Meet Our #GivingTuesday Partner 2016

30 August 2016 • Campus

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Carlos and Armando prepping for their video debutCarlos and Armando prepping for their video debutMeet St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s #GivingTuesday Partner 2016: IEIRA, an online, virtual university in Guatemala, which gives hope and a future to children at Hogar Rafael and San Miguel del Lago, Orthodox Christian orphanages. The university was founded by Igumeni Madre Inés, abbess of the Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Trinity (Monasterio Ortodoxo de la Santa Trinidad) in Guatemala.

Madre Inés realized that children who had to leave these orphanages under her care at age 18 (in accordance with the civil law) needed higher education to prepare them to be productive citizens in society. So, with the blessing of Metropolitan Archbishop Antonio Chedraoui and the academic cooperation of the University of Balamand (specifically related to courses in Holy Scripture), she founded IEIRA, which offers these children hope and a future. The new online university is made by an international core team of 22 committed members and about 50 international professors preparing the online courses  as eBooks.

Carlos and Armando prepping with IEIRA students for future videosCarlos and Armando prepping with IEIRA students for future videosStudents at IEIRA can earn accredited degrees in the fields of education, agriculture, conflict resolution, history, and yes, even in scriptural study. These degrees can open to them a life of purpose and dignity, a life of selfless offering to the broader world.

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 10% of whatever #GivingTuesday donors give to the Seminary will go toward scholarships for boys like Carlos and Armando at Hogar Raphael Ayau. Meet them via this video, and watch their story unfold as we present more videos in the future! [video credit: Colectivo Isla]

Learn more: visit the websites of Hogar Rafael Ayau and San Miguel del Lago, and of Friends of the Hogar Rafael Ayau.