Break The Cycle Of Poverty Through Education

 
$6,308
$13,692
Raised
Remaining
Nov 27, 2012

Summer School Success

A volunteer helping one of our children read
A volunteer helping one of our children read

First of all, we would like to thank all of you who have been so generous in the first days of our GlobalGiving campaign.  Your giving makes an enormous difference—as you can see on the GlobalGiving website, we’re already about 10% of the way to our goal and going strong!

We also want to tell you a bit about what the money you donate can help us do.  This week concludes Summer School at both of our schools, a program that has been a resounding success over the past two years.  Summer vacation in Guatemalan schools normally occurs between October and December.  However, we ask our children to come back for a fun-filled, yet educational month of school during November.  The reason we do this is two-fold:  First, it allows us to create positive associations with school for the youngest class that is experiencing school for the first time.  If they love school, they are more likely to come back each day during the school year.  The second, and more important reason that we run Summer School, is because so many of our families are coffee farmers.  November is harvesting season, which means picking coffee from dawn to dusk, for children as well as adults.  If we are able to keep most of them in school (our retention rates during summer school are very positive, around 90%), it means we are able to keep them away from the backbreaking labor that they would otherwise be doing.

Summer School has been a great success for a number of reasons.  We have had wonderful volunteers from all over the world come help us run new and innovative classes for the children, from music class, to break dancing, to basketball.  They have also been a huge help to our Guatemalan teachers in more traditional classes such as Reading, English, Science, and Math.  Summer School has also been a success because we were able to collect enough funds to cover all of our operations.  Most of this money came from individual donors like yourselves.  This allowed us to purchase all the necessary supplies, pay the salaries of our Guatemalan teachers, and cover all other operational costs.

Thank you for your help.  It is making a real impact on the lives of our children, and will continue to do so in the months to come.

Links:

Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Organization

Ninos de Guatemala

Antigua, Sacatapequez, Guatemala
http://www.ninosdeguatemala.org

Project Leader

Megan Kadrmas

Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemala

Where is this project located?

Map of Break The Cycle Of Poverty Through Education