Niños del Lago

Non profit organization
(+502) 7762-1651

Niños del Lago is a Guatemalan works with vulnerable and disadvantaged children. By offering an educational forest camp experience we will provide the opportunity to participate in educational, cultural, creative, and motivational experience aimed to help children to fulfill their potential, dare to dream, and become empathetic future leaders and positive role-models to others.

Girls, Boys, Indigenous peoples, Youth
Education, Children at risk, Health, Entrepreneurship/Business, Environment

Organizational contacts & locations

Claudia Gabriela Rincon Cano
Executive Director
(+502) 5018-0967
Zabdi Pocop Can
(+502) 5532-6548
Francesca Wade
Vice President of the Guatemalan Board
(+502) 5753-4459
Niños del Lago Office, Calle El Chali, 04-89, Zona 02, 
Niños del Lago Camp Site, Carretera a Panajachel, 
San Andres Semetabaj, 

Mission, vision & values


The mission of Niños del Lago is to provide opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged Guatemalan children to fulfill their potential, become positive agents of social change, and empathetic future leaders, through an educational, creative, cultural, mentoring and motivational forest camp experience”.


Our vision is a Guatemala whose children are inspired and empowered to become positive change-makers and empathetic future leaders.

We value honesty, respect, integrity, and solidarity.

Products, services, and programs


We provide a camp service to public and NGO´s and private schools. Because of COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to provide these camps in 2020.


We offer the Journey to the Forest Program. The core of our work is inviting vulnerable and disadvantaged children to be part of an expansive, inspiring, and mentoring educational experience in our unique forest camp, locate d in the Highlands of Guatemala, overlooking the famous Lake Atitlan.

Our Food Aid program aims to supply basic and nutritive food provisions to as many families as we could during this year, 2020. We have and will continue to have monthly distributions of 200 food-aid packages throughout the urban and rural areas of Sololá Department, where our Camp facility is located.

Organizational detail

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Primary issue(s) / need(s) addressed

Niños del Lago, through motivational, educational and health programs, strengthens the full development of Guatemalan children, thus eliminating negative circles of thought and habits, which helps to broaden the general perspective of the child about their environment and encourages them to become agents of change in their communities and country.

The high levels of inequality in Guatemala that promote poverty and extreme poverty due to the little or no access to basic services, food and opportunities that its inhabitants have.

Impact, adaptations & objectives

Impact to date

The impact of Niños del Lago has been to motivate Guatemalan children to dare to take advantage of opportunities, foster their self-confidence and develop their potential to become positive agents of change in their communities.

Every year, Niños del Lago serves an average of 200 children in rural areas with its "A trip to the forest" program, and in response to the food crisis caused by the pandemic, through its "Food Aid" program, it benefits more than 1200 families with the delivery of packages containing nutritious staple foods.

Impact measuring


The beneficiaries of our programs at the end of their participation are able to assess their actions to project their future with self-confidence and promote their school year satisfactorily.

We measure our impact based on written and oral evaluations through discussion and follow-up groups that yield quantitative data and that evaluate the actions of the participants by identifying the needs in their environment and the importance of their actions for the benefit of conflict resolution.

Organizational adaptations: 
Size and/or structure, Key offerings, Mission, vision and/or values
Organizational adaptation details

Size and/or structure

Expansion of boards of directors and creation of the position of Executive Director.

Key offerings

Expansion of programs focused on MOTIVATION, EDUCATION AND HEALTH.

Mission, vision and/or values

Review and update of mission and vision focused on community benefit and effective and efficient use of available resources.

Short term objectives


Expand the coverage of our programs.


Improve care for our beneficiaries.


Improve evaluation and impact mechanisms.

Long term objectives


Double the number of beneficiaries.


Expand the benefits of our programs.


Generate impact in more communities.