Kicking Off the New Year!

Starting 2017 with Celebrations!

The year has gotten off to a great start for all of us as we are supporting 141 scholars and 49 communities! To kick-off the new year, we hosted celebrations for our scholars in Sacatepéquez, Alta Verapaz, and Quiché.

The kick-offs were full of laughter, excitement, and anticipation as our families, staff, and donors came together. We shared special performances by our scholars to show parents and donors the value of our extracurricular activities. With these activities, we aim to give our scholars the practical and personal skills needed to succeed in their lives. One of these included the theater club performing their play, “El que te quiere te aporrea” (The one who loves you, hurts you) and it was a hit! It was a great opportunity for the theater club to show their reality as Guatemalan youth, while demonstrating their acting skills!

One of the goals of these kick-offs is for our scholars, parents, and donors to interact with one another. Thus, we incorporated fun, engaging team-building activities with obstacle courses. It was an opportunity for all to learn the importance of working together to achieve a shared goal.

In Cobán, a Maya ceremony was performed with everyone coming together to give thanks for the new year. This contributed to a feeling of hope among participants. After each celebration, scholars, parents, staff, and friends left knowing that together we can achieve our goals and dreams for 2017.

We would like to extend a warm thank you to supporters like you, who help us improve and deepen our impact every year. We would not have these successes without you, thank you!

Meet Our Newest Staff

José Luis Cacao
Youth Development Rural Program Advisor

José Luis is from San Juan Chamelco, Alta Verapaz and is of Q’eqchi’ maya descent.  He has a degree in Urban Primary Education and is currently completing his degree in Clinical Psychology at Mariano Gálvez University of Guatemala. José Luis has extensive experience coordinating educational projects and workshops focusing on sexual and reproductive health, leadership, and teamwork. We welcomed José Luis to the CasaSito family in October 2016. His responsibilities include supporting the development of our scholar’s leadership abilities and organizing workshops for scholars and parents.

Marissa Loterina Communications & Development Coordinator

Marissa is a Los Angeles, California native. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and Sociology from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Denver. Always passionate about helping others and valuing the importance of an education, she wants to spend her life promoting equal access to quality education for youth. Marissa joined the CasaSito family in January and is responsible for managing communication and social media outlets, maintaining donor and partner relationships, overseeing fundraising efforts, grant writing, and program development and support.

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