R180 International is seeking partners in teaching and educating youths in Guatemala by building schools in the rural jungles and raising leaders through community assistance programs.
I. Who We Are R180 International is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Illinois. R180 International was founded in 2002 with a passion and compassion to develop, facilitate, and assist quality of life and living conditions in rural areas of Guatemala. We are committed to serve the underrepresented Guatemalan communities, because we believe that every family and community with needs should be empowered with love and support, ultimately changing the course of history for all of us.
As a registered nonprofit organization in Guatemala, we collaborate with the administrators of Guatemala City and the Ministry of Education of Guatemala to serve over 40 primary and secondary schools, reaching out to about 5000 students and staff.
We also assist several underdeveloped local communities to establish the much needed water wells, often the only source of clean water for several villages in the vicinity.
Presently, R180 International operates under 2 headquarters: Chicago, Illinois and Orange County, California. The Orange County Chapter consitsts college and post-college young adults who are emphatically trained through academic and family counseling, mission preparations, and fundraising for the Guatemalan Mayan schools. This group values both hand and heart pedagogy. We focus on refining the young generation of scholars for betterment of humanities - integrity at heart and practicum in hands. With the assistance of a pro bono attorney in Southern California, the Orange County Chapter provides legal advising and directional guidances.
II. Why We Serve We serve one of the largest underrepresented groups, children in greatest needs. Since the first time seeing their beautiful faces, we have consistently persisted in demonstrating our love and cares without any ulterior motives. We believe in loving out aloud, helping, giving, serving, and accompanying with respect and genuineness. When we fulfill the mission of converting our compassion to passion for the weak and the broken and the voiceless, we will truly be able to live out the vision of authentic love for humanities, harmonious goodness for all.
We serve, because we love.
1. School Building Project In the mountainous northeastern regions of Guatemala, we have established over 40 primary and secondary schools for the indigenous Mayan tribes. Funded and supervised in various areas like Lake Izabal, Rio Dolce, El Estor, and other underdeveloped jungles, we have built school classrooms and community centers. In connection with Guatemala City administrators and superintendents from the Ministry of Education of Guatemala, we are able to commission teachers along with diverse educational programs until the young scholars are nurtured to complete their secondary educations.
2. Water Well Project In hopes of providing nourishment for our beautiful friends in the mountains and the jungles of Guatemala, water tanks have been installed throughout 9 school campuses - Telesecundaria San Jose Canton, Telesecundaria Caxlanpom, Boqueron, Escuela Rio Zarco, Escuela Barrio Nuevo, Instituto Aj Awinel, Escuela Salamateco, Village Ch’inachaab’il ch’och’, and Telesecundario El Bongo. From digging the depth of the wells to supplying water filters, we are devoted to assist the families and communities with healthy and vital living conditions.
III. How We Work Since 2002, we have raised funds and independently sustained our organization in order to create resourceful and healthier means of living conditions for our Guatemalan Mayan communities. Each July and December, two development teams are sent from the United States to assist with the school buildings and water well facilitations.
Movement 8 Collaborating a team of professionals in medical, legal, and other maturated careers, the Movement 8 (M8 for short) team works to process the logistics and liaison operations among the local communities in Guatemala. The economic, religious, and educational implementations connect the professional individuals from America to the regional project supervisors in Guatemala. Some of the specific incorporations include professional training, educational conferences and business partnerships.
History Makers R180 History Makers are rather notorious for their courageous participations in development constructions. The History Makers are the “muscles and veins” of our development, reaching the depths of the jungles to encounter the villagers whom no one else has visited for ages. We believe and proactively reach out to love our global neighbors, fearlessly carry out the missions through construction of facilities, deliver materials, and advocate for every unreached tribal village raises the roof for education of their youths. Our goal is to manifest love and care for our Guatemala families and friends: familiarizing their livelihoods as a token of encouragement, strengthening families and communities, and honoring indigenous cultures.
R180 International operates under 100% of support from donors worldwide. All financial and noncash donations are directly attributed to Movement 8 and/or History Makers projects every year. All operational costs are covered by general donations as well as at the expense of volunteers. This is how our transparency in funding and charitable contributions sustain presentable operations.