Join with Save the Children to help build schools in Guatemala


What’s happening?

María del Mar in southwestern Guatemala has recently become home to a group of indigenous people who had lost their homes during decades of civil war and land rights protests. They were resettled there by the government, who started building them a school two years ago, however all that was built were the foundations and the walls had never got more than waist high. Now, they are in need of houses and a school for their children.

The community worked together with a NGO (non-governmental organisation) to build a school that children could attend every day, without fear or danger. The architects brought their technical knowledge and could talk to the community about safe site selection, while the community could share their knowledge of the local hazards. They used this community-based approach to build the school to make sure the schools that are built are spaces to not only learn, but to keep children safe from danger.

How you can help

Save the Children have resources that help with learning how to use a community-based approach to build schools in communities such as María del Mar. Save the Children and Risk RED, with funding from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), have developed educational resources on how to involve the local community when assessing and building schools. Resources include a Safer Schools website, videos, tools, case studies and manual, available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Nepali and French.

You can also donate to their efforts by visiting;

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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