BOARD CHAIR (Adriane Ohlde)
became involved with Education and More after learning about the role they play in helping women's groups market their products thereby improving the quality of life for their families and communities. She helps provide insight into product trends and ways to expand the customer base.
I became involved with Education and More after several global building trips to Guatemala and Ecuador. These experiences, though deeply gratifying and educational, left me with the desire to become involved with an organization that would allow me to build long-term relationships with the families that we worked with. Education and More provided that opportunity for me. My background in weaving and home construction allows me to provide insight into both the home improvement missions, and aids in communicating with the artisans about the products that they are weaving.
I became involved with Education and More after being contacted by our founder, whom I knew through Habitat for Humanity. I had been on several mission trips throughout the US, and in South Africa. During a trip to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity, I saw the great need there. Being a teacher, I was especially drawn to the mission of helping poverty stricken children to attend school. Working with our artisans and their children continues to be source of great challenges but also of great joy.
I joined Education and More after being invited to come on a trip to be the translator. I have done other mission work, but none so rewarding as working with Education and More. You really have the opportunity to connect with the people and learn first hand the impact that we are making in the area and to the families we work with. I consider the people that I have met on these trips to Guatemala to be some of my best friends. The Guatemalan people are so open and welcoming and the children touched my heart from day one. It is such a blessing to be working with this organization. I truly feel that God has a purpose for me here.
Hortencia Floridalma Choquaj is the Program Coordinator in Guatemala. Flory has been working for Education And More for over 4 years and handles our Sponsorship Program as well as our Christian Outreach Program. She speaks Spanish and Kakchiquel, is learning English and is an invaluable help to us in our mission in Guatemala. She is attending the University and is studying to become a Clinical Social Worker
Jessica Mendez is a Program Coordinator in Guatemala for Education And More. She handles our Fair Trade handcraft program and helps with all of our Christian Education programs. She will be starting her studies at the University next year.