Break The Cycle Of Poverty Through Education

by Friends of Ninos de Guatemala Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


Ninos de Guatemala (NDG) provides underprivileged children with an education. NDG runs two primary schools and a secondary school which house over 500 Guatemalan children that would otherwise not have been able to go to school. The organization strives to be self-sustainable due to several business initiatives such as a Spanish school and tourist activities.

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Families that live in extreme poverty often see school as an impossible cost. Even public school carries costs, including books, uniforms, and transportation. Because parents have not experienced the increases in earnings, quality of life, and personal dignity that come from education, they don't know what they are missing by pulling a child out of school to work instead. This is why it's a cycle: children who grow up without education are less likely to send their own children to school.


By offering a quality education, NDG makes it easier for families to decide to send their children to school. Our well-trained teachers, free nutritious snacks, extracurricular opportunities and practical curriculum give families more value when they enroll their children. Also, NDG's social workers teach families about the value of education and allow them to experience it themselves through our Parents School. This helps maintain student retention rates and engage the community simultaneously.

Long-Term Impact

By providing a generation of Guatemalans with a quality education, NDG replaces a vicious cycle with a virtuous one. Instead of poverty sowing the seeds for still more poverty, education today will create an environment that leads to opportunities and education for successive generations as well. Instead of leaving school to work 14-hour days in the coffee fields, children will have the chance to raise their income, engage their intellectual curiosity, and live in a more stable society.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Friends of Ninos de Guatemala

Location: Antigua, Sacatapequez - Guatemala
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Project Leader:
Zita Tangel
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$14,751 raised of $20,000 goal
328 donations
$5,249 to go
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