The Priority of Education
The schools in rural Guatemala are plagued with a number of problems. While education for elementary age children is technically free, the cost of uniforms, books, and other materials makes it difficult for families in poverty. Moreover, the school buildings lack resources (many don’t even have computers) and free education stops after elementary age. Very few families can afford school after that. Add problems of corruption, violence, and teacher strikes and one quickly sees how difficult it is for children to get a simple education in Guatemala.
For the past several years, New Denver has helped the Vida Real school in San Pablo la Laguna, one of the poorest communities around Lake Atitlan. This is one of the most tangible ways we can show the love of God to those in need and invest in the children of San Pablo.
New Denver sponsors over 100 children at the Vida Real School. The school is connected to Vida Real Church in San Pablo La Laguna, a small community located on Lake Atitlan where New Denver has been sending teams for the past 5 years. Not all of the children from the school attend the church; many come from the community. In addition to basic education, the school teaches English and principles of faith. The Guatemalan school year traditionally runs from January – October so we normally renew sponsorships and sign up new sponsors around the first of the year.
What Sponsorship Entails:
You can invest in the life of children at the San Pablo school by sponsoring a class for one school year. The cost is only $220/year per sponsor. Sponsoring an entire class helps us distribute resources across the school as enrollment fluctuates over time. As a class sponsor, your donation helps provide for the teacher’s salary as well as ongoing development, uniforms for the kids, classroom supplies, and daily lunch.
When you sponsor a class, there are so many benefits:
- You’ll get a picture of all the students in the class and the teacher(s) for that grade level.
- You’ll hear updates on the progress of the school, your class and any special needs that arise
- You’ll know that your simple financial gift is literally changing the life of kids you might never meet.
- One of the most exciting things: you can go down to Guatemala on a partnership trip, tour the school, and actually meet the teachers and students who you sponsor, as well as members of their family! This isn’t a faceless, nameless cause to support—you can truly build a friendship with teachers, children and families you help support.
Details of How to be a Sponsor:
If you are interested in sponsoring a class, don’t hesitate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.