High school-level education in Guatemala is 10th through 12th grades and includes vocational training—providing critical job skills upon graduation. But very few families in our rural area can afford to send their children to high school due to the distance and the expense. Girls, in particular, are excluded at higher rates than boys. When poor families must make economic choices, girls’ education becomes a lower priority than boys’ education.
We offer a limited number of school sponsorships to help young women continue their educations. The sponsorship recipients live with family members in the towns where a high school is located because travel on a daily basis is not possible.
This year, our sponsorship recipients are attending schools in the towns of Rio Dulce, Livingston, Antigua, and Entre Rios pursuing careers in education, accounting, business administration, and tourism. With the support of their committed sponsors, these young women are pursuing their dreams of having a career that will help lift themselves and their families out of poverty.