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Newsletter – June 2011

Join RWI in welcoming our new Executive Director of the US office

Executive Director Sheri Tor
Sheri Tor, RWI's new Executive Director of the U.S. office.

Roots and Wings International is pleased to announce that Sheri Tor has come on board as ED of our US office. Sheri brings over 25 years of nonprofit leadership and development experience with her that includes acting as both Executive Director and Director of Development for several nationally recognized NGOs, including We Care/AIDS, Positive Help, International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN) and Project Rainbow Support. She is also proud to be a long-term volunteer with The Trevor Project, a leading national organization committed to ending suicide among LGBTQ youth. Within these roles, Sheri has gained extensive nonprofit administration, fundraising and media relations expertise.

Sheri has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting, Communications, Finance, Psychology, Political Science, Literature and Marketing from UCLA and is in the process of becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She is also fluent in Spanish.

What Sheri's involvement means for RWI's donors, supporters, volunteers, employees and program participants is multifold. Sheri will oversee the agency's future growth and program expansions as well as lead the development team to create new fundraising strategies and build on current grant/sponsorship bases.

Sheri is enthusiastic about her new role: "I am very happy to be part of an agency as dedicated to helping others as Roots and Wings International and look forward to working with the entire RWI team, both here in the United States and in Central America, in the future."

As RWI moves into the future, we are very excited to have Sheri Tor joining us!

~ More donations will mean more education, which in turn will lead to the transformation of lives and communities in the form of sustainable social and economic development.~

Meet RWI's Guatemala Staff:

RWI's Guatemala Staff
Roots and Wings' Guatemala Staff – Cristobal, Diego, Cecilia, and Dora.

The team that turns your donation into education

The RWI field office is located in Pasac, Nahualá, Sololá, in our Roots and Wings Learning Center and employs four staff members who come from the local community. From that vantage point, they are able to respond in a culturally sensitive way to both the students who participate in RWI's educational programs and the development needs of the region.

Cristobal Guarchaj is the Executive Director of the Guatemala office and has been a part of RWI since it was founded in 2006. Among his many responsibilities, he is on the selection committee for RWI's University Scholarship Program and he organizes the monthly Community Development Meetings attended by RWI scholars and youth from around the region.

Cristobal has a teaching degree in Rural Elementary Education and is currently studying psychology at the Rafael Landívar University of Quetzaltenango.

Diego Chox Chox is the bookkeeper and a tutor in RWI's After-School Elementary Tutoring Program. Diego is responsible for the day-to-day financial administration of the Guatemala office, which includes generating financial reports and controlling the budget. In the tutoring program he has been able to "raise the children's awareness of the importance of reading every day so that in the future they are intelligent, critical and analytical people."

Catarina Cecilia Cotiy Ixmatá is the office administrator and also tutors in the tutoring programs. Cecilia considers that one of her most important roles is to "centralize the children in the world of reading, so that in the future they will be great critical and analytical thinkers."

Cecilia has a teaching degree in Rural Elementary Education and she is studying toward her Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Community Development.

Dora Cristina Guarchaj Tahay teaches RWI's Computer Literacy Program. She considers it "a privilege to be able to teach the children in their own language [K'iche] to facilitate the teaching-learning process in our communities."

Dora's teaching degree is in Elementary Bilingual Intercultural Education.

Our dedicated and reliable staff of administrators and teachers in our field office demonstrates RWI's commitment to delivering culturally responsive education that empowers students to connect their cultural identity with sustainable social and economic development. Your donation gives them the tools to accomplish this goal.

Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there!

Looking for that special gift for the Dad who has everything?

Make a donation in his honor to help a student in rural
Guatemala achieve an education.

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