Fair Trade Friends: MTLC Update

Written by Cafe Campesino on May 1, 2007 in Fair Trade Friends |

Alex Tum plays with a puzzle on the floor of the Children's Education Center at the Computer Center Swan Tinamit in Nahuala, Guatemala.

In October of 2005, we introduced you to our friends Karen and Camilo Macario, and their organization Maya Tech Learning Centers, Inc. (MTLC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Bellbrook, Ohio facilitating education and technology to underserved communities in rural Guatemala. Stateside, MTLC promotes cultural awareness through projects and displays of Guatemalan and Mayan culture.

Since opening their first community center in Nahualá, Guatemala in 2004, where Maya Tech offers formal computer courses accredited by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education and provides an internet café and children’s library for the community, Maya Tech has been extremely busy. New programming this year matches high school Spanish students with students at the computer center in a cultural exchange through writing called “e-pals.”

As we celebrate World Fair Trade Day 2007, we would like to acknowledge our friends at Maya Tech who, rather than trying to replace the culture and heritage of the Mayan communities with new technology, are committed to providing new technology while ensuring that their projects honor the Mayan heritage and build on the sense of community that is so important to all the residents.

For ways to get involved, contact Karen Macario, Maya Tech Learning Centers, Inc., PO Box 139, Bellbrook, OH 45305, call her at 937-654-0669 or email karen.wm@mayatechlc.org.

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