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04/09/2014

Guatemalan delegation in Colombia

ALAS FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE. Bogotá, Colombia. September 2, 2014. The First Lady of Guatemala, Rosa Maria Leal de Perez, and the President of TIGO Foundation Guatemala, Mario Lopez, visited the country in the interest of learning about Colombia’s early childhood initiatives. During their stay, they had the opportunity to find out about the National Strategy for Integrated Early Childhood Care called “Zero to Always” and to participate in the inauguration of the Olaya Herrera Child Development Center located in Bogota. The inaugural event was chaired by the First Lady of Colombia, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos, who reiterated the government’s commitment to continue expanding coverage in comprehensive care for children under age five living in vulnerable conditions.

This important Guatemalan entourage’s visit was coordinated by ALAS Foundation within the framework of our most recent alliance with MILLICOM and TIGO Foundation aimed at promoting early childhood development in Guatemala. During these two days, Juan Antonio Pungiluppi, ALAS’ Executive Director, explained the benefits of public-private partnerships in favor of early childhood and also led discussions that helped unify criteria for the implementation of a joint project in Guatemala.

This meeting demonstrates significant progress in the synergy between ALAS and our allies, the Government of Guatemala. A committee of officials responsible for the development of early childhood educational policies within the government of Guatemala was also present for this visit.

In addition, the Guatemalan delegation visited the San Agustin Child Development Center located in the town of Sopo, Cundinamarca. They were welcomed by the Executive Director of the Carulla-aeioTU Foundation, Nathalia Mesa, as well as ALAS’ General Deputy Director, Maria Mercedes Liévano. Together they presented the model of care offered in the centers operated by the Alliance First Things First (Carulla Foundation aeioTU, Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, Barefoot Foundation, Bancolombia Foundation and ALAS Foundation.

Reflecting on the outcome of the event, María Mercedes Liévano, ALAS’ General Deputy Director stated: “It is very important to ALAS that our partners learn about other successful Latin-American experiences, this can motivate them to lead processes in their own countries. In that respect, this meeting could not have been better! Colombia’s early childhood strategy ‘Zero to Always’ has become a regional reference for public policy and the early childhood development centers that have been built are examples of innovation and quality. The opportunity to bring together leaders from business and government sectors that are all interested in contributing to the improvement of quality in the provision of early childhood services in Guatemala, is invaluable.”


In the first picture (left to right): Juan Antonio Pungiluppi (Executive Director, ALAS Foundation); Mario David López Estrada (President, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Ana María Pérez de López (President’s wife, TIGO Foundation); Rosa María Leal de Pérez (First Lady of Guatemala); María Mercedes Liévano (General Deputy Director, ALAS Foundation); Melanie Marie Reimers Staebler (Executive Director, TIGO Foundation Guatemala).




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In the picture above (left to right): Rosa María Leal de Pérez (First Lady of Guatemala); María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos (First Lady of Colombia).


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In the picture above (left to right): Andrea Echavarría (Executive Director, Carlos and Sonia Haime Foundation); María Cristina Trujillo (High Presidential Council for Special Programs, Government of Colombia); Carlos David Castro (President of the Board of Directors of aeioTU); Ximena Tovar (Executive Director Funtalentum); Nicole Wilches (Salud Total Group); María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos (First Lady of Colombia); Rosa María Leal de Pérez (First Lady of Guatemala); Nathalia Mesa Gartner (Executice Director, Carulla Foundation aeioTU); Mario David López Estrada (President, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Ana María Pérez de López (President’s wife, TIGO Foundation); Juan Carlos Franco (Director, Fundación Mario Santo Domingo); María Mercedes Liévano (General Deputy Director, ALAS Foundation); Melanie Marie Reimers Staebler (Executive Director, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Juan Antonio Pungiluppi (Executive Director, ALAS Foundation); Cristina Plazas Michelsen (General Director, Colombian Family Welfare Institute – ICBF).


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In the picture above (left to right): Juan Antonio Pungiluppi (Executive Director, ALAS Foundation); Mario David López Estrada (President, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Ana María Pérez de López (President’s wife, TIGO Foundation); Sandra Lorena Molina Morales (First Secretary and Consul, Embassy of the Guatemala to Colombia); Marta Patricia Obando García (Social Works Secretariat of the Office of the President of Guatemala); Rosa María Leal de Pérez (First Lady of Guatemala); Silvia Raquel Vielman de Alcazar (Social Welfare Secretariat of the Office of the President of Guatemala); Melanie Marie Reimers Staebler (Executive Director, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Hector Iván Espinoza Farfán (Ambassador of Guatemal to Colombia); María Mercedes Liévano (General Deputy Director, ALAS Foundation).


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In the picture above (left to right): Melanie Marie Reimers Staebler (Executive Director, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Rosa María Leal de Pérez (First Lady of Guatemala); Mario David López Estrada (President, TIGO Foundation Guatemala).


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In the picture above (left to right): Nathalia Mesa Gartner (Executice Director, Carulla Foundation aeioTU); Rosa María Leal de Pérez (First Lady of Guatemala); Ricardo Jerónimo Valderrama Fonseca (Municipal Mayor of Sopo).


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In the picture above (left to right): Hector Iván Espinoza Farfán (Ambassador of Guatemal to Colombia); Silvia Raquel Vielman de Alcazar (Social Welfare Secretariat of the Office of the President of Guatemala); Verónica Sandoval (Coordinator, San Agustín Center in Sopo); Marta Patricia Obando García (Social Works Secretariat of the Office of the President of Guatemala); Rosa María Leal de Pérez (First Lady of Guatemala); Ana María Pérez de López (President’s wife, TIGO Foundation); Melanie Marie Reimers Staebler (Executive Director, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Kristi Maria Romero (Project Coordinator; ALAS Foundation); Sandra Lorena Molina Morales (First Secretary and Consul, Embassy of the Guatemala to Colombia); Nathalie Rodríguez Peña (Secretary of Education, Sopo’s Mayor’s Office); Silvia Maldonado Párraga (Social Advisor, Sopo’s Mayor’s Office); Óscar Rojas Mayorga (Secretary for Integral Development, Sopo’s Mayor’s Office); María José Rubio (Director of Alliances, Carulla Foundation aeioTU); Mario David López Estrada (President, TIGO Foundation Guatemala); Nathalia Mesa Gartner (Executice Director, Carulla Foundation aeioTU); María Mercedes Liévano (General Deputy Director, ALAS Foundation); María Adelaida López (Director of Pedagogy, Carulla Foundation aeioTU); Ricardo Jerónimo Valderrama Fonseca (Municipal Mayor of Sopo).


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