Newsome Family Community Center

building a community center in CHIMALTENANGO, GUATEMALA

NOW OPEN: See the inauguration celebration of
Guatemala’s newest center!


The Newsome Family Community Center was inaugurated on June 21, 2022.

With plentiful space for activities that teach valuable life skills, an interactive discovery center and library, a kitchen and nutrition learning center, modernized medical and dental clinics and more, the Newsome Family Community Center is ready to provide specialized assistance to thousands of children during the first two decades of their lives.

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To provide support or learn more, please contact our Global Philanthropy Team at:

About the community

Chimaltenango, situated in the Central Highlands of Guatemala, is a mountainous, mostly rural region. The community in which we work faces diverse challenges, ranging from malnutrition to a lack of health care, schools and job opportunities.

Youth — particularly young women — have very few opportunities to succeed. Decades of underfunding and neglect have created an education system that falls far short of meeting the needs of the children who need it most. Many young people drop out of school to work and help their families. For those who don’t drop out, few make it to high school. Higher education is even further out of reach for most youth here due to the prohibitive cost of both public and private universities.

We’re grateful to these donors for believing in our children
and their futures

We sincerely thank our compassionate supporters for providing an oasis of hope and access to opportunities and a caring team for the world’s most precious resource — children and youth.

  • Adam, Melissa & Brantley Newsome and Forrest Babington made this new building possible by providing foundational funding. The center is named for their generous support.
  • Marie and Steve Macadam, in wanting to do something bigger by giving to others, are lead investors. We have named the second floor in their honor. This space includes the employability training center, library and classrooms where children and youth can get help with homework and participate in development programs.
  • Robert Roth funded the interactive discovery center and library, where children and youth can attend tutoring sessions, work on computers, read and let their imaginations run free.
  • Josh Kramer funded the learning area/multipurpose room, a large, flexible space where children’s events, youth and parent workshops, career-readiness training and more take place.
  • Stefanie Newsome funded the first-floor waiting area, which offers a warm welcome to all who walk through the center doors.
  • Norman Grib funded the dental clinic, a vital health care space offering oral health procedures that wouldn’t otherwise be available to most of our children and youth.
  • Todd and Mary Helen Bryant funded the volunteer room, where the most important people at Children International — our volunteers — convene, meet with staff, share ideas and receive training on our programs.
  • James and Jenevieve Mitchel funded the field officers’ office, a dedicated space for our hard-working staff to effectively serve the children, youth and families in the community, as well as assist children and youth in writing letters.
  • Elizabeth D. Cleveland funded the community center coordinator’s office, a dedicated workspace where the center coordinator will manage activities aimed at deepening the engagement and learning experiences of our children and youth.

Our family was overwhelmed by the opportunity to empower the incredible local team with better resources to continue the mission of Children International in Guatemala. The return on investment for the children was easy to see and being a small part of helping in that goal provided us with immeasurable gifts of our own.”

— Adam Newsome,
lead donor and Children International board member

Naming opportunities

Leave a lasting legacy in Chimaltenango by naming one of the rooms still available. The very spaces that are changing the lives of kids will honor you or someone you love. We will highlight your investment with a plaque in the available room of your choice, in addition to adding the room name to our website.

For additional information about the recognition associated with naming opportunities, please contact Global Philanthropy at 800‑888‑4089 or

Chimaltenango center floor plan

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