Jorge Anibal Chen / CHOICE Guatemala Director
"Each of us is a tool to eliminate extreme poverty"
Among my most cherished dreams as a child was to become a doctor and help all people, but because of life circumstances, this was not going to happen. I was born in Coban, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala in very poor conditions but was surrounded by happiness. My indigenous roots were of the Q’eqchi culture. This was my native born language. I learned Spanish as my second language before I moved to Guatemala City in search of better opportunities for my life.
I realized that as an attorney I could also help all people so I pursued a law degree instead of becoming a doctor. I earned a degree in law and social sciences from University Panamericana and had a very successful private practice for 15 years in Guatemala City. I have always had the desire to return home to serve my people. That desire became a reality when I was offered the opportunity to become the new Director of CHOICE Guatemala in October 2008. I had learned of CHOICE and knew of its programs having been a good friend to Javier Rabanales who was at the time, Director of CHOICE in Guatemala until a tragic accident took his life.
Among the many development projects that I have been involved in over the years, the one I am most proud of is the recently completed Sikaab’e center where entrepreneurship is promoted to young people who are looking for an opportunity to ‘find their way’ through technical and agricultural training. This center is providing the skills and knowledge to enable these young people to secure a decent job. Here they can continue their studies and vocational interests. They can learn to start their own business! My dream is to help these young people overcome their circumstances and help themselves, their families, and their communities break the cycle of poverty. My wife Martha and I are the proud parents of four children: Josue, Elisa, Jorge and Juan Fernando.
Martha Chen / Expeditions Coordinator
Santiago Ical / Rural Development Facilitator / Education Emphasis
Elias Rigoberto Xol / Agronomist / Sikaab’e
Vilma Amarilis Xol / Rural Development Facilitator / Health Emphasis
Wendy Lopez / Accountant / Administration
Olger Guillermo Pop / Director of Production at Sikaab’e
Evert Rodriguez / Administrator of Sikaab’e
Andrea Roy / Project Coordinator / Administrative Assistant