As we all know, 2021 was a challenging year at a global level. Which led many organizations around the world to center their donations and income into what's truly necessary and try to maintain projects for what is worth fighting for. At Niños de Guatemala we were able to keep our dream running and it was possible thanks to you and your generous heart, so beforehand, thank you so much for showing your support and kindness to our organization.
The center of our work are our students, in 2021 we prioritized having the three schools efficiently working and providing to our students with the necessary educational tools. As a whole, Breaking the Cycle of Poverty was helpful to operate and maintain our three schools, which benefits the 550 students of Niños de Guatemala. The expenses covered with this project were garbage removal at our three schools, which is not a public service in Guatemala as well as water and electricity bills, workforce especifically to prepare teacher´s cubicles as the new working modality demands having a cubicle covered by glass and wood at a safe distance between each other and maintenance and reparation of water pumps at Nuestro Futuro and El Porvenir schools, as in rural areas water becomes a scarce resource, so it was vital to repair the two water pumps in order to provide with water both schools. These were our priorities in order to be ready to receive the kids back in presence for this school year.
Thanks to all, with your support and solidarity we were able to cover and prioritize these expenses in 2021 to continue providing school facilities to our students and make sure we are ready to receive the kids this school year with all of the necessary goods and services.
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NDG students are still not allowed to go to school due to the risk of getting infected with COVID-19. This situation has pushed our team to keep education running even with the families limitations.
What started as a program only for our oldest students, soon became a source of new ideas that spread within the primary schools. The staff has striven to find ways to connect with their students through the internet, and they have found ways through whatsapp and facebook groups, where they can upload content for their students to interact with.
Even if it has been pretty challenging we see this as an opportunity to provide our young students with digital education, therefore improving the long term impact on them.
In other news, we continue with the food and supplies program at least once a month thanks to generous donations from some of our supporters.
Guatemalan students cannot come to the schools yet to continue their education in a "normal" way due to the incresing COVID-19 cases. However, taking all the care possible and with permission from the education authorities we have had a few opportunities to have some of students at the schools for reinforcement in academic matters.
Just as before, we continue handing out worksheets of every subject to our students every two weeks. Teachers have found better ways to teach their own students through the worksheets and have found support from some of their parents. However we still have parents who cannot read or write so they have the chance to ask the teachers for any help if needed.
Our students from highschool have been using their new tablets for quite some time now and they get content updates every two weeks as well!
In other news, in the last three months 788 bags of food have been distributed within the NDG families that need them the most. We have found a new supplier who provides us with bigger bags that include fresh veggies or fruits.
We want to thank every one of you who has donated for making this possible!
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