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Why Guatemala?

  • 66% of the population live on less than £1.50 a day (World Food Programme);
  • 50% of children under five suffer stunted growth and ill health due to chronic malnutrition (World Food Programme);
  • 80% of children will never attend high school (UNESCO).

Our founder Sophie McKee travelled to Guatemala in 2002 to volunteer at a school she discovered was on the brink of collapse due to lack of funding. She began fundraising to ensure that the 75 students that were to be left without a school could continue their education. This was the start of the Education For The Children Foundation (EFTC). Today EFTC’s School of Hope and its further education programme support over 700 students to access education. We are proud to be at the heart of the community in the Jocotenango area, showcasing the talent and creativity of its young people to the world.