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Introduction to our Programs

 
We support civil society, NGOS, and community and locally-based organizations that are committed to social justice, equality, and sustainable development in Guatemala, through six principal axes of work:
 
1 Programa de Capacitación Diplomados
 
Our Capacity Building Program through Certification Courses began in 2006 with the objective of offering educational cycles (through workshops, courses, and certification programs) on a wide variety of general and specific subjects, so that local Guatemalan organizations can strengthen their abilities and skills in the development of effective systems and processes that fortify both their own institutions, as well as civil society and the communities in which they operate.
 
 
 
 
2 Programa de Capacitació Cursos Informáticos
 
The Capacity Building Program through Information Technology Courses has been running since 2009 and aims to empower people who work for development and human rights institutions, so that they can take advantage of the enormous range of opportunities that information technology offers to social organizations. The objective is the appropriate application of computer abilities and knowledge in the daily routine of the institutions where the participants work, allowing people to improve their person performance and at the same time strengthen their organization.
 
 
 
5 Programa de Voluntarios
 
Since 2001 we have implemented an important and successful Volunteer Program, which connects the expressed needs of local organizations with the skills, competencies, and interests of national and international volunteers. The idea is to facilitate connections between local organizations that have concrete needs and volunteers who have specific abilities, a collaboration that allows both parties to grow and develop personally and professionally.
 
 

 

6 Programa de Subvenciones para Pequeños Proyectos

 
 
 
In 2013 we created the Small Grants Program, an initiative that offers economic support to local organizations that work in field of social development and human rights promotion in Guatemala and that otherwise would not receive any type of support for their projects.
 
 
 
 
3 Programa de Turismo Comunitario
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Community Tourism Program, through which we have worked since 2010 with a series of cooperatives and local organizations, to help them strengthen and improve their sustainable community tourism projects. This methodology offers an alternate source of income to rural communities that depend solely on agriculture, preserving their natural resources while allowing tourists to appreciate their natural environment, culture, ancestral knowledge, and lifestyle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
 
4 Revista ENTREMUNDOS
 
 
 
  
 
 
Finally, since 2001, we have edited and published the spanish/english Magazine "EntreMundos" to raise awareness about topics related to development and human rights. It circulates 2,000 copies, is distributed on a national level, and is an instrument through which we provide a platform to inform local organizations and for local organizations to share experiences, learning, visions, methodologies, and axes of work (revista.entremundos.org).
 

The Organization

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¿What is EntreMundos?

EntreMundos is a Guatemalan nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 to support organizations and groups that are committed to the fight against poverty and the defense and promotion of human rights for the country’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Born in Quetzaltenango (capital of the eponymous department), EntreMundos offers a range of services to strengthen the abilities and competencies of community organizations, promote networking, cooperation, and synergy between them, and raise awareness about their work and the difficulties that they face every day.

We promote and stimulate citizen participation by Guatemalan civil society so that the population, local agents, and grassroots organizations can acquire the knowledge they need to effectively advance the social, civil, cultural, economic, and political progress of their people; and so that they actively participate in direction and decision-making to improve their conditions of living.

EntreMundos firmly believes that it is possible to achieve positive change in Guatemala – principally in the most disadvantaged and vulnerable areas – through programs with a “bottom-up” focus on rural development, based on the needs, expectations, ideas, and initiatives of local populations, so that the communities themselves can fight to defend their civil, social, cultural, political, and economic rights and have a positive impact both at a local level (rural development) and at a national level (political advocacy).

Mission

We aim to encourage and strengthen the abilities and competencies of local Guatemalan development organizations – respecting their values, ethics, principles, policies, strategies, and work methodologies – with the objective of transforming them into multiplying agents and key actors for the sustainable development of their areas of operation. We support civil society and community and locally-based organizations through five principal axes of work:

  1. the Capacity Building Program (through certification programs on different subjects and courses in information technology);

  2. the Best Practices in Community Tourism Program;

  3. the Small Grants Program;

  4. the national and international Volunteer Service;

  5. and our bimonthly and bilingual Magazine (in Spanish and English).

