Rotary has been one of Ak’ Tenamit’s strongest supporters for decades, and the impact their support has made to the organization is visible. At the heart of this enduring partnership is Rotarian Steve Dudenhoefer, whose journey began in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA, where he hired Guatemalan migrant workers as a landscape contractor. Witnessing firsthand the challenges faced by these individuals and their families, Steve felt compelled to take action. Recently, his decades-long dedication and vision were recognized globally as he was honored as a Champion of Change at the 2024 Rotary Convention in Singapore. This prestigious distinction underscores Steve’s unwavering commitment to service above self, a commitment that has propelled positive change in Guatemala and beyond.

Rotarians’ support of Ak’ Tenamit has been instrumental in driving positive change within the community. Through individual club grants, as well as district and Global Grants, Rotary has provided vital support in various forms, including medical supplies, equipment, solar energy solutions, educational materials, and more. These contributions have not only filled immediate needs but have also empowered the program to thrive and grow. Additionally, Rotary service teams have been coming to Guatemala for decades to help improve Ak’ Tenamit’s infrastructure.

**Ways to Get Involved:**

  1. **Donate:** Consider making a direct donation to support Ak’ Tenamit’s ongoing initiatives. Your contribution can make a meaningful difference in the lives of indigenous communities.
  2. **Sponsor a Student:** Become a student sponsor and provide educational opportunities for young individuals in Guatemala. Your sponsorship can help empower students and pave the way for a brighter future.
  3. **Donate to the Rotary grants:** For current grants, please reach out to Marcin Kubiak at or Riccardo Boehm at

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  1. **Volunteer:** Join Rotary service teams and participate in projects aimed at improving infrastructure and show care to the students. Your hands-on involvement can create lasting impact and foster cross-cultural exchange.
  2. **Advocate:** Raise awareness about Ak’ Tenamit’s initiatives and Rotary’s efforts to support the community. By spreading the word, you can inspire others to get involved and make a difference.

Supported by Rotary clubs and members across the globe, Ak’Tenamit’s existence has been nothing short of transformative to Guatemala’s education system. Through collaborative projects, grants, and the tireless efforts of Rotarians, countless lives have been impacted for the better.

For further information or to get involved, please feel free to reach out to Marcin Kubiak at

As we reflect on the progress made and the lives touched, we celebrate Rotary International’s enduring legacy of service and compassion. Together, Rotarians around the world continue to uplift communities, foster goodwill, and create a brighter future for generations to come.