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 …
AUTECO Makes Major Commitment to Marina Orth Foundation

AUTECO Makes Major Commitment to Marina Orth Foundation

AUTECO, the largest motorcycle company in Colombia, has guaranteed US$250,000 towards our goal to institute a model school and ecotourism project in the poverty stricken and isolated Pacific Coast region of Choco. AUTECO has also given us a huge vote of confidence in our existing programs. In the next months, AUTECO will replace 3,290 aging computers which will be distributed between both our and their schools, this will allow us to extend our program to two more rural schools, bringing our total to 7. We in turn help support other AUTECO sponsored five…Read more …
The Steve Bergren Engineering Scholarship Endowment

The Steve Bergren Engineering Scholarship Endowment

Steve Bergren (1944-2013) had a special place in his heart for Colombia, serving in the Peace Corps and teaching engineering at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. His legacy will now continue through the Steve Bergren Engineering Scholarship, which awards two scholarships each year to enable two of our students to pursue a five-year engineering degree at the prestigious EAFIT University in Medellin. In 2014, the scholarship was awarded to Carlos Andrés Villa Cossio of the Marina Orth School. In 2015, Steven Alberto Henao was selected from the Camino de Paz school of the Golondrinas…Read more …

2015 Volunteers

Our wonderful volunteers help us to improve our program in so many ways. They support the foundation by teaching and tutoring English to both students and parents, lead clubs relating to arts, culture and sports and assist in important administrative capacities. We welcome the return of Holly Malerba, Danielle Hungerbuhler, Phillip Bartholomew, and Helen and Steve Tribbel who all gave great service last year. This year we are proud to introduce Marie Piayai and Max Lowenthal, as well as short term volunteers Andrew Raikes and former 60’s Peace Corps volunteer Howard Ellegant, who…Read more …
“Faces of Colombia” Exhibit by Volunteer Stephen Tribbel

“Faces of Colombia” Exhibit by Volunteer Stephen Tribbel

In January, the British artist/photographer Stephen Tribbel, exhibited his work in the Cultural Center of El Carmen de Viboral where he also helps in one of our schools. As part of the exhibit Stephen had his 5th grade students paint their self portraits based on his photo display of them. “Faces of Colombia” was a study of Colombia today, exploring the idea of identity; photography subjects were asked the question, “What does Colombia mean to you?” The answers presented an interesting tapestry of the country today.Read more …
Colombian Embassy in USA Honors Our Founder

Colombian Embassy in USA Honors Our Founder

Last December, the Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Dr. Luis Carlos Villegas and his wife, Sra. Carmela Restrepo, honored the work of our founder, Marina (Maureen) Orth with a festive five course “Colombian Gastronomic” dinner at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. The delicious fare was prepared by Colombian Chefs, Diego Panesso and Jorge Mario Gomez especially flown in for the occasion. Distinguished guests included the Ambassadors of Mexico and India and Spain’s Ambassador to the Organization of American States, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet, members of the State Department and…Read more …
Marlon; “I want to put a smile on every Colombian kid’s face.”

Marlon; “I want to put a smile on every Colombian kid’s face.”

One of our foundation students, Marlon Vargas, who was brought to Chicago for summer school in 2012, PCV Howard Ellegant and his wife, Carol, has been awarded a presitigious scholoarship to study law at Pontifica Boliviariana University in Medellin. His studies are also being supported by the Ellegants and the Marina Orth Foundation. Marlon has big plans to run for office some day with the slogan, "I want to put a smile on every Colombian kid's face." The son of a single mother, Marlon attends the foundation's Golondrinas school and scored #24 out…Read more …
Congratulations Team Robotica!

Congratulations Team Robotica!

Marina Orth Foundation's El Progreso School's coed Robotics Team scored 516 points out of 600 and took 26th place among the 600 teams that competed throughout the Department of Antioquia in a rigorous eight months long competition to build robots . As one of the top 50 teams, they also participated in a four day Antioquia Digital Camp that brought together 800 students from all over the state. 1249Read more …
Prensa Escuela Project, El Colombiano Newspaper

Prensa Escuela Project, El Colombiano Newspaper

Also in October, the Marina Orth Foundation led by Natalia Lopez, was part of a panel and presented their experiences with their school paper IEMO News (Institución Educativa Marina Orth) at a national seminar of school newspapers sponsored by El Colombiano newspaper in Medellin. Over a thousand participants from throughout Latin America attended. IEMO News publishes both online and in print and receives tutoring from the staff of El Colombiano, one of Colombia's leading newspapers. 1231Read more …