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by The Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC)
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala
After 10 years, we need to replace our bathrooms!
After 10 years, we need to replace our bathrooms!

This week, our students are back from a week-long mid-year break. Luckily our teachers and staff were able to take the week to recuperate - because now that the students are back, the excitement and energy is palpable!

There are lots of exciting things happening at The School of Hope in Jocotenango, Guatemala.  We're preparing to say farewell to our current school director and co-founder, Sophie McKee, who is leaving the daily direction of the school to others but will always be an important member of the EFTC family. After dedicating so many years of her life to EFTC, we wish her well and we're excited to see what comes next for her! One fantastic way to thank Sophie for her years of service would be to make a donation to the foundation in her name, which I hope you'll consider. 

Sara Miller, our current Director of Development and former Volunteer and Visitor Coordinator, will be stepping into the role of directing the school.  We're incredibly lucky to have Sara taking the helm and leading us into the future!  She brings with her years of experience with The School of Hope, as well as time in Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer. 

In addition to welcoming Sara as our new director, The School of Hope is in the process of making some much needed repairs. We've just started a campaign to raise the funds to repair the school's bathrooms, and I hope you'll take the time to learn more about this here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/its-time-to-upgrade-our-bathrooms-eftc/.  We're also painting all of our classrooms and interior patio walls, and we're all proud of the gorgeous new sky blue paint recently applied to our exterior walls. Finally, we hope to have the funds and support to replace the school's roof soon. We love our school building and it has served us well...but 10 years of hundreds of students takes a toll, and the building is in need of some tender loving care.  I hope you'll consider how you might be able to help us with these repairs and maintenance, and get in touch with me (brien@eftcusa.org) so we can talk more about it!

With all the talk about new leadership and building repairs, I don't want us to lose sight of the reason why we do all of this. Ensuring that our students receive a high quality education so that they can provide better, healthier lives for themselves and their communities is the motivation behind our work. Nothing we do here at The School fo Hope could happen without the generosity of you, our supporters and friends. Thank you for everything you've already done for the students! And, please, consider doing just a bit more today by making another donation. 

Kindergartners!
Kindergartners!
Your Generosity Provides Nutritious Meals
Your Generosity Provides Nutritious Meals

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Thank You For Supporing Us!
Thank You For Supporing Us!

The 1st term of the 2019 school year at the School of Hope has come to an end in Jocotenango, Guatemala! It was, as usual, a successful term. Our students were successful in their exams--and we're celebrating with Sports Day on Friday, April 13, 2019! 

In March, EFTC celebrated World EFTC Day. Supporters of EFTC held small fundraisers in the USA, UK, Guatemala, and across the globe to raise funds to support the vital programs we provide to our students and their families. If you didn't get a chance to participate with us on World EFTC Day, take the opportunity to make a donation now! 

Our students, families, and staff in Guatemala are preparing for Semana Santa, happening the week of April 15-21. If you don't know much about Semana Santa traditions in Guatemala, you can read up on it here.  It's a beautiful and exciting and happy week for everyone there--and one that we're sure our students will enjoy with their families. 

This is a short update, but one I don't want to end without thanking you for being a member of the EFTC family. All of the work that we do--providing a quality education, nutritious meals, medical care, and psychological support--would be impossible without your generous support. Please continue to support us, and consider sharing our mission with your family, friends, and colleagues! 

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Classrooms Under Construction!
Classrooms Under Construction!

We want to start with a huge thank you to all of our supporters! Our end-of-year fundraising campaign here on GlobalGiving brought in more than $6,000. These funds are so important to the mission of EFTC and the School of Hope. We could not meet our mission of support our students as they break the cycle of poverty in their communities without your generous support. All of students, their families, volunteers, and employees are so grateful. It might sound cliché, but it is true that you are changing the world for the better!

Our 2019 school year is about to begin! Teachers have been at the school for a few days, getting ready for the students to return. We have a great group of new prepa students joining us - students who will be starting their academic careers with us, and be on the path toward improving their families' situations and their communities. We're excited to welcome these students into the School of Hope family, where they will become part of our group of continuing students who make the world a better place. 

As we keep working on our mission and doing everything we can to support our students and their families, we need to continue asking for and depending on your support. We say it often, but we say it often because we mean it: everything we do is only possible because of you and your generosity! 

Please share our work with your colleagues, friends, and family. Be the avenue for bringing more supporters to our mission - it's a great way to make a huge impact in the lives of our students and to do your part in making this corner of the a little bit better!

Our Creative Teachers Create Amazing Classrooms!
Our Creative Teachers Create Amazing Classrooms!
We
We're Lucky to Have the Teachers We Have!
Getting ready for arts & crafts time in 2nd grade!
Getting ready for arts & crafts time in 2nd grade!

Our students have had a phenomenal school year! They've been successful in their academics, enjoyed our new covered sports field (even during the rainy season!), and showed amazing resilience after the devastating volcano eruption. As they are preparing for end-of-year exams and activities, our staff is also preparing for summer school, which runs during the break of November and December. 

We've learned that our summer school programming is vital to the success of our students. It helps them maintain the progress they made during the previous academic year, and has them in a great position to progress as they move into the next grade. It also provides them with an important and meaningful way to spend their time during the break, as well as nutiritious food, clean water, medical care, and mental health support. 

We are so proud of the work we do with our students, and of the time and effort our dedicated school staff provides. But we know that we would not be able to do any of this without you and your generosity. It is our wonderful network of donors and supporters that really provide the foundation upon which we're able to build this awesome work. 

Please consider donating again to our mission. No donation is too small: your genoristy goes so far and does so much! Thank you for all you've done in the past to support us, and thank you for all you'll continue doing! 

Relay Races on Our New Covered Sports Field
Relay Races on Our New Covered Sports Field
Exams!
Exams!
Students back from mid-year break, back to work!
Students back from mid-year break, back to work!

Our students have just returned from their mid-year break to start their classes again! They are motivated and excited to be back in class with their teachers and friends! 

Our teachers are also excited to have their students back, and have plans for the second half of the year that will ensure our students are receiving the type of quality education they need to be successful adults and responsible, ethical citizens. 

One of our recent volunteers recently told me how impressed she was with the quality of English instruction our first year elementary school students were receiving. It was obvious to her that these students would be fluent in English by the time they graduated, opening even more doors to opportunities previously impossible to to them. 

We are proud of the education we provide our students; we're also proud of the other support we are able to provide. Things like high-quality nutrition, mental health support, clean, filtered water, a covered sports pitch available in any type of weather for exercise, medical care, scholarships, and citizenship workshops all combine as we work to support the development of the whole person that our students bring with them to EFTC. 

As you know, all of this work and all of these services require a significant amount of time and resources. We could not be successful without the incredibly generous support of donors like you. I hope you will consider donating again to our project, and that you'll spread the word to your friends, colleagues, families, and other networks. And please, get in touch with me or one of the team to learn how you can visit the school in Guatemala!

P.S. Keep an eye out for our big International Youth Week fundraiser, and click on the link to watch a video about how we're creating safe spaces for our students so that they can avoid the pitfalls and dangers of child labor in Guatemala. 

International Youth Week begins on August 6!
International Youth Week begins on August 6!

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The Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC)

Location: Walnut Creek, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Brien Ashdown
Executive Director
Walnut Creek, CA United States
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