Primary Education for Mayan Children

by La Pastoral de la Niñez en Desamparo


The project helps indigenous families overcome poverty and discrimination to obtain primary school education for their children.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Mercy Corps Guatemala

Organization Information

La Pastoral de la Niñez en Desamparo

Location: Cobán, Alta Verapaz - Guatemala
Nelida Maldonado
Project Leader:
Nelida Maldonado
Program Coordinator
Cobán, Alta Verapaz Guatemala

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Thanks to 26 donors like you, a total of $3,420 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Wonderful!

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