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 168 communities in Guatemala to ensure our students overcome these, and other, barriers to accessing a quality education. To date, PoP has impacted over 35,000 students in Guatemala.



Quiché is a mountainous region located in northwestern Guatemala. PoP’s base in Quiché is in the city of Nebaj, which is about five hours northeast of our Guatemala headquarters in Xela.

To date, we’ve built over 101 schools in the region and plan to continue to scale our builds, along with teacher training workshops, across Quiché.



Before a PoP School Build


Currently, the community of Aldea Rosario Monte Maria has a school with six formal classrooms and four provisional classrooms made out of wood and dirt floors. Because of the large number of students, these classrooms are experiencing overcrowding, as well additional structural safety hazards. These conditions pose a hazard to student safety and well being as well as engagement and learning.


Your Impact with the New PoP School


You’ve recognized that these conditions are not conducive to learning and have responded by helping PoP and the Aldea Rosario Monte Maria community break ground on a four-classroom school. These additional classrooms will help with overcrowding and will serve preprimary, first, second and fifth grade students. Teachers, parents and community members are dedicated and committed to the project, and will contribute up to 20 percent of resources and labor necessary to complete the build. This school build broke ground in early December and is expected to complete construction in 2018. The students and community of Aldea Rosario Monte Maria are so excited to soon have a new school that will provide a quality learning environment!