The families in this community scratch out a living by scavenging at the landfill, and their children attend the local school. However, even though these schools serve deeply impoverished children in Guatemala City, it receives little governmental support. It lacks regular maintenance that brings pride and safety for the kids. Also, we are helping poor kids in schools in Morazan, El Progreso. With your help we will keep children safe repairing the schools and providing school supplies for them.
Children from this community go to the elementary school adjacent to the landfill, but the school, and the families, lack almost all basic necessities. The school is the conduit to get these necessities covered. The school lacks basic infrastructure for dignity and safety: ELF has repaired many broken windows in the classrooms, and more repairs are needed.
Parents are not able to provide school supplies or enough food for the children because the little money they get at the landfill. This project will solve the immediate problem of lack of school supplies and food, but we also need to repair the classrooms for children can be confortable and be able to learn.
The project can keep children in school, feed and protected them. The school will better protect children with regular maintenance, and we will see more kids staying in school. I was one of the children who grew up in the streets of Guatemala, and school supplies and food donations can be the difference between life and death. Also, children will be attracted to stay in this school and have a better chance of escaping poverty as I did, from a shoeshine boy eating from the trash to a biologist.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).