We hope all our national and international friends are safe and healthy. This has been a very difficult time for everyone and we sincerely hope 2021 will be a better year for all.
Despite the difficulties, we have not stopped serving our community. Since many of our families were without jobs, we instituted a program to assist those in extreme need with food packets. This is an ongoing program, but now that some are back at work, we have less families in dire circumstances. We delivered 1,942 food packets to 12,623 people!
We have begun work on our new land for the Secondary School campus. Together with the architect, some of our youth participated in building an outdoor bathroom facility so we can begin to have sports activities. We can now bring our friends and potential donors to activities on the land for fundraising purposes
Through our continuing work on line with our senior students, 22 of them qualified and are ready to graduate Grade 11, which is the end of high school in Guatemala. It was not easy for them the last few months, we are very proud of their perseverance.
Ester is a shining example of our program’s success. Ester was sent home from her public school 5 years ago for misconduct, they would not allow her to return. She was suffering from personal instability due to violence at home. She came to the Los Patojos school and with help from our team, found her leadership skills and blossomed into a very dedicated and skilled senior student. She was selected by Guatemala to attend a workshop in Costa Rica on the Voices of Girls in Central America where she
learned to never give up. She became a soccer coach for the younger children and is training at a women’s academy in the department where Jocotenango is located, as well as assisting the primary teachers with their young students during the mornings. In her own words, Los Patojos has helped her to understand we all have different abilities, when we discover them and pursue them we win, negative thoughts no longer matter. Her goal is to study sports psychology - we will help her in any way we can.
All of these accomplishments, operating the primary and secondary school, offering music classes, dance classes, advanced computer lessons, English classes and sports activities would not be possible without the tremendous support we receive nationally and internationally. Please help us to continue to give these 400 kids a chance at a better future.
Los Patojos, Dreams & Ideas in Action Guatemala