The Wisdom School Project

Last month, Global Project Hope traveled to the Western parts of Guatemala to San Mateo Ixtatan, a village located deep within the mountains. There, our team visited the Wisdom School, a primary school for the village children.

Guatemala is a distinctly mountainous region, which proves to be a challenge for many villages in the mountains, such as San Mateo Ixtatan. Given the rocky and, at times, isolating landscape, access to education, technology, and even basic necessities, such as water, is harshly limited. Global Project Hope’s goal at the Wisdom School was to work to better serve these issues.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors and partners, Global Project Hope was able to donate four laptops and a projector to the school, opening new pathways of teaching and education. Our team was also able to help teach students computer skills such as Microsoft Word and Paint. Each student received a 500MB flash drive so they could store their work and continue to acquire more technology-based skills.

Check out the video from the experience here, and the photos below!

Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise Summer Camp

Freeport is an underserved, urban community in Nassau County with a childhood obesity rate of 16.0% and a childhood untreated tooth decay rate of 27.1%, both figures of which are reported higher among low-income families 1. With studies indicating sedentary, unhealthy lifestyles among children in the U.S. with adult-onset chronic diseases including diabetes, periodontal disease, and lung disease, Global Project Hope sought to reinforce the importance of maintaining good health and wellness among the youth so future generations can break this trend.

Thus, over the past 3 years, Global Project Hope and its volunteers conducted health education summer camps for elementary school children in Freeport, NY titled “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise,” based on our workbook of the same title. It is an interactive workbook developed with insights from health professionals that teaches lessons on bullying, nutrition, exercise, sleep, and hygiene using the story of a fictional character named Justin. There is also a companion teacher’s workbook that details how to instruct the material with various activities.

After 2 weeks of instruction on the material, the camp ended with a school-wide health fair where our students disseminate the knowledge they learned to their peers. You can see some of the pictures from the health fair here!

In our last iteration of the program, we conducted pre- and post-surveys of basic health education components to measure the efficacy of our program. The results showed that our program significantly increased the knowledge base of students on each of the modules taught. Figure 1., below, depicts these results (Talwar, 2017).

We’re excited to continue conducting the summer camp and further expanding it. If you know of a school or community who may benefit from this program, feel free to contact us here.

Figure 1. Survey results show that the students’ knowledge base on all health modules increased significantly after the Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise summer camp.

1. Nassau County Indicators For Tracking Public Health Priority Areas, 2013