The Country of Guatemala has a very limited public school system. Often, if you do not have money to send your children to school, your children remain uneducated.
This problem severely impacts the problem of generational poverty and illiteracy in Guatemala, with over 74% of the population above age 15 being illiterate.
More than ten years ago, La Escuela Integrada Mission School was started in Antigua, Guatemala for children living in poverty. The children who are engaged with this school system are being educated at no cost, something they would NEVER be able to otherwise obtain in Guatemala.
The children attending La Escuela Integrada often do not have enough to eat and are mal nourished. So that the children may have the ability to think, learn and obtain good health, the school offers two nutritious meals and snacks to the children each day.
The Country of Guatemala does not have a public school system. If you do not have money to send your children to school, your children remain uneducated. Therefore, persons living in poverty are very unlikely to have the opportunity to obtain an education.
Girls and women are not as valued in Guatemalan Culture. However, when a girl is educated, she carries this knowledge and passes it onto her children. When a girl learns to read, the woman she grows into is more likely to read to her children.
Each year of education is a step towards getting out of poverty and achieving a sustainable life in Guatemala. Sponsoring a child provides a year of education, all materials, books, meals, counseling and tutoring for one child.