Vocational Scholarships for Mayan Youth, Guatemala

by ASOCIACION DE CAMPESINOS MAYA IXIL
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Summary

Rural orphans or poor youth will receive a scholarship for Ak Tenamit secondary vocational boarding school. Students are committed to help transform their home community through long term solutions to poverty through income generation, and cultural preservation. Each graduate will do 3000 hours of work study and career internships to gain practical, marketable skills. Leadership training will enable the youth to share their expanded skills and hope in Chajul and isolated hamlets.
$12,000.00
total goal
$1,749.00
remaining
65
donors
6
monthly donors
4
months active

Challenge

Today only 11% of youth in Chajul, Guatemala graduate from high school. The Chajul Maya Ixil want an education, a job that allows them to feed their children, stay in the Maya culture, and lead economic development of the community. Limited access to education continues the cycle of poverty.80% of the people live in deep poverty. Rural schools end at grade 6. Lack of hope drives the decisions of orphans and families to sacrifice everything to send a youth north.

Solution

Scholarships to the rural vocational boarding school Ak Tenamit will provide degrees in organic agriculture, sustainable tourism, and rural community development. Vocational job skills give orphans, girls and youth from poor families access to tutoring for academic gaps, contribute through work study and internships and bring new income sources for their family and community. Leadership training will enable the youth to share their expanded skills in Chajul and isolated hamlets.

Long-Term Impact

Scholarships for technical degrees at Ak Tenamit give hope. Impoverished families and orphans in Chajul value education and see it as a pathway to a sustainable economic future in their beloved town and Maya culture. They will return to Chajul to establish economic enterprises for community development. Each graduate will do 3000 hours of work study and career internships to gain practical, marketable skills. Youth will bring hope for their futures and hope for the Maya community.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

http:/​/​asoixil.org/​
Vocational school where youth will get training
Mentor support for the ASO-Ixil organization
Facebook page for ASO-Ixil organization
Facebook Ak Tenamit Vocational School

Organization Information

ASOCIACION DE CAMPESINOS MAYA IXIL

Location: Chajul - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​asoixil.org/​
Project Leader:
David Clay
Chajul, Guatemala
$10,251 raised of $12,000 goal
 
92 donations
$1,749 to go
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