What You Can Do/Funding
Why support Co-partners?
Contributions go directly to in country, self-help organizations. Members of our partner organizations in El Salvador and Guatemala, despite limited formal education, have successfully managed scholarship and training programs over many years. Co-partnersvolunteers donate their time and pay their own expenses for annual in country trips.
The expressed needs of local partners are the basis for local programming. Stable, long term, personal relationships with our partners in Central America ensure that funds are well spent and accounted for and that outcomes are achieved.
Discussing Focus Group results as a part of the planning process
How you can help: You can be a Co-partner by:
- Contributing money
- Donating goods
Guatemalan children in front of their “self-portraits”made in a Co-partners enrichment program
We raise funds through:
An annual campaign. We send solicitation letters out in late November to early December to current and prospective donors. The letter is accompanied by the second of two annual newsletters that update supporters on the year’s accomplishments. Contributors also receive a mid-year newsletter after the annual volunteer trip.
Co-ordinated Federal Campaign. Co-partners participates annually in the CFC using the number 61291.
Alternative Gift Fairs. Co-partners is privileged to participate in the Takoma Park Alternative Gift Fair, an annual, pre-Christmas event that allows patrons to make donations to honor family and friends rather than buying a gift.
An Annual Fundraiser. Through the generosity of Luis Reyes, co-owner of the renownedLauriol Plaza restaurant in Washington, D.C., we hold an annual “happy hour” and craft sale.
Crafts fairs. Co-partners holds annual holidaycrafts salesat various sites throughout the metropolitan Washington area.Crafts purchased during work trips to El Salvador and Guatemala are sold at local holiday sales.
Grants. Co-partners receives an annual grant from the Nova Intentional Eucharistic Community. We have received a number of grants from the Margaret Langlykke Fund of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and from the Emily Sandal Memorial. We have also received two grants from the Washington D.C. Rotary Club, one in 2015 in support of transportation scholarships for rural students and a second in 2017 for the purchase of industrial sewing machines for La Asociación La Nueva Esperanza in Ilobasco, El Salvador.
Co-partners has been fortunate to receive donations of sewing machines and sewing supplies from many individuals.
We have also received donations of computers from a number of individuals and from two institutions. In 2013 we received ten computers from the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas. In 2017 and 2018 we received donations of a total of twenty laptops from the not-for-profit Bethel Computers for Education (BCFE) in Warrenton, VA, a program of the United Methodist Church.
Youth volunteers who worked in a child enrichment program.
The Volunteer Experience
A typical volunteer trip takes ten days to two weeks and consists of a brief in-country orientation followed by five to ten days of work. Volunteers work under the guidance of experienced members of Co-partnersof Campesinas. Volunteers pay their own expenses including airfare (around $600), local transportation (from $60 to $200), and daily expenses of about $35 per day per person. The total cost of the experience is approximately $1,000.
Volunteers do not need to be experienced teachers, but should enjoy teaching and working with youth. Intermediate Spanish is needed for English and Enrichment programs. Excellent Spanish is needed for leadership workshops.
You’d like to volunteer, but you don’t speak Spanish or your Spanish is rusty?
Guatemala has many wonderful language schools. El Salvador also has a language school in the capital, San Salvador. Most schools offer a week that includes 30 hours of individual instruction at a very reasonable price. Our experience has been that for an individual with rusty high school Spanish, a week-long refresher course is sufficient for participation in our program for elementary-age children. Participants without any previous Spanish would need two or three weeks of intensive classes.
Interested? Contact Co-partners chairperson Archer Heinzen at: (703) 548-6713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-partners of Campesinas is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law.
Federal government employees may use the number 61291 to donate through the Combined Federal Campaign.
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