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NGO in Guatemala breaking the Cycle of Poverty through Education

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Guatemala is one of the most unequal countries in Latin America, suffering from a housing deficit of 1.7 million homes, with 75 percent of the population is estimated to live below the poverty line and unable to afford adequate housing (The World Bank).

The conditions our students live in are difficult for many of us to come to terms with. Houses are usually made of loose sheets of corrugated metal and have mud floors: families sleep cramped together in shared beds. Often, water seeps or floods into our students' homes during the heavy rains of the rainy season. Many families live on steep hillsides at risk of damage from landslides and erosion, and lack basic services like running water, electricity and drainage.

Housing Support

Sponsors concerned about their sponsor children’s wellbeing and volunteers who come on service trips have made it possible for us to help many families. Thanks also to the hard work of those volunteers and the support of local construction firms, EFTC has helped fix and rebuild many homes to provide a safe and dry place for students and their families. In the past 11 years, we have provided the following services in times of need:
  • Construction of entire rooms and reconstruction of deteriorated roofs.
  • Plastering of walls and concrete flooring to prevent health problems caused by humidity.
  • Facilitating the installation of services: running water, electricity and drainage.
  • Providing new beds and blankets.
  • Installation of safe stoves to prevent health problems caused by open fire stoves.
  • Installation of bathrooms and sinks for laundering clothes.
  • Providing temporary housing for families suffering from extreme financial problems while they get back on their feet.

 

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The Foundation House

A house was built in 2008 to offer refuge to our most vulnerable families, and it has since taken in over 50 students and their families, with an average of 10 to 15 residents at a time. The house has opened its doors to orphans, students or their relatives who are in poor health, families prevented from living in their homes for legal reasons or eviction and students whose homes have been destroyed by natural causes.

Yesenia, our in-house mum, takes care of the children’s every need, cooking for them and supporting them emotionally. They also receive psychological support from our Psychology Department if necessary.

blog icon Article: A Safehouse to protect students in fear for their lives
 

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Legal Guidance

Sometimes, teachers may report that students are having problems at home or showing signs of abuse. In these cases they'll be first referred to the school psychologists. If it turns out that there is indeed a serious situation taking place in a child's home, and if this can't be solved by working with the family, then we will take legal action to ensure the child's safety. Through partnerships with different organizations, the Social Services Department secures legal services free of charge for students or families that need them.

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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!

  • Education for the Children Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charity in the USA
    Tax ID# 26-0648715

    1630 North Main St. #126
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
  • +1-925-577-5225

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