That all Guatemalans have access to quality education and the opportunity to earn a living wage within a healthy environment.
To provide educational support and environmentally sustainable economic opportunities to disadvantaged Guatemalan youth.
Who We Are
When most people from developed countries like the United States think about Guatemala, they think about crime, drugs and poverty. But many of us go there and fall in love with a country of extraordinary beauty and a welcoming people. Count among those visitors Salina Duncan, Nancy Kuster, and Pete McManus, the founders and officers of Together We Can Guatemala. We came to Guatemala, fell in love with it, stayed for a long time (even years), and continue to be drawn back.
Though we fell in love with this beautiful country, it's impossible to be blind to its problems. Illiteracy is common. Crime and violence are rampant. Unemployment is high. Poverty takes its toll, with its attendant problems like malnutrition and poor healthcare. Women particularly suffer within this machista culture. The rate of femicide is one of the highest in the world.
So along with our love for the country came our desire to help. But where to begin? We believe that one of the solutions to Guatemala's problems lies in developing its youth through better education, job training, and better health. The three of us have long been involved in a number of non-governmental organizations with those aims, including Las Manos de Christine, Nuestros Ahijados, Hospicio San Jose, Garden of Hope, and Robert Muller Life School. And when we realized that some of the efforts we have been involved in needed extra support, we decided to work to provide that support, founding Together We Can Guatemala.
We hope that you, too, will be inspired to help in our mission to make this world a better place, one step at a time.