Intermex Guatemala: Giving back to the community
Every child in Guatemala dreams of going back to school with a new backpack. This
dream came true for over a thousand children in the town of San Miguel Acatan, thanks
to a partnership between Intermex Guatemala and Consejo Migueleño Ichamkonob, a
community organization based in Los Angeles, California. Members are immigrants with
ties to San Miguel Acatan that organize fundraising events to support their community.
In April, our Guatemala team joined forces with Consejo Migueleño to sponsor an initiative
called “The Backpack of your Dreams,” delivering more than 1,000 backpacks, along
with pencil cases and water bottles, to children from 15 different schools. Nearly 800
people attended the event, including the children, their parents, and many members of the
community. School directors organized a cultural event that allowed children to showcase
their talents with songs and poetry.
Intermex Guatemala Sales Manager Byron Estrada was touched by the community’s warm
welcome and gratitude. “This community is very remote; the roads to get there are not in
the best conditions. The community appreciated that we had traveled to support them
and we would love to go back one day,” Estrada said.
The Guatemala team partnered with Light and Hope in San Juan Ixcoy, Guatemala, to
support yet another local initiative with the donation of 200 desks to local schools. Light
and Hope undertakes projects related to educational needs in the rural areas of the
country. According to the Ministry of Education in Guatemala, there is a current deficit of
129,000 school desks and 4,000 teachers in the country. In addition, there are 790 schools
in need of repairs. Intermex made the donation at a small community event on July 17.
General Manager Mauricio Forero stressed the fact that Intermex Guatemala is always
looking for ways to support our customers’ communities. “Through this event we want the
community to understand that Intermex goes beyond the money transfer business.
“The company is sensitive to the needs of the communities where our customers live,”
Forero explained. He added,
“Guatemala has a shortage of 1.5 million school desks; our
donation is only a drop in the bucket, but we know that the
community of San Miguel appreciated it.”