Stichting Los Niños

Welcome at our new Los Niños website!

About Los Niños

Los Niños is a registered Dutch foundation that undertakes and supports projects in Guatemala. Our goal is to facilitate educational projects, and to increase the independence and self-supporting abilities of the poorest children and their families.

The foundation has existed since 2002, when Ana-Maria Ackermans and Carla Nolte met in Antigua. Seeing the poverty, hardships and lack of education, they decided to dedicate their energy and love to the children and people who need it most. The central pillar of support is education, as it is the key to rising above the state of poverty. We focus on building, expanding and improving schools for children without resources. Support also includes scholarships for secondary and vocational education. Furthermore, we aim to directly improve the living conditions of children at home by giving attention to, among others, nutrition, hygiene and medical care.


The Los Niños Foundation board comprises seven members, and is based in the Netherlands. The board helps with fundraising and advice on new initiatives.

In Antigua, the development aid is carried out by Ana-Maria Ackermans and Christel Tinselboer (Management Team)

With the help and dedication of many volunteers, they support the local teachers and other professionals.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are very happy to welcome volunteers in our educational projects. Most volunteers assist local teachers at the school in the village of Alotenango (situated 20 min. from Antigua).

The requirements for volunteers are:

  • Availability of (at least) 8 weeks in a row
  • A minimum age of 20
  • Ability to speak Spanish at intermediate level

To help you reach the level of Spanish required, we can organise Spanish classes in Antigua at Zamora Spanish school ( Costs are US$ 105 per week* for 20 hours of private tuition. Whilst studying and working you can stay with a host family (US$ 70 per week*).
* rates are subject to change

If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact Los Niños via e-mail and we will send you an Application Form and our Voluntary Work Agreement.

Here you can find some extra information for working as a volunteer in Guatemala.

Supporting Los Niños

Our activities in Guatemala are all financed by private sponsors. Donations are carefully managed by our board. Financial support is crucial to be able to guarantee a better future for the children in Guatemala.

You can help us by becoming a donor! For example:

  • - A donation of 5, 10, 15 dollars a month
  • - A donation for a specific project
  • - A donation for the general support of unspecified projects

You can transfer your donation directly to the bank account of our Foundation "Stichting Los Niños". The BIC or SWIFT code of our bank is: RABONL2U. The IBAN number of our account is: NL94RABO0166820709.

Thank you for supporting Los Niños!

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Fundación Los Niños
Asociación Los Niños

Ana-Maria Ackermans

Office: CasaSito
Calle del Virrey, lote 37C
03001 La Antigua, Guatemala
Telephone: (00502) 7832-0829
E-mail :

Stichting Los Niños
Caroline Zur Lage, voorzitter
Vooreind 9
5096 BC Hulsel
Tel. 013-5703013