Cook Family Community Center

building a community center in Villa Canales, Guatemala


The Cook Family Community Center was inaugurated on October 26, 2016! Thanks to the amazing support of our donors, we opened the doors to this exciting new space, where children and teens will receive care, safely play and study, and learn the skills they need to become empowered to overcome poverty.

There are still opportunities for you to get involved and make a meaningful impact on our kids' lives.

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Villa Canales is now open!


About the new center

The new center, named the Cook Family Community Center (in honor of former CEO Jim Cook), will usher in a brighter future for thousands of kids and teens!

Children International has worked with kids and families in Villa Canales for 23 years, so we’re thrilled to operate in an area where we have so much support from government agencies, community leaders and residents.

About the New Center - Villa Canales

Naming opportunities

A chance to leave a lasting impression on the Cook Family Community Center by naming one of the rooms is still available. The very spaces that are changing the lives of kids will feature the name of you or someone you love.


  • Children's Playground

    Children's playground

    A secure, outdoor space for our younger kids to be kids, have fun and make connections with each other.



    Nutrition center

    This is where we offer advice on how to serve affordable, nourishing meals that help families save money and improve their health. Kids and parents alike get to participate, learn and cook together.



    Community enrichment hall

    The casual gathering space can host a variety of important functions, such as a training space for staff and volunteers. Equally important, it’s where we bring the community together, engaging citizens and building relationships.



    Dental clinic

    No local dental clinics are available to our Villa Canales population. Our clinic will offer both preventive services, as well as restorative treatments.


  • Medical Clinic

    Medical clinic

    A key pillar of our work — the medical clinic ensures kids have access to critical medical services for safeguarding their health.

    Still available to fund!



    In addition to medicines, the pharmacy also houses supplies for reproductive health and health-related educational material.



    Multisport court

    A beautifully designed space that can easily accommodate many children at a time, this is among the most used areas by children and youth. Sports for Development program activities — which encourage fun and exercise while learning important life skills — happen here.


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