Help us make a difference

All Children need love, kindness and a real chance to develop.

Poverty is the Enemy!

I am Amalia Jarquin, an independent and certified Spanish teacher in Guatemala. I started the non profit organization “Start With a Smile Project ” back in 2014.

Since the beginning we have developed a very close bond with the community, which is why the future of children is very important to me. I know firsthand that education is the most powerful tool for children and their families to have a decent life with more opportunities to develop their skills. When I was a girl I received a scholarship that changed my future and that of my children. That scholarship allowed me to reach my individual potential, it also helped me break cycles of intergenerational disadvantage.

Start with a Smile Project  is nonprofit, apolitical, non-religious, and non-governmental, supports educational projects throughout the year by collecting school materials and cash donations so that young people can attend high school and also we are collecting gifts for Christmas. We have made significant changes in the elementary school with the generous support of many hearts. Your donations at Work 
Poverty in southern Guatemala is a painful reality. The necessities that we take for granted are out of the reach of many families here. We all feel the warmth of the smiles of children. Since 2015 the community Las Delicias in southern Guatemala are our current focus. This community has many basic needs for water, food, education and housing Feed Elderly and Vulnerable people . The children are loving and lovable. The parents do the best they can with what they have, which isn’t much.

Your gift provides help, gives hope and makes a better tomorrow for someone who needs your support and love. Education is the best way to out of poverty. Actually, there are many regions in Guatemala that children are out of school. Many children see their hopes for study as a remote dream.

We invite you to paint smiles and improve the education of children in Guatemala. We seek: dignity, love and solidarity for boys and girls.
We invest the donations in the following way:
• We are improving school facilities for 300 students.
• Recreational and educational activities.
• School supplies,
You can also contribute by bringing donations to Guatemala.

Pack for a Smile Guatemala!

School Supplies: Used computers, markers, fairytales in Spanish, pens, crayons, backpacks, paints, notebooks, etc.
Hygiene Items: Toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, sanitary towels, hygiene kit, towels, etc.
Toys: Dolls, jump rope, toy cars, coloring book, soccer balls, etc.
Food Items: Vitamins, fortified flour or powder milk.
Other: Solar lights, rubber boots, clothes, shoes, sunscreen, caps, socks, sandals, etc.
Thank you for helping us to make a difference in the lives of children, be assured that we take our responsibility as a steward of your funds very seriously. We regularly post photos on our project’s website. 

Please visit our Facebook fan page for photos: Start with a Smile Project 
Instagram: startwithasmileproject 
Web page: start with a smile project 

No matter what amount you're able to give, every donation makes a difference!

We also receive donations by bank account

Thank you, 

Creators of this fundraiser:
Amalia Jarquin, Guatemala
Milana Mack, USA

  • Nicholas Richardson 
    • $100 
    • 11 d
    • $25 
    • 15 d
  • Martine S Jaffe 
    • $50 
    • 15 d
  • Stafford Sheehan 
    • $25 
    • 28 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
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Amalia Jarquin 
St. Petersburg, FL