Educaid offers the opportunity of a high school education to indigenous youth from rural communities of the country that live in extreme poverty. Merit-based scholarships will be awarded to boarding students at Instituto Santiago, granting them comprehensive education, housing, and meals, in a safe environment.
In Guatemala, only 20% of students graduate from high school. Those born in extreme poverty have very little chance of receiving basic education because the government does not subsidize or even reach most rural areas.
Granting scholarships to 100 students allows them the opportunity to receive a comprehensive high school education at the Santiago Institute in Guatemala City. In addition to academics, students receive meals, housing, and technical training in different areas, such as agriculture, electricity, blacksmithing, and computer equipment repair. Students are also provided with emergency medical care, arts education, sports and guidance in leadership and values.
Education is fundamental for sustainable development; It is a powerful tool for reducing poverty and improving health: it makes it possible for people to be productive and receive a wage that raises their quality of life, contributing in turn to the economic growth of the country. Education is also key to leadership development of young people who return to make a difference to their communities by opening opportunities that allow them to remain in Guatemala and not be forced to emigrate,