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Indiana School of Dentistry Partners with Konojel in 2016

The Konojel Community Center, a project of the All Together Foundation, is proud to announce a partnership with the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) for 2016 in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. IUSD has been offering an International Service Learning program in Haiti, Vietnam, Mexico, Kenya, Guatemala, and Ecuador since 2000. The goal of the program is to provide dental services and oral health education to underserved populations in response to their needs, and to partner with an on-site community organization to incorporate their assets in both service and learning aspects of the program.

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State University of New York brings sustainability to Konojel

Luz Porras, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, SUNY New Paltz

Luz Porras, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, SUNY New Paltz

I’d been living in San Marcos for close to two years, and running Konojel for about half that time, when I met Professor Luz Porras, Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at my alma mater, State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY New Paltz). While visiting my old stomping grounds one early spring afternoon, a friend in the Study Abroad office invited me to join a conversation practice session being held for a few of the class sections from the Department of Foreign Languages. After listening in for a few minutes, I was asked to introduce myself, and told the students and their professors a bit of my story. As a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, I’d earned my teaching certificate and used it to teach Spanish in at-risk areas of New York City. After explaining that I’d since moved to Guatemala, a faceless voice boomed from the other end of the table, and Professor Porras rose from her seat to learn more about how I’d gone from her department to her home country. So began the connection between Konojel and SUNY New Paltz.


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Solar Sprouting at Konojel Community Center

Our friends at Semillas de Sol, Brennan, Juliana, Chaytanya and Ben, helped us build our solar dehydrator and oven .

“What if we could use the power of the sun to feed malnourished children in an ecologically and economically sustainable way? This was the idea that sparked the creation of our project with the Konojel Community Center.
We proposed to utilize one resource the Konojel Center had in abundance: the sun. We would build a solar dehydrator and solar oven on the center property.  Using the solar dehydrator, fruits and vegetables could be dried in-season and consumed throughout the year. Ovens are a rarity in these parts – almost all cooking is done over inefficient wood stoves. These simple solar technologies offered a fuel-free way to cook, bake, and preserve food.”

Read more about the process at the Semilla de Sol blog.