Empower Guatemalan Children to Stay in School

by Cojolya Association Vetted since 2017


Our project, Mano a Mano Para el Desarrollo, empowers and supports the new generation of children in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, by creating an academic center that aim to provide substantial financial assistance, personal development workshops, and an adequate academic support for the children of Cojolya's Mayan women weavers.

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In the predominantly indigenous town of Santiago Atitlan, school dropout rates are unsettling, as school enrollment falls to only 24% after the 6th grate. Consequently, Guatemala has the second lowest rate of literacy in Latin America. According to UN, each additional year of schooling increases a person income by 10%. We identified three core problems that contribute to high dropout rates of our students: the financial barriers; the lack of role models; and the lack of academic support.


We seek to increase school enrolment rates for our program's 22 children. While financial support is vital, we understand that a successful program requires a holistic approach. Our approach is multifaceted, and will confront all identified barriers to staying in school through providing: vital financial support, informative and interactive personal development tools, and a safe and adequate academic mentorship, all in order to holistically empower and support our students and their families.

Long-Term Impact

The project will help lighten the financial burden of education and provide students with necessary personal and academic support. However, the long-term vision of the project expands generations. We strongly believe that these children will become examples and role models for parents, younger siblings, and the next generation of participants. Mano a Mano will thereby be a pillar of the value of education in Santiago Atitlan: a value that will continue to flourish through the generations to come

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Cojolya Association, the NGO behind the project
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Organization Information

Cojolya Association

Location: Santiago Atitlan Solola - Guatemala
Website: https:/​/​www.cojolya.org/​
Project Leader:
Alice D
Santiago Atitlan Solola, Guatemala
$2,184 raised of $10,000 goal
46 donations
$7,816 to go
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