Incredible Work So far!!
November 25, 2016
BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF GUATEMALAN CHILDREN INC
We can be heroes. No you don't need a cape, but they are fun to have! Not just on Halloween but all year round! But especially right now when Casa Guatemala needs you the most! It doesn't take much to make a big difference if we all work together! Your donation can change the life of a child who may never had had the chance to go to school. A little girl, who now instead of getting married at 14 will go on to high school and even university. A little boy who was destined to only ever toil in the fields like his father before him, now has the chance to become a professional. The impact your donation makes today is changing the world of tomorrow for the hundreds of kids who depend on us to get them off on the right start.
As children around the world are settling into their new school year, here at Casa Guatemala we are winding down and getting ready for final exams and our graduation ceremonies! This year we have 25 students who will be graduating the sixth grade! This is 100% of the class, which is incredibly exciting for everyone. Especially since over half of the class are girls! Did you know that in Guatemala only 3 in every 10 children finish the sixth grade? We are making a huge impact in the communities we serve but we need your help to continue to do so! We work to ensure that our graduates are able to continue on to higher levels of education by securing opportunities for scholarships, sponsorships and free education programs from other community based organizations in the area.
We need to raise $75,000 to ensure that all of our expenses are covered by the end of the year! It would be great to raise even more than that so that we can start off 2017 with all of the materials and equipment needed for the new year. Casa Guatemala has done a lot of really great things so far in 2016! This year had a total of 240 kids enrolled, of which, 120 live onsite. These kids come from some of the poorest and most isolated communities in the region. Most of the families live in extreme poverty and without the support of Casa Guatemala, would not likely be able to send all of their children to school or provide them with a balanced diet. Over 80% of the children are ethnic Q'eqchi Mayan and only speak their indigenous language when they arrive. We teach them spanish but also are sure to include Q'eqchi classes to ensure that they will continue to use their first language and preserve their culture. Another important fact about our demographics is that we are almost equal in the number of girls and boys. Every year differs but we pride ourselves in ensuring that the girls of the communities we serve have equal access to education and we teach them the importance in continuing their studies after the leave Casa Guatemala. In addition to the regulated curriculum, the students of Casa Guatemala receive classes in English, Computer literacy, Library studies, Art and handicrafts, and sustainable farming practices on the large school farm. The farm not only trains the students in agriculture but also provides a base of fruits and vegetables for the kitchen, where the children also learn to cook healthy and nutritional meals.
Casa Guatemala has a large staff to run their operation including the teachers that run the school and act as house supervisors for the children when they are not in class. There are farm workers, maintenance staff, boat drivers, social workers and administrative staff both onsite and in the offices in the city. Along with the team of international volunteers, this makes for up to 300 people to feed everyday. Additional costs stem from the cost of fuel used in running the generator to provide energy and pump water and for the transportation to and from the children's village everyday as it is only accessible by boat.
We need your help to ensure we can continue to keep Casa Guatemala thriving so that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of the children in our care, their families and their communities. With your donation, you are changing lifes. Thanks for being our hero!