As of January 1, 2021, Creamos will implement an Adult Education Program, enrolling 230 adults in government-accredited elementary, middle and high school. This program ensures that everyone has the opportunity to study, no matter their age, gender, economic status or background.
There are 60,000 people living in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump that survive by salvaging garbage to resell, risking their lives for less than $3 per day. As a result, most individuals drop out of school before the age of 10 to work in the dump, resulting in an average education level of 4th grade. Due to such low literacy rates, compounded by extreme poverty, only 6% of the community has formal employment. With your support, Creamos will change this for 230 adults.
This program was designed to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to study, no matter their age, gender, economic status or background. It addresses the community's explicit goal of increasing their level of formal education in order to bolster their employability in the formal sector, achieve dignified incomes, and support their children in their educational pursuits. The program incorporates free childcare, flexible schedules, and tutors - all vital to supporting this unique population.
Securing employment within the formal sector is nearly impossible without a high school degree. Achieving a high school diploma, would allow these adults to engage in formal employment through which they receive a living wage, health insurance, and other government benefits. In addition, access to formal education will contribute to breaking the cycle of low educational attainment in the target community, as parents will be better positioned to support their children in staying in school.