Help us rebuild the post-conflict Maya Ixil community of Chajul, Guatemala that was devastated by the country's 36-year Civil War. Your gift provides educational opportunities to middle and high schoolers, two thirds of whom are girls. They attend Colegio Horizontes, or receive scholarships to other schools in Guatemala. All students get supplies, life-skills workshops, career counselling, and mentorship, empowering them to overcome hardship and forge bright futures!
The village of Chajul is tucked away in the highlands of Guatemala. The parents of today's youth survived violence that amounted to genocide during the war. Today, the community remains impoverished and deeply scarred. Due to lack of resources, only 5% of Chajul's youth graduate from high school, with girls even less likely to complete their studies. Parents, only 24% of whom completed elementary school, dream that their children will have the educational opportunities which they did not.
We support youth in families who value education but lack resources. Our Middle and high school and Youth Development Program provides students with access to secondary education, alongside support services including Spanish classes, tutoring, computer classes, life-skills workshops, and work-study opportunities. Scholars also receive mentorship from local staff-role models who reveal a world full of possibilities and encourage them to pursue a life that overcomes Chajul's difficult history.
Our scholars graduate with the academic, professional, and leadership skills needed to help their community recover from genocide and increase future educational opportunities. They are the future leaders and change makers of Chajul - teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, political leaders, farmers, mothers, and fathers. Their children will grow up with parents who place a high value on education and who can support them financially and emotionally.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).