In Guatemala, public schools are only free to attend through sixth grade. Most of the families in La Limonada are unable to afford the tuition and fees for their children to continue with their education, let alone to give up a potential income earner. Meanwhile, the public school system in Guatemala is so deficient that private schools are the only option for students to receive quality education that will provide them with opportunities for a better future.
The Scholars program enables students to continue to receive a quality education from seventh grade to graduation. In addition to scholarships, the team in Guatemala follows the progress of each student, regularly advocating for them at their schools.
We believe that children with dreams of completing a vocational high school program to become a bank teller or secretary should have the opportunity to work hard and complete their studies. Formal education is vital if the children of La Limonada are to escape gang violence, drug addiction, physical and sexual abuse, and the cycle of extreme poverty that grips the community.
The average cost of educating a student is $1,200 a year or $100 a month, which includes tuition, uniforms, books, and school supplies. You can invest in the future of a child in La Limonada by sponsoring a scholar today!
Mauricio started attending one of the academies in La Limonada when he was eight years old. The teachers invested personal time with him, helping him with his homework assignments from his formal school, and teaching him about God’s love. Along with the other students, his birthday was celebrated and he was loved, taught, and encouraged. On the weekends, he missed being at the academy in La Limonada so much he would often feel sad and lonely.
The scholarship program has helped him purchase books for class, as well as a school uniform. Also, the new shoes and backpack that he received each year through Lemonade International wouldn’t have come any other way.
Mauricio has now graduated from high school and is currently seeking employment. He plans on attending university next year on the weekends to study business, while spending his weekdays working to help support his family.
He recently wrote this note to Tita:
Hello Sister Tita,
I am sending you this email to send you a photo of my graduation from last year. First I want to thank God because through you all he's blessed me with a scholarship. I am very thankful as well to my sponsors for having sponsored me and for having helped me out up until the end. I'm very happy because I could realize my goals and graduate.
Now that I've graduated I can help my mom and little sister to continue forward in life. I send you all an infinite thank you for your unconditional help. Sister Tita, may God continue to bless you in your life and what you do. One hundred percent of the time you'll be in my prayers.