Visit from the Secretary of Education

Visit from the Secretary of Education

Last Friday, August 12th, the Marina Orth school was honored with the visit of the Secretary of Education of Medellin, Luis Guillermo Patiño, and his delegation. Although the visit was aimed at addressing issues concerning the infrastructure of the school, the Marina Orth Foundation was able to make a sample of what is lived day by day through the project Step by Step, mainly based on the Spelling Bee and Kahoot in teaching English as well as robotics and IT monitors in the area of technology and of course , they could also see…Read more …
International Youth Day

International Youth Day

#InternationalYouthDay | We want to commemorate this special day by recognizing all this talented youth. Thanks to #MicrosfotCOL for their support to #SparkTic that is looking to educate over 200 people in bennefit of this community.Get additional information in hte following link: http://bit.ly/2b30jEC #YouthSpark #YouthDayRead more …
Winners of the Young Talented Women Award

Winners of the Young Talented Women Award

Yineth Vásquez, who graduated from the Marina Orth School, finished in second place in the category of Leadership and Organizational skills to empower communities, groups discriminated against or vulnerable populations. A thousand congratulations to Yineth! She represents our community well and what a great Click the link below to see the interview https://www.facebook.com/SecMujeresMed/videos/648125332002641/Read more …
Our new Executive Director

Our new Executive Director

Welcome Gina! Gina D’Amato H. We are very pleased to announce that Gina D’Amato H will become the new Executive Director of the Marina Orth Foundation, beginning March 1, 2016. Gina, a native of Medellin, has held a number of positions with international organizations and in government. As part of Antioquia’s signature education program, Antioquia La Mas Educada, Gina most recently served as Director of Tourism Development, to teach sustainable tourism in rural areas. She holds two masters degrees in Development from The Hague Institute of Social Studies and Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.…Read more …
Maureen Orth – From the 60s to Today: It’s Always Cool to Serve

Maureen Orth – From the 60s to Today: It’s Always Cool to Serve

My decision to join the Peace Corps at age 20, right off the Berkeley campus, and to go to a place I had never heard of — Medellin, Colombia, gave me the best education I ever got. In those pre-cocaine days, Medellin was merely known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. One Sunday a dramatic posse of five men on horseback dressed in black gaucho hats and traditional wool ruanas galloped up to my door in the barrio. They were leading an extra horse for me. We rode straight up into the mountains…Read more …
Marina Orth recieved the Order of San Carlos from Colombian President Santos

Marina Orth recieved the Order of San Carlos from Colombian President Santos

Last night, in New York City our founder, Mrs. Marina Orth recieved the Order of San Carlos from Colombian President Santos in the residence of the UN Colombian Ambassador, Maria Emma Mejia. The Order of San Carlos, founded in 1954, is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the nation of Colombia. Specifically, Mrs. Orth received the medal for her service as founder of the Marina Orth Foundation which works in education. The Foundation teaches and trains in English, Technology and Leadership skills using innovative teaching processes. Currently the Foundation works…Read more …
Can the Pope’s New Words Change Washington’s Old Ways? by Maureen Orth

Can the Pope’s New Words Change Washington’s Old Ways? by Maureen Orth

Maureen Orth on the “absolutely jarring but wonderful” sensation that is Francis. Pope Francis lands on U.S. soil and suddenly the official language of Washington and politics and journalism shifts. I keep hearing words like “joy” and “compassion” and phrases like “He speaks service to power.” The vocabulary is positive, the energy and feeling of hope anywhere around the Pope palpable. Turn on the TV and commentators say the Pope radiates empathy and leadership. His little black Fiat becomes the instant symbol of what he stands for: humility and giving to others. In…Read more …

My Return to Medellín by U. S. Representative Sam Farr

In travelling to Medellín after 50 years, there is much emotion in rediscovering a place where for two years I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Castilla, a hillside barrio with little water or light, no school and thousands of displaced people. At first I wondered if I could make it a year; after a year I didn’t want to leave. Upon returning to the U.S. in the 60’s, I experienced culture shock; in February 2015, I was once again suffering culture shock at the changes in Medellín. Poor hillside barrios now…Read more …
Marina Orth received the 2015 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award.

Marina Orth received the 2015 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award.

May 28th, our founder Marina Orth received the 2015 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award from Refugees International, in recognition of her inspiring and sustained commitment to the education and success of the youth of Colombia. Here's Marina in the Peace Corps Recruitment Poster from the 60's that featured Maureen at her school site in Medellin. The official website link is HERE.Read more …
We Celebrate 10 years!

We Celebrate 10 years!

In February, Founder Marina (Maureen) Orth brought former Colombia Peace Corps volunteer and Congressman Sam Farr, plus family members who endowed the Steve Bergren Scholarship, to Medellin to celebrate our tenth anniversary. Teachers, students, parents, and community members all participated at three of our schools through performances and interactive exhibits to showcase our groundbreaking work in computer technology, English and leadership education. The day began at Escuela Marina Orth, went on to Campo de Paz and Caicedo schools and finished with a gala dinner attended by the Governor of Antioquia where Orth also…Read more …