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Prevent high school drop out in rural Guatemala

by Young Dreamer Network


This project funds 20 full-time high school scholarships for capable yet impoverished boys & girls in rural Guatemala, where a lack of public schools past 6th grade leads bright and driven kids to drop out and become teenaged parents or begin a life of domestic servitude. A $1,000 scholarship to a local private high school covers tuition, roundtrip transportation, uniforms, books and school supplies for 1 child, and ensures that s/he is well positioned for a higher -income job upon graduation.

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In the farming communities of El Hato and Vuelta Grande, where the average monthly per capita income level is USD $250, there is no public high school where bright and motivated children can continue their schooling. A private school education costs USD$1,000, a prohibitive expense for impoverished families who live without electricity or water. Instead, fully capable and driven children stop their schooling to become domestic servants or teenaged parents.


By funding full-time high school scholarships, we ensure that at least 20 12-16 year old children with the drive, maturity, and interest to break barriers to female education will do so at a first-rate institution that is also accessible by public transportation. The high-school school curriculum prepares them with academic and vocational skills and positions these children to secure professional-level careers and income upon graduation.

Long-Term Impact

Graduation from high school will position these bright children for careers and income levels beyond domestic servitude, which is the typical path for rural Guatemalan children. By securing a higher income for themselves, they will be able to contribute in greater significance to their families' and communities' livelihoods, in addition to serving as leadership models to young girls in the communities. We are helping children break their own barriers to progress.

Additional Documentation

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



Organization Information

Young Dreamer Network

Location: Redwood City, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​youngdreamers
Project Leader:
Brian Buntz
Redwood City, CA United States
Donations: $0 raised ($5,000 needed)
Donors: 0 (40 needed)
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