In the remote northwestern department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala, in a region of over 250 villages north of the town of Barillas, no high schools are available for the indigenous youth living in these communities.. These Impoverished youth and their families have no resources to pay for the travel, board and lodging, tuition and uniforms costs required to attend high school in Barillas, a distance of up to seven hours away from their villages.
Scholarships will enable these Mayan students to graduate from an accredited high school that offers academic, vocational and leadership instruction. The education they gain will allow them to access jobs, begin a business or go on to university.
The long-term impact is that the education being provided contributes to the larger community. The ultimate goal is that the training helps bring about positive and lasting improvements in social and economic conditions for all community members.