The Center will host RWI’s computer literacy program certified by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, assist with RWI's after-school tutoring program and be available for homework assignments and research to RWI's young scholars (the local Mayan recipients of the full-tuition university scholarships raised by the organization)
“People all over Guatemala and especially in the Boca Costa region of Sololá lack access to technology,”
According to Victor Urrutia, Vice-President of Operations for TECO Guatemala, the energy company began working with Roots & Wings International in 2008 by sponsoring RWI’s scholarship program and providing five university scholarships for the local indigenous youth. “As we became more familiar with the program, we were impressed with RWI’s determination to provide educational opportunities to children in the marginalized indigenous communities of Guatemala. We liked the idea of economic development that begins with the community and the effort to empower local individuals. When RWI developed plans for the first technology center in the area, we committed to funding it. They just had to ask, and we were excited to help,” says Mr. Urrutia.
If you would like to learn more about RWI, or to schedule an interview with Erik Swanson, please call 503-564-8831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Roots & Wings International (RWI)
RWI was created in 2004 by Erik Swanson, a business attorney at Bullivant Houser Bailey PC, to improve the lives of Guatemala’s indigenous population through education, training and technology. RWI has several donation programs including sponsoring a student for as little as $5 per month, making a one-time donation, naming a scholarship, corporate gift matching, buying coffee, shopping at Amazon for the cause, volunteering with skills and time and starting a fundraiser. For additional information about RWI, visit www.rootsandwingsintl.org.