Vision

  • To work toward the construction of a Guatemalan community development sector that is well organized and connected, highly qualified, and supplied with local resources, that is capable of offering successful and effective projects, as well as programs that can respond effectively to the problems of poverty, social exclusion, discrimination, and injustice that devastate the country.

  • To empower our beneficiaries on topics and sectors that concretely contribute to the sustainable and equitable development in Guatemala, transforming them into multiplying agents and key actors who are capable of representing the interests of their communities and raising their voices for a more effective protection of their rights.

Staff and structure

 
 
The General Assembly is the institution’s highest authority and is made up of active associates.

It meets once a year and additionally when the Board of Directors considers it appropriate, and it is principally responsible for reviewing and approving reports on completed activities, the accounting and financial situation of the organization, strategic plans, work, and budgets; as well as for making necessary and appropriate decisions for the appropriate development of EntreMundos activities, the resolution of problems, and the operation of the Board of Directors.

 

 

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The Board of Directors meets quarterly and among its principal tasks are to discuss and establish the general policies and strategies of EntreMundos; oversee the integration of the different members; approve operating, timetable, and budget plans; ensure that administrative and financial duties are carried out appropriately; monitor and evaluate progress, appropriate implementation, and achievement of goals and results of initiatives.
 

The Board of Directors 2016-2018 is as follows:

  • President and Legal Representative: Glenda Gabriela López Ximin

Vice President: Pilar Cajas Argueta

Treasurer: Thomas Anthony Lingenfelter

Secretary: Emmanuel Yac

Spokesperson: Manuel Rodolfo Sánchez Díaz
 
 
 
9 Equipo Técnico
The Technical Team is comprised of the General Director, the Coordinator and the Assistant of the Capacity Building, Computer Skills and Small Grants Programs, the Coordinators of the Volunteer and Community Tourism Programs, the Magazine Editor, the Editor of the On-line Magazine, and the Financial Administrator. It is required to meet once a week and during said meetings, the staff discuss the activities they have developed, their difficulties and the results they have achieved, the methods of intervention that they have used, the operating plans for the following weeks, the technical and logistical coordination of their actions, the execution of their activities in order to achieve an effective integration of the different pieces, and the schedule for the use of the organization’s transportation and technical equipment. The Technical Team maintains direct contact with the community organizations that are EntreMundos’ partners, systematizes their problems/needs and offers a tangible contribution to the design of solutions.
 

The members of the Technical Team (updated in January 2016) are the following:

10 Fabio Carbone

FABIO CARBONE - Director

Fabio has a specialization in “Local Management and Development” from the Unión Iberoamericana de Municipalistas of Granada (Spain) and has more than 12 years of experience in International Cooperation: he worked with CARITAS in Ecuador in 2004/2005, as a representative of the Italian NGO CISV in West Africa from 2006 to 2008, and in Guatemala from 2008 to 2013, where he coordinated various projects financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Piemonte Region of Italy, and the Episcopal Conference.

Fabio is an expert in the study, elaboration, execution, logistics, monitoring, and evaluation of Development Projects, with an emphasis on Decentralized Cooperation and Rural Development/Community Strengthening. He began working with EntreMundos in January of 2014 as the Coordinator of the Capacity Building, Computer Skills, and Small Grants Programs, and took the position of Director a year later in January 2015. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 11 Simona Rovelli

SIMONA ROVELLI - Capacity Building, Computer Skills and Small Grants Programs Coordinator

Simona has a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Turín, Italy (2002), a specialization in micro-finances from Boulder Institute of Microfinance, USA (2005), and postgraduate studies in Sustainable Development from the SOAS University of London, G.B. (2012).

She worked in Ecuador with a micro-finance institution and later in Burkina Faso (West Africa) as the Coordinator of Rural Development projects and micro-finance for the Italian NGO CISV, until 2008.

