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.
The region of Suchitepéquez, called Suchi by locals, lies southeast of our headquarters in Xela. PoP expanded here in early 2012, with our regional office located in Mazatenango.
Suchitepéquez offers a variety of exotic fruits and coffee as main crops, and the climate is much more tropical than the other regions in which we work. To date, we’ve broken ground on 47 schools in Suchitepéquez and plan to continue our partnership with these communities for years to come.
Before a PoP School Build
Previously, students of Paraje Rancho Candelaria attended class in an environment that did not offer a positive learning environment. The school had few formal classroom structures, with many grades forced to learn in provisional classrooms made of wood and clay. With deep structural flaws, many other walls were also beginning to crack. These conditions clearly 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 have responded by helping PoP and the Paraje Rancho Candelaria community complete a new school structure build. The new classrooms provide sufficient space for all students, as well as a safe and secure environment for students to learn and thrive. Teachers, parents and other community members were dedicated and committed to the project, and contributed 20 percent of resources and labor necessary to complete the build. The entire Paraje Rancho Candelaria is so excited to now have a new school that will support students’ full potential and promise!