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Help Feed and Support 650 Students in Guatemala

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
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 school year has well and truly begun!

Recently students at EFTC´s school, The School of Hope, in Guatemala completed their exams for the end of the first Unit. Milestones such as these are amazing to see how our students are thriving and succeeding! Without your generous support we could not provide our students with the holistic support needed for them to overcome the odds stacked against them and break the cycle of poverty.

EFTC´s first ever campaign on GlobalGiving has provided us with the much needed funds to ensure our program continues to provide the support these children deserve but would not have without The School of Hope.

We are only just a little over $7,000 USD short of our current goal for this campaign. Every little bit helps us get one step closer to our goal and has a huge impact here in Guatemala. It is because of your support that our students learn about the world, gain the skills they need to move into gainful employment, learn how to improve their community and have the time and the safety to be children for a little longer. A privilege often taken away too young in Guatemala as children move into the informal workforce often at ages as young as 5 or 6 years old.

This first term here at The School of Hope was filled with innovative classes, new after school clubs for our students, preventative health workshops, Sexual Education classes, Financial Literacy for our older students, we also celebrated Carnival (a huge holiday in Guatemala!) and worked to educate our students not only with the knowledge they need but the values of our Foundation. Check out the photos attached below to see the students who excelled in the "values of the month" for honesty and commitment, as well as some highlights from Carnival and class time.

 

All of the work that we do here at ETFC requires support from generous people like you - so we hope you'll stay involved with us!

If you're interested in getting more involved with EFTC or The School of Hope (La Escuela Proyecto la Esperanza), you can visit our website at www.eftcusa.org or email Brien, the USA-based Executive Director, at brien@eftcusa.org

Receiving School Supplies
Receiving School Supplies

Classes for the new school year have started here at the La Escuela de Esperanza (School of Hope) in Jocotenango, Guatemala. Each of our 600+ students are receiving a quality education, nutritious meals, access to medical care, emotional and mental health support, and the chance to work towards break the cycle of poverty in their community. 

All of the work that Education for the Children (EFTC) is able to do at tLa Escuela de Esperanza  is because of generous donations from people like you. Without our supporters, many of our students would be on the street begging or working in hazardous and dead-end jobs. It isn't uncommon to see children as young as five or six years old on the streets of Guatemala, shining shoes, selling wares, or begging for money. But because of you, our students don't have to worry about that - instead, they're in school learning to read, write, dance, sing, and play...just like kids should be doing!

Education for the Children and La Escuela de Esperanza  have a lot of plans for the upcoming school year. We're planning workshops for parents and students on topics such as sex education and warmth-based parenting. We look forward to the medical and dental clinics we host for our community, and to the many volunteers who come and help us meet our goals. All of this requires support from generous people like you - so we hope you'll stay involved with us!

If you're interested in getting more involved with EFCT or tLa Escuela de Esperanza, you can visit our website at www.eftcusa.org or email Brien, the USA-based Executiv Director, at brien@eftcusa.org. 

"Prepa" (kindergarten) students
"Prepa" (kindergarten) students
First assignment of the year!
First assignment of the year!
Excited for class to begin!
Excited for class to begin!

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The Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC)

Location: Walnut Creek, CA - USA
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Twitter: @eftcfoundation
Project Leader:
Brien Ashdown
Executive Director
Walnut Creek, CA United States
$29,308 raised of $95,000 goal
 
145 donations
$65,692 to go
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