Many children in Guatemala are able to attend school for only 1-2 years before leaving because of a lack of money and needing to help their family earn an income. Recent data shows that over 1 million children do not attend school in Guatemala. Girls especially are kept at home to help with younger children and with household chores.
You can help by sponsoring a student!
Your student will receive many benefits from your help and the benefits vary according to the student grade but can include:
Choose a student that you would like to help! You will receive letters and pictures from them and progress reports about their lives and schooling. Form a lasting friendship with them as you help them obtain a better future.
Please join us today in offering opportunities for a better life through education.
How does the program work? Education And More feels the best way to help more students is to combine all sponsorship monies rather than to give money directly to the sponsored student. Your sponsorship money will help your child and you will be assured that he or she will be able to attend school because your sponsored student will receive the school supplies, shoes, other items necessary for his schooling. You will be able to connect with your student and establish a lasting friendship and at the same time know you are helping your special child attend school and have a better future.
Why do you sponsor adults? There are many young adults who have had to quit school for a variety of reasons -- need to work to help their families, they want to get married, they had no money to continue their education. These young adults, once they make the decision to go back to school to further their education, are very committed to their field of study. Some may want to be a teacher, electrician, a nurse or any number of other career studies and we feel it is very important to help these young adults to become proficient in their chosen field so they may support their families and enjoy life beyond subsistence living.
Can I send a gift to the student I sponsor? If you wish to give the student a gift for Christmas or their birthday it is preferable to send a check to our office at least 2 months before the date and state what you would like purchased. The gift will be purchased in Guatemala and given to the student. Our offices can give you suggestions for appropriate gifts for the age of the student. Due to a variety of reasons -- the high cost of shipping to Guatemala, thefts and damage occurring with shipments and postal mail, uncertain delivery, expensive customs and import taxes -- it is better not to send gifts directly to the student. Please do not send gifts to our office for the student without contacting us first.
How can I correspond with the student I sponsor? You can send letters and greeting cards to our offices for your student. Please be sure to include the student's name and ID number. Be sure to allow plenty of lead time before you want your student to receive the letter so that the letter can be translated and hand carried to the student. You may write as often as you would like to and include photos or whatever will fit in the envelope.
What should I write about to my student? Please avoid writing about your material possessions or including photos showing wealth. Please do not give your address nor suggest your student visit you in your country. Please don't ask if they need or want anything from you. Instead, you can ask your student about themselves and find things that you have in common.
What do I receive from the program about my sponsored student? You will receive an annual progress report, a photo, and letters written from your student.
How are the students selected and accepted into the program? Our local Program Coordinator in Guatemala works within each community to accept applications based on a set of criteria determined in conjunction with the Directors of Education And More. Some of the criteria is based on the following: low family income and assets; malnutrition in family or student; inability to afford school fees; and parental commitment to the education of the student. Both boys and girls will be selected.