Primary Education for Mayan Children


Pastoral de la Niñez (The Pastoral Office for Children) began the Educational Support Project for Children with Scarce Economical Resources on January 8th. It is currently providing attention to 178 children from 10 different marginal areas of Cobán, Alta Verapaz. The children are poor and extremely poor and this project has been their only possibility to get an education. The majority of children come from broken homes that have domestic violence problems and some are victims of ethnic discrimination (98% are Qeq’chis) and they are also discriminated for their precarious economic status. Through this project, Pastoral de la Niñez en Desamparo has provided tutoring to children who cannot be assisted at home because 87% of the mothers are illiterate, which makes it difficult for them to help their children with homework and other school activities.

Pastoral de la Niñez has the mission to organize, support and monitor alternatives that contribute to the integral development of vulnerable children and youth in the region. They provide training to become organized and promote their rights to new and better opportunities in life. This Pastoral Office is fulfilling the purpose of its creation through this project.

Please click below to read the full update from Guatemala about results and activities so far in 2007 and plans for the rest of the year.


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La Pastoral de la Niñez en Desamparo

Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Project Leader

Nelida Maldonado

Program Coordinator
Cobán, Alta Verapaz Guatemala

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