She subsequently moved to Quetzaltenango, where she worked as a consultant for local NGOs and since 2011 as a professor in the Political Science and International Relations department of Rafael Landívar University. In January 2015 she joined the EntreMundos team as the Coordinator of its Community Strengthening initiatives. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 
12 Yessica Pastor

 

YESSICA PASTOR - Capacity Building, Computer Skills and Small Grants Programs Assistant

Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in Local Environmental Management, from San Carlos University of Guatemala and has completed Regional Development studies at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

She has experience working in the tourism sector in the areas of Tikal and Flores in Petén and worked as a Spanish teacher for several years in different schools in Quetzaltenango. She has worked as the assistant to the EntreMundos Capacity Building and Small Grants Programs since 2012.

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13 Patricia Rabanales

 

PATRICIA RABINALES - Community Tourism Program Coordinator

Patricia graduated from the Rafael Landívar University of Quetzaltenango in 2010 with a degree in Business Management, with a specialization in tourism. She has overseen studies in areas such as local economic development, management strategies for Municipal Tourism, and the creation of tourism projects.

She worked with the management and development program of the Municipal Women’s Office of Quetzaltenango and has offered capacity building services on topics such as local economic development, community tourism, gender, environment, and youth.

She joined EntreMundos as a workshop facilitator in 2012 and became a permanent member of the team in 2013. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

14 Patricia Schwartz

 

PATRICIA SCHWARTZ - Volunteer Program Coordinator 

Patricia holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona.

She has worked with a number of different non-profit organizations, including in program development and management for an organization that supports recently homeless families in recovery from substance abuse and mental health barriers. She also has experience facilitating educational workshops with themes such as mental and sexual health, empowerment, and job training, as well as coordination of volunteer programs, events and grant writing.

Patricia joined EntreMundos in August 2015. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 
 
15 Francisco Cojulun
 

FRANCISCO COJULUN - Guide for Volunteer Groups

Francisco was born and raised in Quetzaltenango. He joined EntreMundos in March, 2013 as the Coordinator and Guide for the community service program of the University of Alberta, Canada.

Since then he has worked with the James Madison, Bridgewater, and Drexel Universities (USA) and the Universities of Alberta and Ottawa (Canada) on a large number of projects that range from reforestation and school projects to the improvement of infrastructure and the management of cultural activities.

He also works at a local Spanish school, where he coordinates online classes and many of the extracurricular activities that take place across the western highlands of Guatemala.

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16 Valeria Ayerdi
 

VALERIA AYERDI - Magazine Editor

Valeria has been the editor for the EntreMundos magazine since June of 2008. As a local journalist, she has worked and collaborated with various newspapers and magazines in Guatemala over the past 10 years, including: the newspapers El Quetzalteco, La Hora, and Universidad, the editorial paper ServiPrensa, and the magazines Este País and Magna Terra magazine.

She combines her EntreMundos position with a weekly column in La Noticia and the Al Dente restaurant guide, which she founded. Her work is characterized by the need for and interest in the construction of a more democratic, inclusive, self-critical, and balanced Guatemala.

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17 Richard Brown

 

RICHARD BROWN - On-line Magazine Editor

Richard has worked with EntreMundos since October, 2013.

He gathers stories and articles from grassroots groups, academic experts, and public figures to cover issues like climate change, food security, and labor relations in Guatemala and internationally.

He recruits and supports Guatemalan and foreign writers to publish original journalism and promote intercultural dialogue and equitable and sustainable development.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Columbia University in New York.

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18 Patricia Macías

 

PATRICIA MACÍAS - Editor and Journalist

Patricia began working with the EntreMundos Magazine in October, 2013.

She has a degree in Journalism from Universidad Complutense in Madrid and has worked in international cooperation and communication in Spain, England, and Guatemala.

With the EntreMundos Magazine, Patricia writes, translates, edits photography and video and manages social media.

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19 Pilar Cajas
 
 

PILAR CAJAS - Accounting Administrator

Pilar has a bachelor’s degree of Sciences and Letters with a specialization in Health and a Diploma of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, and has worked as a teacher for five years at the El Quetzal Spanish School.

She has worked in various roles with children as a volunteer and has experience in the Quetzaltenango’s tourism sector. She currently studies Business Administration in the San Carlos University, Guatemala.

Pilar has been part of the EntreMundos General Assembly and its Board of Directors, as well as a valued member of the institutional team, since 2014.

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