Teachers, parents and students learning how to use XO computers in Guacarí, Valle

As part of the ongoing collaboration with Asocaña, the National Sugar Can Growers Association, and the Marina Orth Foundation, March 18-23 was spent training teachers, students and parents on the use of their new XO-OLPC computers.  Students at Normal Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra School and the Cristo Rey School sponsored by Pichichi sugar cane company, participated in this first stage of the Uno Para Cada (One for Each) program in Guacari, in the state of Valle del Cauca. 794Read more …

Student IT Monitors create a Website

The IT Monitors Club, of Camino de Paz School—a collaboration between the Las Golondrinas Foundation and the Marina Orth Foundation, are creating their own website in order to improve their technology skills.  The Monitors will post their IT research and information about the group. The students are in charge of the total design, content and maintenance of the new website. 791Read more …

5th Grader Paola Osorio chosen to represent Colombia on US Trip

Paola Andrea Osorio Hoyos, a student at Campo Alegre Rural School, who last December represented the Foundation and her school at the TEDxBogotá, has been selected by the Fundación La Gente del Futuro (People of the Future) to travel to the United States at the end of June 2013.  This trip seeks is to open the children’s eyes to a world full of possibilities.  On the first 17 day trip two years ago eleven boys and girls crisscrossed the US including a visit to Harvard University to learn about civic culture. 782Read more …

Foreign Volunteers Program Continues

The Foundation welcomed 4 new international volunteers in February.  Shenandoah Paun, of Philadelphia, will be part of the English teaching team at the Campo Alegre Rural School in El Carmen de Viboral. Kelly Loria, of Washington, D.C., will be working with the Step By Step Project in English at the Colegio Camino de Paz – Fundación Las Golondrinas.  Rhonda Hardy and Gary Gonya (former Peace Corps volunteers). 772Read more …

School Gardens Project

  Inspired by the success the Edible Schoolyards Foundation program begun in Berkeley, California and Life Lab Science Program in Santa Cruz, California, the Marina Orth Foundation is developing its own school garden program to not only educate children about eating healthy foods, caring for our planet, and provide access to healthy food sources but using the gardens for learning both English and Science. 812Read more …

El Carmen de Viboral: From the eyes of a foreigner

Who am I and what is my Purpose? My name is Nicole King, I am 23 years old and I am from the United States. I came to Colombia as a volunteer with the Marina Orth Foundation and I teach English in the primary school of Campo Alegre. This foundation works with 3 different schools in the Antioquia Region and is working to expand its reach with the help of donors (in both the United States and Colombia) and grants provided by the Secretary of Education. Its main focus is teaching the students…Read more …

We Won the Biggie!

Marina Orth Foundation school wins $35,000 prize in Best of the Best competition for best rural school in the state of Antioquia, Colombia. On Wednesday, November 17, the rural school, Campo Alegre, in the town of El Carmen de Viboral won the highest honor given by the Secretary of Education from the state of Antioquia in Colombia: Antioquia la mas educada. The school was honored for its programs in computer technology, bilingualism, and leadership, especially for the participation of the parents and the community in the life of the school. Schools are invited…Read more …

Breakfast for Education

During this event we offered our guests a presentation of the panel: we can do more together: public-private partnerships in education, and also showed some of the things we do in the Marina Orth Foundation Step by Step project at Marina Orth Rural school in Aguas Frias, in Campo Alegre Rural School in El Carmen de Viboral, Antioquia, in Camino de Paz school with Las Golondrinas foundation in the neighborhood of Llanaditas in Medellín, in the after school center also in Aquas Frias with Medellín’s recreation and sports institute as well as in…Read more …

Testimony of Estefania Agudelo, a student of the Rural School Campo Alegre

Hello my name is Estefania Agudelo I am 10 years old and I am in fifth grade. I live in El Carmen de viboral and I study in the beautiful school of Campo Alegre. My favorite color is pink and my favorite class is English. I want to tell you my experience with the Step by Step project and how important it is for my life and how it changed my life. I have always liked to study, read and learn new things and the Marina Orth Foundation came to my second home…Read more …