riendeau2013 AHS graduate Jennifer Riendeau is already a veteran philanthropist.  Having traveled to Guatemala last March to help the Santo Domingo community in Guatemala, she has joined a new organization, Worthy Village, with which she’ll return to Guatemala this coming March.

Worthy Village is a nonprofit organization dedicated to provided impoverished women and children of Guatemala with a better quality of life. The group works through education and entrepreneurship. Worthy Village works with a group of 40 women who gather together on a daily basis to hand-craft beautiful products including bags, sandals, scarves, etc. With little to no economic opportunity in or near the village, these talented women were left in poverty.

Worthy Village acts as an intermediary between the artists and consumers. They’ve created economic opportunity for these women by importing the products to the U.S. for retail sales here online at www.worthyvillage.org.  All profits are sent back to the Worthy Women of Guatemala.

Worthy Village has implemented the Worthy Village Healthcare Initiative in the village of San Juan la Laguna. They educate all of the women and their children on basic worthyhealthcare, hygiene, and provide them with toothbrushes and toothpaste. Worthy Village has also made an assessment of the education level for children in the village, and will be implementing an after school program in January of 2015. Here, the children can come for tutoring, homework help and extracurricular activities.

Further, the group works in different villages teaching seminars on health, business and opportunity. They also supply hygiene products to villages and orphanages throughout the country.

Riendeau will be traveling to Guatemala with Worthy Village in March  to assist with this philanthropic work. She plans to be teaching in villages, doing work in orphanages and striving to leave a positive impact on Guatemala. She will also be starting her own orphanage initiative.

The goals are aggressive, but the group believes they can be achieved through hard work and dedication. Riendeau is also hoping for support from friends, family and community to help sponsor her trip.  The cost is $1500 and according to Riendeau, “anything you can give will make a difference.”

If you would like to make a donation, you can contact Riendeau at jenriendeau95@gmail.com.