The Germán Saldarriaga del Valle Award

The Germán Saldarriaga del Valle Award

The Marina Orth Foundation is pleased to report that on September 22, 2016, we were given the Germán Saldarriaga del Valle Award. The overall objective of the German Saldarriaga del Valle Award is to celebrate entities or individuals whose focus is on Social Development, Education, Scientific Research and Technology, Health, Culture, Ecology and Environmental Protection, and Sports. The forty-eighth award, given to the foundation, commends the work of institutions and schools who have excelled in their efforts to integrate the family in teaching students, to present innovative educational options, and to apply models…Read more …
Education = Peace

Education = Peace

The Marina Orth Foundation supports the processes of peace building in Colombia. We are convinced that education is the best way to ensure a better future for our citizens. We are currently implementing a peace project in the village of Santa Inés, which lies in the Municipality of El Carmen de Viboral. This remote village (two hours by car followed by 2 hours on horseback from the closest city) has directly experienced the worst kind of armed conflict. With the help of partner organizations, we are ensuring that children have access to technology…Read more …
Visit from the Secretary of Education

Visit from the Secretary of Education

Last Friday, August 12th, the Marina Orth school was honored with the visit of the Secretary of Education of Medellin, Luis Guillermo Patiño, and his delegation. Although the visit was aimed at addressing issues concerning the infrastructure of the school, the Marina Orth Foundation was able to make a sample of what is lived day by day through the project Step by Step, mainly based on the Spelling Bee and Kahoot in teaching English as well as robotics and IT monitors in the area of technology and of course , they could also see…Read more …
International Youth Day

International Youth Day

#InternationalYouthDay | We want to commemorate this special day by recognizing all this talented youth. Thanks to #MicrosfotCOL for their support to #SparkTic that is looking to educate over 200 people in bennefit of this community.Get additional information in hte following link: http://bit.ly/2b30jEC #YouthSpark #YouthDayRead more …
Winners of the Young Talented Women Award

Winners of the Young Talented Women Award

Yineth Vásquez, who graduated from the Marina Orth School, finished in second place in the category of Leadership and Organizational skills to empower communities, groups discriminated against or vulnerable populations. A thousand congratulations to Yineth! She represents our community well and what a great Click the link below to see the interview https://www.facebook.com/SecMujeresMed/videos/648125332002641/Read more …
Our new Executive Director

Our new Executive Director

Welcome Gina! Gina D’Amato H. We are very pleased to announce that Gina D’Amato H will become the new Executive Director of the Marina Orth Foundation, beginning March 1, 2016. Gina, a native of Medellin, has held a number of positions with international organizations and in government. As part of Antioquia’s signature education program, Antioquia La Mas Educada, Gina most recently served as Director of Tourism Development, to teach sustainable tourism in rural areas. She holds two masters degrees in Development from The Hague Institute of Social Studies and Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.…Read more …
Maureen Orth – From the 60s to Today: It’s Always Cool to Serve

Maureen Orth – From the 60s to Today: It’s Always Cool to Serve

My decision to join the Peace Corps at age 20, right off the Berkeley campus, and to go to a place I had never heard of — Medellin, Colombia, gave me the best education I ever got. In those pre-cocaine days, Medellin was merely known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. One Sunday a dramatic posse of five men on horseback dressed in black gaucho hats and traditional wool ruanas galloped up to my door in the barrio. They were leading an extra horse for me. We rode straight up into the mountains…Read more …
Marina Orth recieved the Order of San Carlos from Colombian President Santos

Marina Orth recieved the Order of San Carlos from Colombian President Santos

Last night, in New York City our founder, Mrs. Marina Orth recieved the Order of San Carlos from Colombian President Santos in the residence of the UN Colombian Ambassador, Maria Emma Mejia. The Order of San Carlos, founded in 1954, is awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the nation of Colombia. Specifically, Mrs. Orth received the medal for her service as founder of the Marina Orth Foundation which works in education. The Foundation teaches and trains in English, Technology and Leadership skills using innovative teaching processes. Currently the Foundation works…Read more …
Can the Pope’s New Words Change Washington’s Old Ways? by Maureen Orth

Can the Pope’s New Words Change Washington’s Old Ways? by Maureen Orth

Maureen Orth on the “absolutely jarring but wonderful” sensation that is Francis. Pope Francis lands on U.S. soil and suddenly the official language of Washington and politics and journalism shifts. I keep hearing words like “joy” and “compassion” and phrases like “He speaks service to power.” The vocabulary is positive, the energy and feeling of hope anywhere around the Pope palpable. Turn on the TV and commentators say the Pope radiates empathy and leadership. His little black Fiat becomes the instant symbol of what he stands for: humility and giving to others. In…Read more …

My Return to Medellín by U. S. Representative Sam Farr

In travelling to Medellín after 50 years, there is much emotion in rediscovering a place where for two years I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Castilla, a hillside barrio with little water or light, no school and thousands of displaced people. At first I wondered if I could make it a year; after a year I didn’t want to leave. Upon returning to the U.S. in the 60’s, I experienced culture shock; in February 2015, I was once again suffering culture shock at the changes in Medellín. Poor hillside barrios now…Read more …