Education and Hope is a non-profit organization empowering change through education and wellness in the western highlands of Guatemala. Founded on the belief that education is a fundamental human right, and that all the world’s children deserve to be educated, we strongly believe that education is the most effective agent to truly break the cycle of poverty.
Big Dreams. Big Impact. Since 1998
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59.3% of Guatemalans population lives below the poverty line. In addition, 23 percent live in extreme poverty, many children. Guatemala is the biggest country in Central America. It has one of the highest disparities between rich and poor as well as one of the highest poverty levels worldwide. Low incomes, due to lack of education, mean that many families are left with no choice but to set their children to work in the fields or to beg for food, rather than study in classrooms. Gender disparity is a key problem and is seen in education statistics. Of the 2 million children in Guatemala that do not attend school, the majority are indigenous girls living in rural areas. Unless access to education is increased, the situation of extreme poverty and all that stems from it (poor health, high infant mortality, malnutrition, and reduced life expectancy) will continue to endanger the lives of Guatemalans.
For Over 20 years , Education and Hope has been fiercely dedicated to increasing access to education among vulnerable children and young adults from indigenous and rural villages surrounding the city of Quetzaltenango. Education and Hope nurtures the whole child through opportunities aimed at building academic performance, positive behavior change, and emotional resilience.
For as little as $25 each month you can help a Guatemalan child stay in school. Education and Hope is funded largely by individual donations. We depend on the compassionate support of our donors to continue to provide hope through education for so many children. We guarantee that 87 cents of every dollar that you donate will go directly towards improving the lives of the children in our program.
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