The project helps indigenous families overcome poverty and discrimination to obtain primary school education for their children.
The project targets vulnerable children and families living in extreme poverty. Mostly Mayan, these families face discrimination based on race, poverty and their lack of formal education. 87% of mothers in the project are illiterate and 98% indigenous. The project will aid 20 school-aged children and their families.
Placement of school-age children in appropriate schools. One day per week of personalized attention for each student, assistance with homework, and counseling. Monitoring of performance and home visits, family counseling as needed.
Our records show that less than 5% of project participants drop out of school. Over 80% advance to next grade. This gives Mayan children a chance to continue their educations, access better jobs and overcome barriers faced by the illiterate.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Mercy Corps Guatemala
La Pastoral de la Niñez en Desamparo
Cobán, Alta Verapaz - Guatemala