You’re Making a Difference Here



In Guatemala, where over 50% of the population lives below the poverty line, socioeconomic status is one of the biggest barriers to accessing a quality education (World Bank 2013). The average length of schooling for a Guatemalan child is only four years and 24.1% of the population is illiterate (US Aid 2014; World Bank 2014).

Pencils of Promise works with 194 communities in Guatemala to ensure our students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing a quality education. Currently, PoP is impacting over 37,000 students in Guatemala.



The region of Quiché, located northeast of PoP’s headquarters in Xela, is a mountainous and volcanic region in northwestern Guatemala. 

To date, we’ve built over 85 schools in the region, providing quality infrastructure to ensure a safe and engaging learning environment.



Before a PoP School Build


Previously, the community of Aldea Rosario Monte Maria had a school with six formal classrooms and four provisional classrooms made out of wood, with dirt floors. Because of the large number of students, these classrooms were experiencing overcrowding, as well additional structural safety issues. These conditions posed a hazard to student safety and wellbeing, as well as to engagement and learning.


Your Impact with the New PoP School


You’ve recognized that these conditions are not conducive to learning and responded by helping PoP and the Aldea Rosario Monte Maria community complete construction on a four-classroom school. These additional classrooms help with overcrowding and serve preprimary, first, second and fifth grade students. Teachers, parents and community members were dedicated and committed to the project, and contributed up to 20 percent of resources and labor necessary to complete the build. The students and community of Aldea Rosario Monte Maria are so excited to have a new school that provides a quality learning environment!