Empowering community well-being through education and nutrition, to help people rise out of poverty
Through Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans, children of families living below the poverty line are provided sponsorships to ensure that they have all the supplies they need to attend school. Our organization provides these students with an after-school educational support program. Because the quality of education in Guatemalan schools is poor, we provide additional teaching time, with a focus on math, reading, and critical thinking.Our sponsored students do their homework under our supervision and assistance, and they attend our daily English classes.
We get kids hooked on books!Most Guatemalan children do not see a book until they enter grade 1 and most rural Guatemalan communities do not have libraries. Our reading program encourages a love of reading and helps children improve their ability to read.
Our sponsored junior high students are enrolled in a school supported by the
Guatemala Literacy Project.
Our adult vocational programs help empower the parents of our families. For families in extreme poverty, vocational training can put food on the table and keep their kids in school, instead of sending them out to earn even a small amount of money. Creating Opportunities for Guatemalans provides English class for adults to provide them with a much-needed skill in the growing tourist industry.Sewing classes provide vocational and technical skills training to adults, and their beautiful products are now being sold in the U.S. and Canada. Our moms attend nutritional education workshops and participate in a sustainable community garden project in order to incorporate healthy produce into their family meals. They donate 10% of their harvest to the after-school nutritional snack program. Families are also able to sell extra harvest for additional income.
The students in our Youth Leadership Program recently formed a Rotary Interact Club (called Rotary Interact Impacto Cultural) under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Guatemala City Norte.Theirs is the first Rotary Interact Club to exist in a small village in Guatemala.
Our Mission is to improve the future of Guatemalans living in poverty by providing young students with educational sponsorships and after school support, and provide adults with literacy and vocational training.
Our Vision is to empower Guatemalans to break out of the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient as a result of receiving an education.
With the help of generous donors and volunteers, we are able to offer educational resources and support to poor children and their families in the small town of San Antonio Aguas Caliente, a traditional Mayan pueblo near the city of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We are well respected and accepted by the community and as a result we continue to get requests from families to place their children in our program. Limited by space and outside support, we look for creative ways to expand our program. YOU CAN HELP.
The program was founded in 2014 and is run by two dedicated individuals, Vicki Horsfield, Executive Director, from Canada and William Garcia, Assistant Director from Guatemala. Our organization is devoted to bringing hope to Guatemalans for a better future.
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