The Guatemalan public schools are poorly managed and largely unsupported by the national government. While public school is theoretically free the cost of registration fees, uniforms, books, supplies, and transportation makes them less accessible to the poorer segments of society. To attend middle school, none of which are public, the cost is roughly $40 per month. The cost to attend high school, from which less than 20 percent of all Guatemalans graduate, is approximately $60 per month.
The UN Habitat recently reported that “70 percent of the population lives on less than US $2 per day, and 8 percent of the urban population live on less than $1 per day.”
This means that many children miss out on receiving a full education, and remain captive in the cycle of poverty, with little or no opportunities for economic advancement.
Heidy (pictured left) in her school uniform- attends a local private school with the help of sponsor donations. She is working hard to be the first in her family to finish high school & dreams of becoming a teacher to help her Guatemalan brothers and sisters.
If you would like to become a sponsor, for a monthly donation of $75/mo., please email email@example.com