NINOS DEL LAGO

Inspiring the dreams of Guatemala's Children

Pasadena, CA   |  www.ninosdellago.org

Mission

Our Mission is to provide opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged Guatemalan children to fulfil their potential, become positive agents of social change, and empathetic future leaders.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Claudia Rincón

Main address

2335-115 E. Colorado Blvd. #338

Pasadena, CA 91107 USA

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EIN

20-0834503

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stay in School Program

“The education children receive can help them fully develop their personalities, talents, and abilities; enable them to understand their rights, respect the rights and culture of others, and the differences between others and themselves; at the same time, help them learn to live in harmony with others and help them learn to love and integrate into nature and protect the environment”.

Edwin Caceres, a local teacher, explains: “In rural communities every member of the family seen as an economic contributor”. He is now seeing more and more school-aged children having to work in the fields to help their families.

Niños del Lago realized the need to encourage Guatemalan children (and their parents as well) to stay in school and graduate, reaching the need academic skills, because sadly too often children are below of their grade level at the end of each year, so end up with them having to repeat the grade… or dropping out!

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of Central American descent
Economically disadvantaged people

“Children are entitled to the best health care, clean drinking water, healthy food, and to live in a safe and hygienic environment. All adults and children should understand the basic knowledge to ensure their own safety and health.”

In rural areas from Guatemala is where the lack of pediatricians is evident, many children are cared for by general practitioners, but the specialty is not covered, said Verónica Gómez, president of the Guatemalan Pediatric Association.

According to a report from the Observatory for the Rights of the Child (Ciprodeni), within the Guatemalan Public Health System there are only 2.9 pediatricians for every 100,000 children.

For all the above reasons, giving children the opportunity to be cared for by specialized doctors is an imperative for their dignity and the fulfillment of their rights.

This program is implemented derived from the challenges faced by thousands of students in this new 2021 school year, who do not have access to this service.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of Central American descent
Economically disadvantaged people

“Every child had the right to rest, relax, play, and participate in cultural and creative activities.”

Journey to the Forest invite vulnerable and disadvantaged children for a week, to be part of an expansive, inspiring, and mentoring experience in our unique forest camp located in San Andrés Semetabaj, where each activity was designed to educate, encourage, stimulate and empower while providing an environment safe for children to develop a sense of self-esteem, self-determination, strength, and the resilience to overcome difficult personal circumstances, that are sometimes challenging.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of Latin American descent
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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OUR GOALS
In order to achieve our Mission and Vision, we offer specially designed Programs that complement and work alongside formal education. We believe we are the only NGO in Guatemala working in this field offering children an educational, motivational, and empowering experience using our unique forest camp facilities.

Through our programs, we hope to encourage children to realize that they can achieve their goals and dreams and be the best person they can be, through fun, creative, and culturally sensitive activities using NdL’s amazing camp facilities and natural environment to their full potential.

Our staff of skilled Teachers, Mentors, and Co-Mentors will accompany the children during their visit to Niños del Lago.


OUR VALUES
We are aware of our commitment and responsibility to accomplish our vision, mission, and goals; therefore, we stand for values that provide guidance for our team, the public who support our work, and the children we benefit.

Honesty
Respect
Integrity
Commitment
Solidarity
Responsibility
Transparency
Empathy

“There is no cause that deserves a higher priority than the protection and development of the child, on whom depend on the survival, tability, and progress of all nations and, in fact, of human civilization.”
World Declaration and Plan of Action from the World Summit for Children, UNICEF

WHO ARE WE?
Niños del Lago (NdL) is a Guatemalan non-profit organization that works with vulnerable and disadvantaged children. We provide an educational forest camp experience to children giving them the opportunity to participate in educational, cultural, creative, and motivational experiences aimed to help them fulfil their potential, dare to dream, and become empathetic future leaders and positive role-models to others.

Niños del Lago is a registered Asociación Civil no-lucrativa in Guatemala, a US-registered 501©(3) NGO (non-governmental organization), and a registered ANBI (Algemeen nut beogendeinstelling / Public benefit organization) in the Netherlands. Niños del Lago’s educational and recreational forest camp is situated in a beautiful cloud forest just outside the village of San Andres Semetabaj and about a 15-min drive from the popular tourist town of Panajachel on the shores of Guatemala’s famous Lake Atitlan. It is here in Pana (Panajachel) that the NdL office is located.

WHY NIÑOS DEL LAGO?
NdL strongly believes in the Rights of all Children. We are inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and their Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was created back in 1990, but is still the leading document regarding protecting children rights today. NdL will mainly focus on the following articles from this document – Nos. 24, 28-31, but also strongly believes in all 54 articles. (A child is any person under the age of 18 – Article 1.)

Article 24: “Children have the right to the best health care, clean water to drink, healthy food, and to live in a safe and hygienic environment. All adults and children should have information about how to stay safe and healthy.”

Article 28: “Every child has the right to an education [and] should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level possible.”

Article 29: “Children’s education should help them fully develop their personalities, talents, and abilities. It should enable them to understand their own rights, and to respect other people’s rights, cultures, and differences. It should help them to live peacefully and protect the environment.”

Article 30: “Children have the right to use their own language, culture, and religion.”

Article 31: “Every child has the right to rest, relax, play, and take part in cultural and creative activities.”

In 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals evolved from the United Nations’ Millennium Goals “to end poverty, reduce inequality, and build more peaceful, prosperous societies by 2030”. We advocate:

Goal #4: Quality Education to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We work directly with disadvantaged Guatemalan children to fulfil their potential.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Journey to the Forest Program, thanks to the feedback of the participants, the focal activities where updating to develop their potential according to their culture and natural environment.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback helps us understand the realities of the needs of the various communities we serve and focus on meeting them efficiently.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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NINOS DEL LAGO

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Nancy Morales

Niños del Lago

Term: 2017 - 2022

Nancy Morales

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José González

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Meredith Quick

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Andrea Stark

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David Ader

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Jose Estrada

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Catalina Roldan

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Michelle Ponce

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Silvia Robles

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Yuliana Calvillo

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/15/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.