Did you know that Guatemala has one of the highest illiteracy and lowest school enrollment rates in Latin America? This is primarily due to the high cost of attending school which prevents many indigenous families from receiving an education.
We strongly believe that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and can create a better future for children and their families. That is why we promote education in each of the communities we work in by facilitating sponsorships for thousands of students who otherwise would not have a chance to attend.
A student sponsorship covers the cost of enrollment fees, requisite school materials, supplies and uniforms, regular monitoring of school work and progress by a Mayan Families Social Worker, and provides students with access to our Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic as well as general educational support as needed.
One of the most rewarding aspects of sponsoring a student is how sponsors get to know them personally and see firsthand how their generosity can positively affect the student's and their family’s lives. We provide various ways in which sponsors can form this personal bond with the student, including sending regular updates of their school report cards, giving the option to write letters directly to them, and letting sponsors know about their current family’s living situation on a regular basis. We also invite sponsors to travel to Guatemala and meet their student and their family one-on-one!
How to get involved
While the Guatemalan school year runs from January through October, we accept support for school sponsorship throughout the year.
- To sponsor a student in Preschool through High School, the cost of one full year is $360 (that is just $1/day!) and you may choose to pay this on a monthly basis at $30/month.
- To sponsor a University student, the cost of one full year is $1,350 and you may choose to pay this on a monthly basis at $112.50/month. You also have the option to cosponsor a University student for $675/year or $56.25/month.
For more key information on our Student Sponsorship Program, please visit our FAQs page.