Sep 12, 2020

The uncertain Future Girls!

The pandemic could trap a generation of girls in a cycle of poverty and deprive Guatemala the talents and ideas that girls have to develop.

The future is still uncertain and challenging for everyone. For the girls, boys and young people of Guatemala it is more than that. Years of progress are unraveling, especially for the country's girls and adolescents. When they do not go to school, in addition to falling behind in their schooling, they lose a space where they can be safe and develop fully; contributing reasons for many of them not returning to school, even if all restrictions are lifted.

They are facing higher risks of violence every day and that is why it keeps us going and not stopping!

We continue to work tirelessly in favor of girls, adolescents and young women in Guatemala. To date, we have benefited more than 265,000 people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, in 600 communities in the country, delivering 8,800 food rations and 37,000 hygiene kits, in Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Escuintla, Jalapa and Quiché. In addition, health supplies, biosafety, and informative material are provided to the personnel of the Guatemalan Health System, in areas where Plan maintains active operations.

We have rethought the programs implemented before COVID-19, to first ensure the safety and health of girls and adolescents, and thus be able to restart our work in favor of their education, food and nutritional security, health and hygiene.

But that is not enough, we need you to continue supporting the families most affected by the crisis. Donate now.

Aug 28, 2020

Education transforms lives!

Leidy's family is of scarce economic resources. She is the youngest of four children. Her family does not have the support of her father, who abandoned them when she was very young. However, her mother has made many efforts to provide for the family, like selling tortillas and tamales.

This particular circumstance limits Leidy's possibilities to continue her studies; however, and despite poverty, her mother makes many efforts to support Leydi's education. 

Leidy says she is very happy and grateful because thank to you, she will receive financial support to continue her high school studies.

Plan International, through the scholarship project for secondary education, is supporting Leidy for the second year in a row to continue her studies. This support makes her very happy because this is part of her struggle to achieve her dreams. “I have used my scholarship fund to buy a pair of shoes, the uniform and the payment of five installments of the school. I am very grateful because, for my family, the support we receive from Plan is very valuable” says Leidy. 

Leidy is aware that education transforms lives. She is very motivated to be a distinct student at her school and will strive to become a professional, work hard and help her family. She says “my dream is to graduate as an elementary school teacher, earn a bachelor's degree, and become a lawyer and notary public”. 

May 4, 2020

I am Irma and I am an entrepreneur!

When a girl completes her 9 years of education, they will be able to decide their life project and their income will increase by 20% when they are adults.

With your support Irma achieved to complete their 9 years of education and now she wants to tell you her story:

I am Irma, I am 16 years old and I live in the department of Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.

My father, my mother and my 5 sisters compose my family. My father is a farmer and my mother is a housewife. Because my parents do not find a formal job the situation gets harder and we find difficulty on finding economic resources. That is why is not enough to support me with my education.

Thanks to the support with the scholarship, I completed my studies in secondary school, which was one of my dreams.

I loved going to school and I got good grades. I learned the Queqchi language and now ¡I am bilingual!

I also took advantage of other professional development spaces, such as entrepreneurship training.

We been saving money with all my family and we have achieved to open a little grocery store.

This entrepreneurship will help me to thrive and I will be able to continue my studies in high school and become a teacher, so I could give to all the children in my community the opportunity of receive education and in the future, they will get better opportunities, just like me.

¡Only because of your help I could achieve my goals! –Irma

Thanks to this project and the contribution of all of you, Plan International Guatemala was able to deliver 32 scholarships for secondary school, located in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala.

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