One of the Poorest Areas in Rural Guatemala Celebrates First Tech Center
11/05/2010

Guatemalan Village of Pasac in Nahualá, Sololá Celebrates Inauguration of First Learning Center in the Area

Online PR News – 05-November-2010 – – MEDIA ADVISORY

Erik Swanson, President
Roots & Wings International
erik@rootsandwingsintl.org
Phone: 503-564-8831

CASERÍO PASAC, ALDEA XEJUYUP, NAHUALÁ, SOLOLÁ, GUATEMALA – Roots & Wings International (RWI), a non-profit promoting economic development in impoverished rural Guatemala through education, training and technology, will hold the inauguration of the first International Learning Center in the region on November 12, 2010. Sponsored by TECO Guatemala and built with the help of Microsoft, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC and BuyWell Coffee, the Center will host RWI’s computer literacy program certified by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, house an after-school tutoring program for RWI's young scholars (the local Mayan recipients of the full-tuition university scholarships raised by the organization) and serve as a library. The scholars will also use the Center to study, work on homework assignments and do research. Guests of RWI who come to discuss poverty in Guatemala and important local development issues with the students will use the Center during their stay.

WHAT: The Center provides 25 computers, a study space for dozens of students, two new offices for RWI staff and a residence for RWI guests. These resources equip the local youth with the opportunity to learn computer skills, gain access to better employment opportunities, improve their lives and help their families and communities.

WHEN: Friday, November 12, 2010
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

WHERE: The newly built International Learning Center at the Guatemalan village of Pasac in Nahualá, Sololá

WHO: The inauguration celebration will welcome media, TECO executives, members of the community, and scholarship recipients, as well as RWI volunteers and donors. The event is open to everyone.

About Roots & Wings International (RWI)
RWI was created in 2004 by Erik Swanson, a lawyer and humanitarian, in an effort 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. To learn more, visit www.rootsandwingsintl.org.
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