Our ranks of children in our projects sped past 500 this year, with over 50 starting secondary school. This for children who would never have had primary education, is a huge thankyou to everyone involved. Many, when asked, want to become teachers, so with us giving them that helping hand financially, these dreams can become a reality.
2008 has seen a record number of children entering secondary school in our projects in Guatemala, with the number close to 50. What's more, almost 10 children are now in Teaching College, so bringing the education full circle. In 2009 it is hoped that over 50 children will be attending secondary school from our projects, with this figure set to rise to almost 500 in the next 5 years.
Thank you all to those who have kindly donated so far. Why not consider joining volunteers out in Guatemala and helping on the ground?
From December 2007 all our children in Guatemala now receive primary education in the local schools and some for secondary for the 2008 educational year. We are now embarking on scholarships for secondary school and "carrera" or college. Our aim over the next year is to legalise our own schools and hire our own teachers (ex-students) to run the primary and secondary schools. It is a huge project, though one I feel together we can accomplish.
GVI and their volunteering scheme covers hundreds of children to go through primary education and also receive extra food and materials for school. Over the last few years through the GVI-Charitable Trust we have increased this commitment both in terms of numbers and scope. What this means in real terms is that many many more children are receiving a primary and secondary education, the chance they all deserve for a proper childhood and a way to break out of the cycle of poverty that is especially prevalent in the indigenous communities. To date we have raised over $75,000 from ex-volunteers, corporate donors and fundraisers, but with the ever growing numbers of kids, it is more and more important to get a long term solution in place and fund our own secondary school.
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