First Desk - a desk for every child

$5,310 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 39 months
Hello,

We are excited to introduce you to FIRSTDESK. What began as a request to help two small schools in a sleepy Guatemalan fishing village has caught fire and resulted in the FIRSTDESK foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring a love of learning amongst children throughout the world. We continue to work with schools throughout Guatemala but have also began work in Ecuador and are working with partner organizations to expand into Uganda.


We have been overwhelmed with all the support we have received to date from both individual donors and corporate partnerships. Thanks to corporate sponsors we are able to committ 100% of individual donations directly into classrooms, and while the cost per desk varies somewhat by country it still equates to roughly $20 per desk.


These children greatly need your help! Education is the key for providing a helping hand to these communities & the desks are the first step to making that possible for each child.

We greatly appreciate any and all support you are able to offer. The need is great (including much more than desks; clean water, bathrooms, books, new roofs, doors, windows etc) but chairs/desks is a fantastic place to start.  We have resources in place to handle logistics at even the largest scale so please help us today!
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Hello Everyone!

Thanks again for all your support! As many already know, we delivered desks to the first two schools and it was a great success. Work is underway for the next deliveries and we have set up a non-profit organization called First Desk.

I have attached a video we made from the first trip below. There is still great need and as always we appreciate your support and sharing this with others!
First Desk Foundation
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Thanks again to everyone for your support. I have been flooded with emails and photos from school administrators and teachers throughout Guatemala reconfirming the huge needs that still exist. Just in the last 24 hours I have been in contact with more than 30 schools scattered across the country. Below are a few of the photos they sent yesterday.

Thanks to your help we have already made a difference with 2 schools and have 3 more underway. In order to adequately respond to the scope of this project we are establishing the "First Desk" foundation - for more information on "First Desk" you can follow us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/1stdesk
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Huge thanks to all who helped in providing desks to the first 2 schools last week. The students and teachers were thrilled! We were able to deliver 100 desks to elementary schools in El Rosario and El Dormido on the pacific coast of Guatemala. Plus, we are already placing an order for 150 more desks (2 to 3 more schools).

Many thanks for helping and spreading the word. The need is great and we are just getting started. With a $20 investment you can provide a desk for a child!
New desks in El Rosario classroom
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Project update - we are delivering desks to the first two schools early next week. Photos will be posted soon.
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Heidi Jo Sherman
37 months ago
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We have auctions here in Prescott AZ that get rid of classroom desks when the schools upgrade. It would be worth looking into, really good deals. LDS organizations might also be worth looking into :)

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Francisco Jose Salazar Lima
37 months ago

Es de agradecer a todo aquel que tenga voluntad de ayudar pero, en realidad este problema es una arista de lo que sucede en Guatemala, si de solo pupitres fuera, como estos y los padres ya hubieran resuelto pero, el problema es que se supone que entra un gobierno que quiere vivir solo de ayudas pero nunca con la verdad. Se sabe que tenemos un atraso respecto a servicios basicos, donde ha sido el crimen organizado, gobierno dee turno y los mismos que han provocado deficit fiscal, deudas eternas a traves de bonos, ha incrementado una burocracia infernal que no deja para inversion entonces, ¿Sera el problema de unos pupitres o sera que nadie le quiere entrar a la verdad?. Cierto es que se agradece las voluntades pero lo que se necesita que los de gobierno ganen sueldos acordes con la verdad, sin plazas fantasmas, sin la burocracia electorera y que se larguen los del crimen organizado en fin, que desaparesca la corrupcion. Respecto a los mismos como son los del poder que entiendan que Dios los puso alli poer algo, cosa que Maria Antonieta y Luis olvidaron. Viva Gandhi.

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Ryan Williams
37 months ago

Hello Julia - el Rosario is 12 kilometer past Monterrico (along the pacific coast towards el salvador).

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Julia Bartlett
37 months ago

Where is this aldea Rosario, please?

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$100
Neil Valentine
28 months ago

Amazing foundation and cause!

$20
André Garcia
33 months ago

To the Kids!

$100
Anonymous
37 months ago
$1,000
Anonymous
37 months ago
KC
$20
Katherine Christensen
37 months ago

Ryan (you will always be Elder Williams to me), I am so impressed with how you are helping our brothers and sisters in Guate. Thanks for doing something that is needed and meaningful!

CW
$20
Casey Williams
37 months ago

Love the cause!

Heidi Jo Sherman
37 months ago
1
1

We have auctions here in Prescott AZ that get rid of classroom desks when the schools upgrade. It would be worth looking into, really good deals. LDS organizations might also be worth looking into :)

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Francisco Jose Salazar Lima
37 months ago

Es de agradecer a todo aquel que tenga voluntad de ayudar pero, en realidad este problema es una arista de lo que sucede en Guatemala, si de solo pupitres fuera, como estos y los padres ya hubieran resuelto pero, el problema es que se supone que entra un gobierno que quiere vivir solo de ayudas pero nunca con la verdad. Se sabe que tenemos un atraso respecto a servicios basicos, donde ha sido el crimen organizado, gobierno dee turno y los mismos que han provocado deficit fiscal, deudas eternas a traves de bonos, ha incrementado una burocracia infernal que no deja para inversion entonces, ¿Sera el problema de unos pupitres o sera que nadie le quiere entrar a la verdad?. Cierto es que se agradece las voluntades pero lo que se necesita que los de gobierno ganen sueldos acordes con la verdad, sin plazas fantasmas, sin la burocracia electorera y que se larguen los del crimen organizado en fin, que desaparesca la corrupcion. Respecto a los mismos como son los del poder que entiendan que Dios los puso alli poer algo, cosa que Maria Antonieta y Luis olvidaron. Viva Gandhi.

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Ryan Williams
37 months ago

Hello Julia - el Rosario is 12 kilometer past Monterrico (along the pacific coast towards el salvador).

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Julia Bartlett
37 months ago

Where is this aldea Rosario, please?

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