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NINOS DEL LAGO

"Inspiring the dreams of Guatemalan Children"

Pasadena, CA   |  www.ninosdellago.org

Mission

Our Mission is to provide opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged Guatemalan children to fulfil their potential.

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)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Tutoring Program "Stay in School"

In many parts of Guatemala, especially rural areas, access to quality education can be limited. A tutoring program can help bridge this gap by providing additional educational support to students who might otherwise struggle.

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

Ensuring that a child goes to school well fed is not only essential for their individual well-being but also has far-reaching benefits for their academic success, personal development, and the overall prosperity of communities and societies.

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

physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. It creates an environment where they can learn, grow, and thrive, setting the stage for a healthy, fulfilling, and productive adulthood.

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

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Collaborate with local schools, parents, and health professionals to create a tailored physical, educational and emotional program, promoting holistic well-being in children by addressing both their physical health and overall motivation for learning.

“There is no cause that deserves a higher priority than the protection and development of the child, on whom depend on the survival, hability, 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.
  • 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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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NINOS DEL LAGO

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Erica Eagle

Niños del Lago

Term: 2023 - 2024

Erica Eagle

Niños del Lago

Joan Daidone

Niños del Lago

David Ader

Niños del Lago

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 9/26/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/08/2022

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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 have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.