News about Escuela Marina Orth
Maureen Orth – From the 60s to Today: It’s Always Cool to Serve
February 5, 2016

From the Peace Corps Passport blog — Maureen Orth – From the 60s to Today: It’s Always Cool to Serve

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Maureen Orth receives The Order of San Carlos Award from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
September 29, 2015

On September 29 Maureen received from President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia the Order of San Carlos given to Colombian citizens and foreigners who have distinguished themselves by giving outstanding service to the country.          

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Marina Orth receives the Refugees International 2015 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award
April 28, 2015

Our founder Marina Orth received the 2015 McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award from Refugees International, in recognition of her inspiring and sustained commitment to the education and success of the youth of Colombia.   Here’s Marina in the Peace Corps Recruitment Poster from the 60’s that featured Maureen at her school site in Medellin.

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Marina Orth Foundation Celebrates 10 Years
March 19, 2015

In February, Founder Marina (Maureen) Orth brought former Colombia Peace Corps volunteer and Congressman Sam Farr, plus family members who endowed the Steve Bergren Scholarship, to Medellin to celebrate our tenth anniversary. Teachers, students, parents, and community members all participated at three of our schools through performances and interactive exhibits to showcase our groundbreaking work […]

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AUTECO Makes Major Commitment to Marina Orth Foundation
March 7, 2015

AUTECO, the largest motorcycle company in Colombia, has guaranteed US$250,000 towards our goal to institute a model school and ecotourism project in the poverty stricken and isolated Pacific Coast region of Choco. AUTECO has also given us a huge vote of confidence in our existing programs. In the next months, AUTECO will replace 1,500 aging computers […]

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The Steve Bergren Engineering Scholarship Endowment
March 1, 2015

Steve Bergren (1944-2013) had a special place in his heart for Colombia, serving in the Peace Corps and teaching engineering at Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. His legacy will now continue through the Steve Bergren Engineering Scholarship, which awards two scholarships each year to enable two of our students to pursue a five-year engineering degree at […]

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“Faces of Colombia” Exhibit by Volunteer Stephen Tribbel
February 25, 2015

In January, the British artist/photographer Stephen Tribbel, exhibited his work in the Cultural Center of El Carmen de Viboral where he also helps in one of our schools. As part of the exhibit Stephen had his 5th grade students paint their self portraits based on his photo display of them. “Faces of Colombia” was a […]

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Colombian Embassy in USA Honors Our Founder
December 4, 2014

The Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Dr. Luis Carlos Villegas and his wife, Sra. Carmela Restrepo, honored the work of our founder, Marina (Maureen) Orth with a festive five course “Colombian Gastronomic” dinner at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. The delicious fare was prepared by Colombian Chefs, Diego Panesso and Jorge Mario […]

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We Won the Biggie!
November 21, 2012

Marina Orth Foundation school wins $35,000 prize in Best of the Best competition for best rural school in the state of Antioquia, Colombia.

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A Peace Corps volunteer’s journey – Maureen’s Op-Ed in LA Times
February 25, 2011

I think I echo thousands and thousands of people who can thank the Peace Corps for setting us on a path to a more interesting and fulfilling life.

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