Project Managers: Timothy Martiny Sharie Martiny
Cadanino (English translation “Every Child”) was founded in 2007 by Timothy and Sharie Martiny. Its primary focus is to provide educational and vocational training to underprivileged and orphan children in Guatemala.
There are an estimated 400,000 orphans in Guatemala. For these children the future is an uncertain one. While almost 60% of children in Guatemala never complete primary school, among those that do finish, pursuing higher education is difficult, if not unattainable. With education as a ladder to success, Cadanino has made it their mission to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to climb that ladder.
Cadanino’s hands-on programs offer practical life skills training to teenage girls and boys, enabling students to achieve a better quality of life and access gainful employment opportunities. The program also focuses on fostering positive qualities such as self-confidence, personal motivation, and integrity, which boosts their ability to overcome marginalization and resulting lack of self-esteem, often prevalent in impoverished communities.
Vocational training programs have been held weekly at five locations in Guatemala City, including woodworking, CNC engineering, culinary arts, English, computer literacy and IT skills. Additionally, teachers are able to learn or upgrade IT skills through the provided computer training for adult caregivers.
Cadanino also regularly participates in food and clothes distribution to those in need at orphanages, as well as families in impoverished communities.