por favor, continúe donando a nuestro gofundme para que podamos continuar proporcionando alimentos a las familias locales en need. Deseando a todos un fin de semana bendecido. Por favor vea el enlace a nuestro gofundme a continuación


Our Goal Is: $50000 by 12/31/21!
We have raised: $28,827.45 USD
Spent: $0
Remaining: $28827.45


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