Chime In is proud to join forces with Celerity Global Development and Orion International Academy to eradicate poverty.
Our 2015 Service Project will take place in Guatemala:
167 million Latin American people live in exclusion.
66 million Latin American people live in extreme poverty.
In Manuel Colom Argueta, a slum outside Guatemala City there are approximately 230 homeless families.
In an effort to eradicate extreme poverty, this December students from Orion International Academy will embark on a fundraising (and awareness raising) mission and build houses that will have a lasting impact on the lives of Guatemalan families in need.
This experience will not only provide meaningful and lasting impact on the families they serve, but Orion students will gain the exponential personal (and professional) benefits that come from sustainable giving. For example, students will later discover the competitive edge this service work will give them when they apply to colleges and jobs.
Orion students will partner with TECHO, a youth led non-profit organization in Latin America and the Caribbean that seeks to overcome poverty in slums, through the joint effort between the residents living in slums and youth volunteers. Orion students will also work with CHIME IN (The Change Is Me International), an extension of the Dream Project -an organization of Youth Ambassadors, ranging in age from 16-25, representing Kenya, Dubai, Mongolia, Jordan, Honduras, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Nepal, Nigeria, and Guatemala. Over the course of this project Orion students will develop friendships with international students and leaders, thus developing their sense of international relations, broadening their mind, and giving them a once-in-a-lifetime education in what it means to be a global citizen.
Guatemala is the ideal country for our service project for the following reasons:
• TECHO has already established best practices in terms of working with volunteers and has successfully worked with more than 720,000 volunteers, and has constructed houses for over 102,400 families in 19 countries in Latin American and the Caribbean.
•CHIME IN works directly with Antonio de la Roca, the Social Director for TECHO.
• CHIME IN and Celerity Global Development work closely with Ambassador Mildred Espinoza, as a board member and trusted advisor. Her experience and passion will provide guidance for successful travel to Guatemala as well as a tour to experience a well-rounded Guatemalan excursion. She will also serve as a role model to the youth in our program.
• Guatemala has established best practices in terms of hosting volunteers and missionaries. As this is our inaugural trip, observing these practices will provide an excellent learning opportunity for both the youth and leaders of our organization.
• Guatemala’s rich culture will provide the perfect backdrop to help us learn about peacekeeping from the mystical Mayan perspective.
Specifics about our Guatemala Service Trip/Agenda (first draft)
• Our group includes 35-50 volunteers flying in from Kenya, Pakistan, Dubai, Mongolia, Honduras, England, and Australia—meeting first in the US then flying in from Boston, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
• We are raising the funds for building materials for 5-10 houses ($2,700 each)
• December 13th arrival in Guatemala City
• We will be shuttled (by Barcelo Hotel?) from the airport to the Hotel Barcelo Hotel in Guatemala City
• Dec. 13-14th our group will stay (double occupancy) at the Barcelo Hotel, Guatemala 7ª Av 15-45 Zona 9 ( Zone 9) (About 10 minutes from Airport)
• Dec. 13th we will have a group dinner/meeting/team building opportunity
• Dec. 14th we will:
> (8am?) Gather for a morning meeting (is there a meeting room?)
> (10am?) take a bus to tour Antigua—we will need a Tour Guide and Transportation for the entire day.
> Lunch and a Cultural Event (Mayan dancers, Mayan Elder meeting, etc…)
> Possible interview on site and end day for coffee at Paseo Cayala Zona 16th in Guatemala
• Dec. 14th evening, group dinner/workshop/team building/prep for a week with TECHO
• Dec 15th (8am?) transportation to TECHO headquarters in Zone 15 approximately 20 minutes from Hotel.
• Dec 15th-20th work with TECHO building 5-10 homes in the “Manuel Colom Argueta Community” (staying at a school)
• December 21st depart TECHO provides a shuttle to transport us to the Guatemala City Airport
Work proposal for December 2015
TECHO is a youth led non profit organization present in Latin America and the Caribbean that seeks to overcome extreme poverty in slums through the joint effort between the residents living in slums and youth volunteers.
21 Countries – 62 Offices in 2 Continents
Engaging One Person at a Time
Without the force of many, there is no movement strong enough to move forward. We are committed to inviting each member of the Change Is Me International team to learn about TECHO’s work and actively engage the mission with a donation and make an incredible change in the lives of the families and the community of Manuel Colom Argueta.
Change Is Me International -TECHO annual giving day
TECHO would create an internal campaign that will include a strong message that is informative, emotionally impactful, and has a clear call to action.
The campaign has developing stages that include an expectation period, an informative phase, and it culminates with the solution and call to action.
The campaign has a strong digital component where most of the material would be distributed via email. In addition to digital, physical literature would be incorporated such as flyers, letters, and posters.