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NGO in Guatemala breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education

education programme student

EFTC has been supporting educational programmes since 2003 in Guatemala. In 2005, we opened the doors of our very own School of Hope, which supports over 679 students in Jocotenango.

Originally, we educated over 155 children from Reception through to Year 6 at our school in Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez. Our 6th Grade graduates were then offered scholarships to study at local public Secondary Schools in the area, but we soon found that the quality of the education and the lack of social support in these establishments contributed to a high drop out rate and low academic performance. This led to us taking out next leap as a Foundation and in January 2007 we opened the doors to our Middle School, offering education from Year 7 through to Year 9. 

Since then, we have continued to grow and we now have more than 462 students in our school from Reception through to Year 9, and 217 studying at Further Education Colleges and Universities through our Scholarship Programme. 
At the School of Hope, we provide our students with a well rounded education with a special emphasis on English, Technology, Literacy and Life Skills, which we believe are the fundamentals to them succeeding in the world of work. Whilst our school follows the standards of the Guatemalan National Curriculum, we also work hard to develop new strategies and methods that will raise the quality and standards of our programmes
nutrition 1,120 students
have attended the School of Hope



The main goal of our English program is that all students are involved in regular, intensive English language practice in order to become bilingual. This will give them a real chance to compete with graduates from other schools and backgrounds.

Kindergarten: students are immersed in a fully bilingual program which provides them with the best possible start in English language learning.
1st to 6th grade: students receive two intensive periods of ESL a day, which allows them enough time to develop their skills every day without exhausting them as their study load increases.
7th to 9th: students receive one intensive period of ESL a day in which they learn to communicate in a way that will meet their needs in future study or employment.

english class school of hope students

Sex Education
The programme's goals are to prevent our students from teenage pregnancy, STDs and sexual abuse. We aim to empower students by helping them develop decision making skills and good judgement. We don't teach abstinence but instead support their choices and religious beliefs while we strive to make them aware of the risks of sexual relations so that they can make an informed choice. Parents are also included in the conversation by encouraging their participation in workshops.


sex education class

Our new reading class was created to motivate children and develop good reading habits. The school has a wonderful library but at home most of our students are not encouraged by their parents to read, nor do they have the time to do so since it's common for youngsters to have to help around the house or take care of their siblings. Books can open new worlds and help them dream big, but reading isn't all they do during class, it’s also a time for them to enjoy their childhood by playing games related to the books' themes and stories.

reading student library class
Garden of Hope
Claire Henkel, one of our former teachers, started the project as an after school gardening program that has since grown into a regular classThe program focuses on values such as responsibility, respect and appreciation for the environment through an alternative educational environment. Participating students learn all about the scientific processes behind the planting, maintenance and harvest of vegetables along with the social and nutritional impacts of eating produce.
garden of hope gardening class students

nutrition Continue reading:
Nutrition and Clean Water




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Whether you'd like to hear about upcoming events, volunteer with us, help raise funds for the children in Guatemala or just talk about EFTC's work- we’d love to hear from you!

Whether you’d like to hear about upcoming challenges, volunteer or visit the school in Guatemala or just have a chat about EFTC’s work- we’d love to hear from you!

Whether you’d like to hear about upcoming events, volunteer with us, help raise funds for the children in Guatemala or just have a chat about EFTC’s work- we’d love to hear from you!

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