A number of organizations support Brillo de Sol through scholarships, providing volunteers, assisting us with events or other forms of financial support and in-kind donations.
Scholarships & Tuition Assistance
Uno Más focuses primarily on supporting children in the form of scholarships. The foundation also is involved in improving schools by providing support for adequate teachers, teaching materials, and all that is needed to achieve a quality education. In addition to matching sponsors with the children from poor families, Uno Más also providesindividual scholarships to young people who want to further their education after primary school. They seek motivated individuals from poor families who want to develop themselves based on their own strengths and self-esteem into healthy, educated professionals who can break the cycle of poverty and chart their own future.
Through the generosity of sponsors in the Netherlands and elsewhere, Uno Más provides tuition assistance to some of our students at Brillo de Sol. They also provide additional direct assistance to help Brillo de Sol to improve the quality of our educational program. More information on their work at Brillo de Sol can be found here.
Educational Support and Volunteers
Ministerios Buena Vista
Through the generosity of Ministerios Buena Vista the children of Brillo de Sol start their day with a nutritious breakfast. Pastor Danny Lopez and his ministry supply the food and the mothers and staff take turns cooking and serving breakfast to the children. Afterward, it’s all hands on deck for cleanup before starting class.
Proyecto de Carpintería Alotenango
Here, some of our students learn carpentry skills allowing them to make furniture, home décor and other woodworking objects. In addition to introducing our students to opportunities that could lead to a future trade, they learn valuable skills to supplement their education such as geometry, mathematical precision, and artistry.
ONGVoluntariado arranges for volunteers to participate in overseas volunteer opportunities at participating NGOs in Latin American countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru and Costa Rica. ONGVoluntariado cooperates with a diverse group of NGOs that offer flexibility in arranging dates and different volunteer roles at various projects. Check out their website if you want to know more about volunteering and international NGOs.
Cooperatour is a non-profit organization (NGO) that believes in the ability of people to transform the world. They place volunteers with projects in Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tanzania and Vietnam. Information about these opportunities can be found on their website.
CasaSito Association Guatemala
CasaSito increases educational opportunities in rural areas so that those living in poverty can attend school, receive quality instruction, and obtain the skills they need to improve their lives. In addition to providing educational assistance and support, they also place volunteers in their various partner programs.
Professors and students from the Education, Psychology and Speech Therapy departments of the Universidad Rafael Landívar Guatemala, Southern Connecticut State University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Redlands, Western Washington University, Sacred Heart University, and Luzac College-Lyceum visit Brillo de Sol once or twice a year to assist with student evaluations and the preparation of diagnosis and treatment plans. They also provide training to our teachers on various topics and teaching methodologies.
Other Partners and Supporters:
Local Spanish language schools providing volunteers
Donates time maintaining our computers and developing learning programs for the children.