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  • Creating Resilient Families through Education

    17/02/2017 | Category: Creamos
    • Creating Resilient Families through Education
    •     The Guatemalan anthem reverberates through the school’s vibrantly decorated hallways, as the students begin to parade in.  There are learners of all ages, dressed in their graduation togas, walking with their heads held high.  Bringing up the rear, Juana carries the Guatemalan flag to the stage. As the valedictorian, she was given the honor of carrying the flag to the ceremony stage. The moment is moving and emotional especially when you think of how much Juana’s life has changed in the past 5 years. Juana worked for 16 years sorting and ...
  • Saving for a Salon

    04/11/2016 | Category: Creamos
    • Saving for a Salon
    •   Vilma is an inspiring mother of two boys and has been a member of Creamos since 2011. She graduated from middle school last year, and like many graduates, was debating what her next steps would be. In January 2016, Vilma took a decision very few women in the Garbage Dump Community take – she decided to follow her dreams and become a beautician. She began to investigate, and without any assistance, she found a course to receive her Cosmetology Certification and immediately enrolled.    Vilma was aware that there would be costs that came along the course, bu...
  • A Different Kind of Courage

    25/10/2016 | Category: Creamos
    • A Different Kind of Courage
    • Do you ever feel humbled by the courage you encounter in someone? I met Petro my first day in Guatemala as she stood with her white stick folded up and tucked into a pink knit bag. She was asking about the aerobics class we have daily, in our crumbling cement block building. Little by little I began learning about her life, piecing together the garbled Spanish mixed with her native language, Tz’utujil. Growing up her parents could not afford to have her in school, and consequentially her writing, reading, and Spanish speaking abilities are limited. After spending years working in coff...
  • An Exercise Revolution

    14/10/2016 | Category: Creamos
    • An Exercise Revolution
    • Beads of sweat are flying everywhere. Women are struggling to hold a wall sit in perfect form, their legs at 90 degrees and as they fight through the final 30 seconds. They begin to do biceps curls to mask the pain in their legs, while scrunching their face and closing their eyes. I cannot help but grin at all that has been accomplished. Bodies are respected, confidence overflows, and friendship is abounding. Laughter bounces off the walls and chatter about new health recipes and tips fill the room after class. This has turned into something very few women can accomplish in the world. They ...
  • Announcing our Spring 2016 Newsletter

    01/08/2016 | Category: Creamos
    • Announcing our Spring 2016 Newsletter
    • We love to share the latest news with all the people who are involved in our programs or support us in some way at Creamos. Please pass along our Newsletter to your friends and family
  • Launching our new Creamos Cares Bag

    01/08/2016 | Category: Creamos
    • Launching our new Creamos Cares Bag
    • We have just launched our new initiative, the Creamos Cares bag It’s the perfect way for you to support our artisans and programs in the Guatemala Garbage Dump Community from afar. We’ll send you a handmade bag made from recycled plastic, filled with Creamos goodies worth between $50 – $100, for you to sell on our behalf.
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