Who We Are
Under the Same Moon is the American fund-raising arm of Asociación Bendición de Dios - a nondenominational, nonprofit school and community development organization in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala. The school, Bendición de Dios, educates about 500 children, most of whom otherwise would not be able to afford the $250 in annual costs for the "public" school. The Asociación aims to raise community living standards so that children come to school healthy and well-rested.
Under the Same Moon supports the Asociación Bendición de Dios by collecting donations and selling handcrafted items made by Guatemalan indigenous artisans and locally sourced, fair trade Guatemalan coffee, Dean's Beans. Under the Same Moon works directly with the artisans or artisans' cooperatives to follow fair trade principles and practices. The purchases provide opportunities for greatly improved earnings for the artisans, leading to a more stable economic well-being.
Our story began in 2006. After adopting a child from Guatemala, Rebecca Center, a bilingual educator in Framingham, MA, began a collaboration with a school, Bendición de Dios, in San Juan Alotenango. Read more about our history.
Meet our dedicated team, including our Board of Directors, administrators and staff in the US and in Guatemala. Meet our team.
Under the Same Moon supports the Asociación Bendición de Dios by soliciting donations, selling handcrafted items made primarily by indigenous artisan cooperatives in Guatemala, and selling Dean's Beans, fair trade Guatemalan coffee. Read more about our current programs.
In June 2003, Los Ninos, a Dutch foundation, began providing economic support for Bendición de Dios. See our partners.