Education for the Children helps support La Escuela de Esperanza (The School of Hope) in Jocotenango, Guatemala. We focus on providing an education, healthy nutrition, clean water, medical care, and psychological support to more than 650 students and their families from one of the poorest areas in Guatemala. These funds will help us cover the costs of nutritious food, qualified teachers, necessary school supplies, psychological therapy and support, vital medications, and water filters.
Low education rates in Guatemala perpetuate a cycle of poverty. Only 60% of Guatemalans complete 5th grade and 69% of Guatemala's Maya indigenous peoples are illiterate. With a need for children to earn money in order to supplement the family's income, many children are not able to attend school. Even when kids go to school, many of them are under- or malnourished (46% of Guatemalan kids suffer the consequences of malnutrition). This project educates and feeds 650+ of our students and families.
Our activities include: 1. Providing education to students in K-9th grade; 2. Providing two nutritious meals per day; 3. Providing career counseling, internships, interview practice, etc. to our graduates; 4. Providing bus transportation funds to our students; 5. Cost-sharing of medical care; 6. Providing psychological support; 7. A safe house for students and families in crisis; 8. Supporting our graduates via scholarships; 9. Providing water filters to all families.
We will be able to continue educating more than 650 students and graduates to ensure that they have the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. These students will be able to be successful in their educations because we'll be able to provide them healthy food, clean water, medical care, and psychological support. Through this program, we will provide support to an entire community of families.