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En Guatemala, donde más del 50% de la población vive por debajo del umbral de la pobreza, la situación socioeconómica es uno de los mayores obstáculos para acceder a una educación de calidad (Banco Mundial 2013). La duración media de la escolarización de un niño guatemalteco es de solo 4 años y el 24,1% de la población es analfabeta (US Aid 2014; Banco Mundial 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 219,000 lives in Guatemala.
REGIÓN DE BOCA COSTA
La región de Boca Costa, ubicada al sureste de la sede de PoP en Guatemala, en Xela, tiene un clima más tropical que cualquiera de las otras regiones de Guatemala en las que trabajamos. PoP se expandió a Boca Costa a principios de 2012, con nuestra oficina regional ubicada en Santo Tomás La Unión.
To date, we’ve built 80 schools in the region and plan to continue to scale our builds, along with programmatic work, across PoP schools in the region.
Antes de la construcción de una escuela PoP
Previously, not all students of Caserío Pasin had access to formal school structures. All of the community’s 1st grade students and the majority of its 4th grade students attended classes in 1 of 3 provisional classrooms. These structures were made of wood and metal and had no constructed floors or adequate roofs, exposing the students to the elements. While 3 previously existing classrooms were in relatively good condition, they required roofing and electrical repairs. Your support made it possible for all students of Caserío Pasin to have a new, safe and dedicated learning environment.
Su impacto con una nueva escuela PoP
With the help of the incredible Caserío Pasin community, we completed work on a 3-classroom build. The new Caserío Pasin School, made possible by your generosity, will grant all of the community’s students access to formal and safe classrooms. These classrooms will include: proper furniture, doors, windows and electricity. The students, teachers and parents were so happy to have you present at the official inauguration in June. You’re compassion has touched the lives of so many in Caserío Pasin, and that legacy of heart will live on through the quality learning environment and educational opportunities that you made available to these students. The entire community thanks you for your support and the kind spirit you shared with them on your visit to Guatemala.