Most indigenous children in Guatemala never get the chance to finish grade school - only 22% even reach the sixth grade. Those enrolled in school are often hungry or sick and unable to concentrate and learn. Girls who attend school at all frequently drop out at very early ages to work or care for younger siblings. Most boys also must leave school to work. Pueblo a Pueblo creates lasting change in the communities where we work by providing access to education for children in need.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Extreme poverty among Mayan families in the Western Highlands of Guatemala forces many families to withdraw their children from school at young ages to work. Some families cannot afford school supplies or shoes, and never send their children to school at all. Lost knowledge of family farming practices means malnutrition and seasonal hunger. Poor hygiene habits cause children to suffer from deadly, preventable illnesses.
How will this project solve this problem?
Pueblo a Pueblo creates lasting change in communities where we work by providing health and education for women and children. We work closely with elementary schools and community leaders to benefit over 1,050 Maya children. Our programs deliver nutritious meals and school supplies, teach children about organic gardening and growing healthy food, provide a school library and literacy education, and supply the facilities and education needed to form good hygiene habits and stay healthy.
Potential Long Term Impact
By addressing the three factors that intensify poverty and marginalization of the Maya people in the Western Highlands--illiteracy, chronic malnutrition, and poor health care--our programs will provide a solid foundation to build generations of literate, healthy individuals who can take charge of the own futures.
Total Funding Received to Date: $15,311
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,189
Total Funding Goal: $24,500