Every member of our team plays a key role in carrying out the mission of our organization. Our team is diverse with many different backgrounds and stories defining their lives. Regardless of whether they are on the ground or thousands of miles away from our schools, they all share a common passion to empower students through education.
OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS
Lan Vwa works with people on the ground that are invested in the community. These leaders are there pouring into the community when no one is looking. They were there before us, and they will be there long after us. Our students are their neighbors and children. They are a vital piece of our mission.
ARMANDO AND NORMA LEIVA
Armando and Norma Leiva have been investing in Joconal for over 8 years. Armando was born and raised in a village close to Joconal. As a teenager, he moved to Guatemala City to pursue an education. There he met Norma. They raised three incredible children and taught them the value of education. With a calling to Joconal, Armando and Norma poured much of their life savings into starting a coffee farm to provide jobs for the people in the village. They give so much, so the people in Joconal can have dignity and provide food for their families. Our school is located in the house on their farm.
PAULINO AND MARIA SANTIAGO
Paulino and Maria Santiago live just down the road from our school in Joconal with their four adorable children. Paulino came to Joconal as a young boy. His parents sent him away at the age of eight to start working. He traveled to Joconal looking for a job and found a home. The woman living at the Leiva’s farm house, Goya, took the him in and raised him. When he was older, Paulino’s cousin, who had come to Joconal, was killed. Fearing for his life, he moved to Guatemala City with Armando. Over time, Paulino knew he was being called back to Joconal to invest in the community. Now, he works with the Leiva’s doing everything you can imagine on the farm and helps our teachers with problems at the school.
Lan Vwa has a small but dedicated staff focused on providing access to quality education. Our staff has a passion to provide opportunities to students that have the desire to pursue a better future. Together, they continue to see the positive effect education has in the communities in which they work.
Karina lives in Guatemala City. She has a Teaching Degree with a focus on Learning disabilities from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. Karina has been working in education since August 2004 and began working with Lan Vwa in August 2013. She is a single mother that loves working with kids. Growing up, her parents did everything to keep her in school. They taught her that there is more in life than just what you see. She is passionate about showing the students in Joconal that, through education, they can learn more and have a better life. She can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Everything happens for a reason, with a purpose, if God put me in this project it is because He believes I’m capable to teach and guide students on a good path, tell them about the great love of God, teach them that we must always put God first, so that everything we do is of great success and blessing, and to teach us to value ourselves as the person we are because in God's eyes we are worth gold, learn to appreciate what is around us, that they can continue with their studies and that they can be a person full of success."
Teaching Assistant Chichimecas
"God has a plan for our life, God knows my purpose, what He has for me, many opportunities have come into my life, thanks to him and his immense mercy. God knows why I am a member of the LanVwa family, and all I can say is that He is accomplishing something very important in my life, I know very well that I am sharing what i know and what I have learned from other people. Thanks to LanVwa i am also able to invest in myself and help my family. I am infinitely grateful to God for LanVwa for the blessings they have brought to my life."
“I believe that God has a purpose with each one of us, we serve as guides for young people who feel the need to get ahead and then they can help their families.This Organization helps us by giving us a job and we impart our knowledge to these young people and they can help their families. I believe that God himself put us here to help each other."
Teaching Assistant Joconal
"In 2014 I began to study in the LanVwa school, where I obtained my High School Diploma, thank God there are people who feel in their hearts to help young people that want to get ahead in life, and through these people I managed to finish my highschool.
And in 2020 I found myself helping this Organization, I thank God for the opportunity to be here and that I can practice what I have learned and always keep learning new things."
"Every human being has a purpose on Earth (Jeremiah 1:5), we are called to serve and who does not do it is not useful to live, no matter how far we go, God always returns us to Him. My work is a blessing, I still have a lot to learn, I make many mistakes, but I work hard to improve and motivate myself when because my Students are a confirmation that there are things worth fighting for. I thank LanVwa for the opportunity."
Teacher at Chichimecas
"I prayed, asking God to put me somewhere to teach what I have learned, after a while, God listened to me and put me in this place, in this program. I'm sure it's a good place because it's a place where I can teach and help others to study so they can do well in life, but also to teach the Word of God. That was what I asked God for a while ago and now I'm here in LAN VWA, to do the purpose that God has for me."
Lan Vwa’s Board of Directors is a group of leaders whose governance and vision for change has propelled the organization forward. With diverse backgrounds and professional expertise, each member plays a crucial role in growing Lan Vwa’s capacity. Together, they ensure the organization will continue as long as the need is present.
And this is how LanVwa connects with them:
And this is how LanVwa connects with them:
“I am passionate about empowerment, to me there is no better way to empower people than to educate and capitalize. Poverty is at its core, disconnection to opportunities therefore, empowerment is the solution to poverty.
Bringing education to the places where there has been disconnection to this opportunity for generations is and will be my life mission, so therefore LanVwa is a perfect fit for me.”
"My calling in life Was revealed to me in the scripture Isaiah 1:17 'Do good, seek justice, Stand against oppression, Defend the fatherless, and support the widow.' The empowerment of education for LanVwa’s students fulfills this mission in many ways and I am honored to be a part of it!"