Low education rates in Guatemala perpetuate a cycle of poverty. Only 60% of Guatemalans complete 5th grade. Many children are not able to attend school because they must work to earn money. When kids go to school, 46% of them are malnourished, and many of them suffer the psychological consequences of poverty and trauma. This project provides healthy food, psychological support, healthcare, a safe house, family help, and education to 650+ students and graduates in Jocotenango, Guatemala.
In 2018, we served our 1 millionth meal to students! Nutrition, clean water, medical care, psychological support, career counseling, transportation funds for students, a safe house for students and families in crisis, and scholarships for graduates are some of the different ways that we provide holistic support for our students. Students who are well-fed, have clean water, and are healthy are more successful in school. Only a holistic approach that supports the entire student can be successful.
We will be able to provide the nutrition, medical care, and mental heath support necessary so that our 650+ students can continue receiving a quality education to ensure that they have the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. We know that students who are sick, hungry, anemic, dehydrated, or experience psychological distress simply can't be successful at school, which is why we are currently focusing so heavily on health and nutrition.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
The USA-based arm of Education for the Children
The UK-based arm of Education for the Children