DOULOS FOUNDATION IN GUATEMALA
Founders: Samuel and Martha Berberian
Doulos Foundation (Fundación Doulos) is fulfilling its mission serving the Guatemalan community through education in the Frederick Crowe Institute (Instituto Federico Crowe), through investigation in the Doctor Emilio Antonio Núñez Library, and since March through what is called “Igle-Aula” – education in the churches.
Doulos Foundation began in April 2006 when it was approved by the Ministry of the Interior (Agreement No. 509-2006), nevertheless, Doulos projects began in 1989 when Dr. Samuel Berberian, backed by visionary professionals, opened an institute to provide junior and senior high education for pastors and leaders of Guatemala (foto on right). A library was established at the same time for the use of the students. This became Doulos Association in 2000, and since 2006 it operates as a Foundation.
THE FREDERICK CROWE INSTITUTE
The Frederick Crowe Institute provides a solid education for the students, preparing them for the university. In 2013 there were 97 students in the week-day program (with junior and senior high); the largest class had 26 students and the smallest had 11. There were only 46 students in the Saturday program. 981 students have graduated from high school since FCI opened its doors in 1989, and 80% continue with university studies, including students in the Saturday program, because they are well prepared academically. In November 2013, 14 students graduated from the week-day program and 14 from the Saturday program. Among the graduates were Janneth Aguirre and her son, Rubén Aguirre.
THOSE WHO BENEFIT FROM THE FOUNDATION
The beneficiaries are principally the students of the Institute, who receive a high level education at low cost, which includes access to the extensive library. Also, 54 students received a scholarship, because they come from a very low income family. Each is helped according to the proven specific needs, a full scholarship for a very few, and half a scholarship for most of them. These students couldn’t have studied if a sponsor didn’t help by paying part of the tuition. Donors provide $350 per year per student ($35 a month for 10 months).
14,000 BOOKS IN OUR DOCTOR NÚÑEZ LIBRARY
Other beneficiaries of the Foundation are those who use the library (with a symbolic pay of $1.30 dollars per visit or $13 dollars per semester) having access to the 14,000 volumes, 100,000 classified articles, and DVDs of different topics. The students use the library to do homework related to reading and research. Mrs. Lesslie Ruiz has classified the books as they were donated or bought, and has guided all the process of the library since 1989. She has motivated the students to form the habit of reading, which in Guatemala is calculated at 2%.
PROJECT: EDUCATION IN THE CHURCHES (IGLE-AULA)
Doulos Foundation was authorized in March of 2013 by the Ministry of Education to begin the program of reinserting people back into the school system, through the evangelical churches of Guatemala, which are located in rural and semi-urban communities. The goal is that each evangelical church that has 25 or more members who abandoned their education, can take up their studies, by attending class one day a week in a classroom set up in the church, to study primary level in two years, junior high in two years, or senior high in one year. The church names a tutor to supervise the activity and is responsible to pay $45 dollars per month to Doulos for each group of 25 students, to cover the cost of administration and paperwork. The Manager of Doulos Foundation, Margarita Rodriguez, coordinates this project with 3 assistants. Six churches are now participating, others will join in 2014.
THE DONORS OR BENEFACTORS
During 2013, generous donors provided for the projects of the Foundation, especially for the students of low income. According to the Manager, from January to December there was an income of $9,900 dollars, an average of $825 per month. There are 75 donors, of which 35 are “active”. Most donors designated funds for scholarships, others to help with the mortgage, and others for the library, or the general fund. We thank God for each donor. Each donation is tax deductible (sent through Community Church in Topeka, Kansas).
Apart from the donation of money, many people have contributed to the Foundation with goods and services that provide a valuable contribution. The library received each month donated Spanish books, either used or new. Businesses that renew their equipment have donated the discarded equipment, and with the technical ability of Gilberto Marroquín, many things have been repaired. If the articles are not needed for the institution they are sold in the garage sale and the income designated for scholarships.
OUR BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN GUATEMALA CITY
We began renting this house in November 1993, located on 4th Avenue 9-66, of Zone 1, Guatemala City, paying $900 dollars per month. The property measures 15 by 35 meters. The classrooms are the “bedrooms”, which can fit from 15 to 26 students each. In November of 2011 a contract was signed with BanRural for a ten year loan to buy the building, paying $2,300 each month. The building has been remodeled as funds permit. Gilberto Marroquín has made the modifications under the supervision of Engineer Heri Muñoz, President of the Foundation. As God provides funds, there are projects to enlarge 3 classrooms removing the attached bathrooms (now used for storage), and building a storage unit on the roof or in some other place.
MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
During 2013, different professionals have served with dedication, to make the decisions that an institution like ours needs to make each month. At present on the Board: Engineer Heri Muñoz (foto left), President, Dr. Samuel Berberian, Vice Presidente; Arq. Eckard Schumann, treasurer; Mirna Mancio-Schumann, secretary; and the other board members: Hugo Ruiz, Martha Berberian, and Dr. Romeo Estrada. Besides the Board, we have two members of the Fiscalization Committee, Ricardo Ubico and David Castañón. They are all committed Christians.
MEET THE ADMINISTRATION AND EDUCATION STAFF
We thank God for each one who works in the Institute, doing his/her part so that all functions in harmony. On staff we have those who work in administration, others are teachers, others work in the library. Edy Joselo Martinez (foto left) is the Technical and Administrative Director of the school, and the general coordinator is Mónica Sandoval (foto right).
The biggest challenge that we have is to manage carefully the expenses of the institution, considering the economic limitation of many of the students, also the low amount of students in the Saturday program. This forces the administrative staff to operate at a very economic level. Our dream is for the institution to become self-supporting through student tuition.
PROJECTION FOR 2014
1. Continue paying the monthly mortgage of $2,300 with the help of generous donors, including members of the Assembly and the Board.
2. Publicize the services the Foundation offers through its three institutions, the Institute, the Library and the Church-Classroom, to extend the service to more people.
3. Promote more economic stability with more donations from generous people (within and without Guatemala) and through improved administration.
4. We continue to dream of acquiring the empty building next door to the Institute (the Stahl building) to have more space for the Institute and Library.
So, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially those of the family of faith. (Galatians 6:10). He who sows generously will harvest generously… (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)