Mar 21, 2020

Staying Strong During the Pandemic

Preparing Work Packets For Students
Preparing Work Packets For Students

First, let me say that we hope all of our supporters are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times. Please, take care of yourselves and your families! 

At The School of Hope in Guatemala, we have had to move to remote learning because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.  While Guatemala has not been hit as hard as other areas of the world, there are confirmed cases in the country, and the government is taking appropriate (though difficult) measures to contain the spread of the virus and protect the health of as many Guatemalans as possible. One of those precautionary measures was closing all schools for 3-4 weeks.  This means The School of Hope will be closed until at least the Monday after Semana Santa (which is always a week-long school vacation for us). 

Our amazing School Director, Sara Miller, had already devised a plan for just such an occurrence, and so we were well prepared and organized when the school was directed to close. Our wonderful staff and teachers jumped into action, preparing take-home work packets for each student and a hamper of basic supplies for each family.  Just this past week, each family came by the school to collect their food hampers, and some of our staff made the rounds, delivering the work packets to each child. 

Our staff and teachers are now all working from home - and trust me...they're working!  All of them have jumped into developing and improving lesson plans, career counseling materials, and even sewing new mops to keep the school clean. It is an understatement to say we have a wonderful staff - the team at The School of Hope is unmatched!

Of course, these issues are going to have some financial consequences.  We're still paying the full salaries of all our employees, and paying the scholarships that our further education students require.  We're doing what we can to make sure all of our families have the food and healthcare they need, and our awesome social services team continues to monitor and provide support to our students and families who need it. We are, quite literally, all in this together! 

If you have the ability to donate right now to ensure that we can continue to support our students and their families, that would be amazing. We understand that things are a bit scary and uncertain for all of us right now – but any little bit helps and will go a long way in Guatemala!

Food Hampers Ready For Our Families
Food Hampers Ready For Our Families
Our Dedicated Staff Are Hard At Work
Our Dedicated Staff Are Hard At Work
Work Packets Ready To Be Delivered To Students
Work Packets Ready To Be Delivered To Students

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Feb 3, 2020

We Have Met Our Goal!

Thanks to you and some community-based donors, we have met the financial need to complete the remodeling of our four student bathrooms!  Construction on the first two bathrooms happened in December and January, and was ready for the students' return for the 2020 school year. The students and teachers were so thrilled and excited to see a pair of clean, modern, sleek bathrooms ready for them to use.  

Because you were all so generous, today we're starting the required work on the remaining two bathrooms.  Pretty soon, all four of our student bathrooms will be like brand new!  They will all have fresh paint, new fixtures, tiled floors and walls, and functioning stall doors. This will turn The School of Hope into an even more welcoming academic home for our students and their families. They will be healthier, happier, and more comfortable. 

Thank you, again, for you generosity and support.  As you know, we wouldn't be able to support the educational aspirations of more than 700 students without you on our team!

Dec 30, 2019

Resting Up for the New Year!

Our students, teachers, and staff are currently on a short summer break - the new school year will begin in mid-January.  This break gives us a chance to pause and consider the amazing things our students and their families have accomplished during the 2019 school year as well as to look forward to the awesome plans we have for the 2020 school year. 

In October, we celebrated the graduation of our 9th graders! This is always a bittersweet ceremony.  We're so proud of these students, who against huge odds have accomplished something that for many of them would have been impossible without your generosity - their sponsors and our great supporters. We'll miss them and their happy energy in the school next year, but we know they're on to big and exciting things and they'll always be a part of the EFTC family. Many of them will continue studying in local high schools, and we'll continue to support them with financial scholarships, career counseling, technological needs, and lots of love and excitement. 

We are looking forward to a new class of "prepa" students joining us for the 2020 school year.  These adorable, energetic, and happy little kindergartners bring immense optimism, hope, and joy into the school. They're wide-eyed, maybe a little nervous, and definitely very excited to start their educations with EFTC - and we're just as excited to be along to support them on their journey!

This time of year is always a busy one for EFTC. We're preparing lesson plans, working out the final details of our budget, decorating classrooms, and trying to grab a few minutes of rest and relaxation before the wonderful and exhilarating controlled chaos of a new school year begins.  We are so glad and grateful that you've decided to join us in this work and support our mission.  It's only because of the generosity of you, our supporters, that these amazing students are able to work with their families to break the cycle of poverty in their communities. Thank you for what you've done in the past to help, and we hope you'll continue to support us for the 2020 school year and beyond!

 
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