A generous donor has offered to give $5,000 to fund scholarships for half of our unsponsored scholars for the first quarter of 2017 – but we have to match his gift dollar for dollar. This is an opportunity to do twice the good with one donation!
- A gift of $50 will be matched to provide $100 for a scholarship for one month!
- A gift of $100 will be matched to provide $200 for a scholarship for two months!
- A gift of $300 will be matched to provide $600 for scholarships for one academic quarter for two scholars!
With your help, we can send twice as many children to secondary school so their dreams can be nurtured and their futures can flourish. Every month of education provided is another month of gang prevention. Another month of dreams nurtured.
It is not right for a child’s dream to be crushed before that dream even has a chance to form. It is not right when poverty keeps a child from continuing with school – especially when we believe education is the most powerful way for a child to escape the cycle of poverty.
While public school is free in Guatemala up to the sixth grade, most parents in La Limonada cannot afford the tuition needed to keep their children in school past that point. But even a basic job at McDonald’s requires at least the completion of eighth grade. A study published by UNESCO reveals just how widespread the problem is: “53% of secondary school aged children in Guatemala are not enrolled in school.”
When it comes to escaping poverty and despair, the odds are truly stacked against them.
With hopes crushed, many succumb to the allure of gang life where they can take everything that’s always been withheld.
But we have seen what is possible when a child is encouraged to keeping dreaming – and when they are given scholarships that invest in those dreams. Rather than spiraling into destructive behavior and despair, their eyes brighten as their creativity, interests, and goals begin to form.
They have dreams of becoming doctors, teachers, veterinarians, architects, police officers, firemen, bilingual secretaries, and even clowns.
In the coming year, we have 79 students hoping for a scholarship to attend secondary school and 33 are still waiting for sponsors. When you provide tuition to a scholar, you are offering them an opportunity to receive a quality education between seventh grade and graduation. In addition to scholarships, the Director of Scholar Education, Yoli Prado, shepherds, disciples, and follows the progress of each student, regularly advocating for them at their schools.
With a gift of $50 you can provide half of a scholarship for one month. With a gift of $100 you can provide a scholarship for one student for a month. With a gift of $300 you can provide a scholarship for one student for one quarter.
Find the “Give Dreams” photo album here. Photos by Corinne Johnson and Silent Images