Will offer 500 need-based scholarships and advanced computer courses
Set up is presently underway for a state of the art computer training center in Antigua, San Juan Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. Doors are expected to open to students in February 2012 and courses offered include Adobe Design Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and advanced programming courses such as C++.
Humanity First will provide up to 500 free, need-based scholarships to entering students who qualify. Upon completion of their required course hours and examinations, students will be awarded Ministry of Education approved diplomas and certifications.
Humanity First Guatemala Computer Training Center Director Professor Mario Gonzalez has developed curriculum and is supervising staff in this 30 computer station facility that will also include a certified English/Spanish language component. Trained teachers will be available on site from 8am to 5pm for office hours and classroom supervision.
"We're proud to be able to offer such a wide array of courses and meet so many different levels of need. Humanity First Guatemala is looking forward to providing even more projects with long lasting benefits such as this one, in the near future," says AliyaLatif, Humanity First USA Country Director to Guatemala.
Since early 2010, Humanity First has been serving Guatemala under the guidance of Executive Director David Gonzalez. On-going year round projects include the Water for Life initiative in Masagua. In 2011 alone, 63 wells have been constructed with an additional 11 wells to be completed by the end of the year. Overall, a total of 103 wells have been built and over one thousand residents have benefited, including three local schools.
In addition, Humanity First USA Gift of Sight team traveled to Guatemala in October 2011 for their second annual medical mission. They visited rural Chichicastenango for a successful week-long clinic where over 125 patients received eye exams and 30 cataract surgeries were performed without complications.
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.