CORE PROGRAM

Education and Hope nurtures the whole child. Our work at Education and Hope is a multifaceted system focusing on strengthening academic achievement and core life skills through comprehensive scholarships, after-school programs, balanced nutrition, health care, psycho-social wellness and family outreach. Together, through passion and perseverance, we have created a refuge, a safe place where children can grow in the love they need to thrive.

20 YEARS OF NURTURING A CHILD 

Program Participants

High School Graduates

University Graduates

Scholarship Program

With over half the population living on less than $2 a day, Education rates in Guatemala are extremely low, with the average child remaining in school for just 10 years. Education and Hope provides academic scholarships to children and young adults, in addition to covering registration fees and monthly tuition. Each student is given a new backpack filled with school supplies, a school uniform, a pair of school shoes and sneakers, bus fare to get back and forth to school, and any materials required throughout the year. The amount of each individual scholarship varies according to the particular expenses of that child’s educational institution and the economic situation of each family. In 2017, Education and Hope provided 205 academic scholarships to children and adults.

After School Program

Hand-in-hand with our concern for access to education is our concern for the physical, emotional and social well-being of each student in our program. The after-school program is our way of nurturing the holistic well-being of each child we work with. In order to thrive in school, children need to be healthy and well-nourished; they need shoes on their feet and backpacks to carry school supplies; they need access to proper hygiene and they need to feel loved.  Our after-school program is a safe space for children to learn and grow. We provide tutoring for school subjects, a reading specialist for comprehension and confidence, a psychologist for mental health and wellness, an infirmary for medical issues, hot showers for hygiene (unavailable to most at home), two nutritious meals, and an outdoor patio for recreation.  In 2017, we served the needs of 99 children in our after-school program.

 

Day Care Program

In recent years we have formalized an early childhood education program to care for the small children of our employees who have no one to care for them while their mothers work. Morning meals, play time, reading readiness, baths and naps are all part of the loving attention they receive.  We are pleased to see evidence of this “head start”when our little ones begin kindergarten more readily able to adapt to their new environment.

The Hope Center

Casa Esperanza is our resource for family health and wellness.  We recognize that the stability of the family in inextricably linked to the success of the student and this part of our program contributes in small ways to helping families through crises that might impact a student’s education.  To that end, Casa Esperanza provides a food pantry for monthly nutritional assistance, small grants to make necessary home improvements (fix a leaky roof, install indoor plumbing), and loans  in the event of medical emergencies.

Providing everything a child needs to succeed.

Total pairs of shoes provided

Total backpacks with school supplies provided

Number of uniforms provided

“Education and Hope is a smile served with your lunch, a book that comes with a hug, a clean place that smells like home. It’s where people who don’t share your blood, and who might not even know your name, become your family all the same.  It’s that boost of support given to you just when you thought there was no one to help you. It’s the opportunity to become someone better and to help others do the same. It’s the blessing that life wishes for us all to have, a blessing we are grateful for every single day.” 

– Magda Violeta Sac, Education and Hope University Graduate –