What is our goal in the long run?

Our goal is to create schools in the area of Coatepeque, Quetzaltenago in the small villages that surround the larger city.

While there are schools in operation in most towns, they are usually too small to accommodate more children, so we are on a mission to expand on the current school infrastructure while ensuring that EVERY child has an opportunity to get a full education, regardless of age.

It takes a lot of time, energy, and support to create the education infrastructure that these Guatemalan communities require.

We are incredibly grateful for the numerous volunteers, donors, organizations, and everyone else who has helped our dream become a reality.

While there is still more work to do, we have come a long way and we owe it all to the people involved.

The Leadership Team


Adrienne ROSEN

Founder & Co-President

Adrienne holds a Doctorate in Philosophy of Education from the University of South Africa and an M.A. in Philosophy of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

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Myra is a co-founder of First International Courier Systems and has worked in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer with the corporation for the past 25 years. She has been the coordinator of “giving” at the company...

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Claire Merbaum has extensive and diverse experience in the fields of education. Claire has established a number of student intervention programs in Toronto, delivered dozens of workshops for teachers and...

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Elizabeth SAWICKI

Leadership Team

Elizabeth (Liz) Sawicki is an accomplished VP Level executive in land development with over 29 years of experience in industrial, commercial and high and low rise residential and land development with niche skills in Joint...

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Danielle ADLER

Leadership Team

Called to the Bar in 2002, Danielle is a non-practicing lawyer with extensive professional experience in the not-for profit sector. She spent several years at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation National Office...

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Leadership Team

Kim is senior partner with Davies Howe Partners and has experience in the financing, planning, development, conveyancing and operation of commercial and residential projects. She acts for clients in the private and...

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Amy platt


Board of Directors

Dr. Amy Platt is delighted to be the Head of School at the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School. Amy and her husband are also proud parents of a Paul Penna DJDS graduate and current Grade 4 student...

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Racheal Embury


Board of Directors
Racheal left her position in Commercial Real Estate and decided to instead focus her time and efforts on her two young children to ensure that they would have access to the supports and guidance they needed to succeed...

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