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 190 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.
Your Impact On Quality Education
Thanks to your generous support, Pencils of Promise is able to provide quality education to more than 1,000 students. These students will have access to a safe school structure, inspired teachers, literacy materials, and PoP’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program. By investing in Pencils of Promise’s educational programs, you’re helping ensure students have access to everything they need to receive a quality education.
Learn more about the programs you’re supporting:
We believe that students will perform better if classrooms are led by enthusiastic, inspired and well-trained teachers. To ensure that our students are receiving a high-quality education, we provide our teachers with ongoing support and innovative resources, enhancing the delivery of national curriculum and empowering them to lead dynamic and effective lessons.
85% of the communities we visit lack basic infrastructure. A quality learning environment is critical to increasing student attendance, engagement and overall literacy outcomes—so we build schools to ensure that all of our students have access to a safe and healthy place to learn.
443 million school days are lost each year because of water-and sanitation-related diseases (UNDP). We believe that access to clean water, private bathrooms and good hygiene practices are essential for the growth and development of students. Our WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) program provides safe infrastructure and hygiene lessons to keep kids healthy, happy and in school.
From the start, we’ve believed a PoP school should be more than just a building: it’s the start of a transformative education. It’s a spark that creates a sustainable partnership with communities and unlocks the promise of generations to come. By investing in these programs, you are ensuring PoP students are progressing in their education, and we’ve got the results to prove it. You are joining us as we build hope, joy, community and a brighter future!
Your Impact In Action
Below, meet a PoP student, technician and teacher who are benefitting from these programs.
Belinda – Student, 4th grade
Ms. Chavajay – Teacher Support Technician
Ms. Tzep – Teacher