Hearts in Action

Hearts in Action is focused on driving innovation through educational, economic, and environmental development programs in Central and South America.

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Education

Children are the future, and our goal is to help them grow and thrive. We believe that education can break the cycle of generational poverty throughout the world.

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Ecology

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Enterprise

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Education

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Ecology

This planet is our home, and at Hearts in Action, we strive to leave this world a better place than we found it. As stewards of the jungle, we are advancing everyday in our quest to protect the Mayan biosphere.

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Enterprise

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Education

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Enterprise

While education is the stepping off point, enterprise is where workers out of Hearts in Action can put their gifts to use.

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our values

As a nonprofit, Hearts in Action is focused on building up young people and adults in the Peten with a sense of purpose and identity. Whether through formal schooling, better health care, nutritious meals, creative experiences or greater opportunities for development and employment, HIA is engaged showing children and the community love and a future with hope.

Meet Edgar

Edgar’s father and older brother were killed when he was a young boy, and had never studied untill age 11 when we asked if he would like to join The Jungle School. Edgar has so much fun learning and having friends to play soccer with during recess. His teacher says he learns quickly and is excelling in his studies.

His family says he comes home to do his homework quickly and then changes to get his farm work done. He wakes up early to milk the cows before coming to school. They are very proud of him and grateful to us for the oppurtunity to do both education and farm life.

He hopes to be a soldier someday to protect the people in his country.

Meet Wendy

I live with my grandmother and younger brother in a village called Ixhuacut. We have an outhouse. I don´t know my father and my mother left when I was a toddler. I cook and clean for my grandmother and younger brother. My grandmother has Alzheimer´s now so I have to help her a lot. We have pet dogs and hens.

My favorite colors are red and fuchsia. I like coming to The Jungle School because it is a very nice school and we learn about God here. I have been here since kindergarten and I hope to graduate from here as well! I like to draw and hope to be a fashion designer someday and also sew clothing to sell.

Meet Jorge

I live with my mother in a town called Nuevo San Josè. I help at home by gathering firewood for my mom and cleaning around the house. I love coming to The Jungle School and playing in the school band and love to learn to play instruments. I am already 18 years old, but I want to continue studying and graduate so that I can hopefully get a good job and support my mother since my father is not part of the picture.

When I was younger she would do her best to put me in school so I could learn to read and write, but then would have to take me out so that she could take me with her wherever she could get work. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to study at The Jungle School!

Meet Jonatan

My favorite subject is English. I love studying at The Jungle School and am so grateful to have the opportunity to study here. This is where I learned about God and met Jesus. I used to wake up while it was still dark and make my way through the jungle to get to The Jungle School. Many people told me I was crazy for doing everything I did to be able to go to school, but today I realized it was all worth it! I am graduating from The Jungle School this year and already have a job offer! I look forward to the opportunity to help support my family now and help my younger siblings have the opportunity to come to The Jungle School as well. Also, now I get to go to church and I want to help youth know how much God loves them and work with youth like Hearts In Action and my sponsors did for me!

Helping people live
their true potential.

We believe that education can break the cycle of generational poverty throughout the world. Hearts in Action hopes to activate people to live to their true potential. Since 1999, The Jungle School has a thriving elementary, secondary, and vocational school for children in the San Andres community of Peten, Guatemala.

Meet Edgar Abelardo López

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Located in the heart
of Central America.

Guatemala is home to Hearts in Action head quarters in the Peten jungle in an endangered area called the Mayan Biosphere. The biosphere was created in response to environmental attacks caused by drug trafficers, illegal logging , burning and deforestation for raising cattle. Peten now has 91% of all the cattle ranches in Guatemala. Ranchers are interested in grasses and not trees. HIA is working hard to educate, plant trees and raise awareness about serious issues affecting the future of the rainforest. Entire eco systems are being desimated, with them go the animals, plants and the jobs that could have been if the natural resources had been cared for and used well.

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