Visiting Aldea Rincon Chiquito


On the mountainous road between Zaragoza and Sn. Juan Comalapa, is the school that serves five mountains and the deep valleys in-between them. These children climb up to the highway in the cold, dark valleys where strawberries are grown for export. No machines here, but family groups, complete with machetes and dogs, spend their days […]

Good News from Chinjtinmit

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A new shipment of donated school supplies has arrived in this remote mountain village in the Western Highlands. Each student was given 6 pencils, 3 ink pens, a bottle of glue, a ruler, a box of map colors, a pencil sharpener, an eraser, and a brand new 100-page notebook. Instead of paying to ship heavy […]

Circle K International of Austin Community College

The school supplies drive was an initiative of Circle K International of Austin Community College to help The Pencil Project give underprivileged kids in Guatemala the chance to attend school. When this organization heard that it only takes one pencil to help a kid attend school, they didn’t hesitate and started planning a school supplies […]

Austin Community College – Community Action Symposium

Last Spring, our founder, Doug Rhodenbaugh, was invited to be a Keynote Speaker at a Community Action Symposium, hosted by Austin Community College. His presentation, “Passion to Action..Organizing Your Vision and Community” was attended by hundreds of young activists, and culminated with an hour-long question and answer session that used The Pencil Project as a model for taking a sincere wish to help…through the planning of a Mission Statement…to a focused group of volunteers in action. Douglas Rhodenbaugh ACC Community Action Symposium presentation Douglas Rhodenbaugh at the ACC Community Action Symposium ACC Students in Action Executive Director for The Pencil Project  Read More

Quilt Raffle

Quilt Raffle 2014

A  $500 Folk Art “Tour of Guatemala” Bedspread Raffle chances $20 (100 tickets only) Pictured here is the Handmade  Guatemalan Quilt being raffled this year. Each panel is cut from a Guatemalan woman’s huipile (WHIP-EEL). Each village has its own distinctive design, dating back to Pre-Colombian times. Walking through a bus station, for example, one can see and identify where each woman was born, what Mayan dialect she will speak, and what region her husband lives in. Each piece-work... 

Inscription Day!

The Winter 2013 Mission was a huge success! Your donations provided school supplies for thousands and thousands of children who otherwise might have faced child labor, or a life of illiteracy. While making the rounds with some of our Guatemalan volunteers in the back of “picops”, I thought you’d like to see one of many little little “side miracles” that happened along the way.   In addition to the rural areas that received school supplies before January’s first day of school,... 

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Escuela Mixta Aldea Rincon Chiquito, Zaragoza, Comalapa

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