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Send a Child to School in Guatemala

Item # 38049

Help a child in Guatemala attend school and work towards a better future.

Guatemala has one of the highest poverty rates in Latin America, with more than 75% of the population living below the poverty line. In rural and indigenous populations, that figure is up to 93%. Although education is one of the best ways to break the cycle of poverty, few families are able to afford to send their children to school.

Fundación Tradiciones Mayas (FTM) has worked since 1992 with women artisans and their families in remote, rural Guatemala. FTM promotes and preserves the ancient art of back strap weaving with 85 artisans in six cooperative groups, and has a long term commitment to the artisans and their children, including access to health care, business development for the artisans, and scholarships for their children.

FTM is supporting a total of 125 students with scholarships. The students are from the six communities where FTM artisans reside: Chuacruz, Chirijox, San Juan La Laguna, Santa Clara La Laguna, Patanatic and Solola.

Your donation of just $17.00 through this Gift That Gives More™ goes a long way, covering a year of primary education (including school fees, transportation, and supplies), a month of education at the junior high level, or helping subsidize the expense of a year of senior high school.

Report from the Field

Updates, September 2011:
"Your donations helped over one hundred students with direct scholarships. That is a fantastic achievement. We cannot thank you enough for helping to raise awareness for the plight of the indigenous communities in Guatemala and beyond." ~Elisabeth Nicholson, Director, Maya Educational Foundation

"2011 is the 15th year that FTM is able to offer scholarships to the children of the women artisans with whom we work. With the support of institutional and individual donors, we are proud to be able to continue to invest in the personal and professional development of indigenous children and youth." ~Marcelle Renkin, Fundación Tradiciones Mayas

Fundación Tradiciones Mayas (FTM) works with women artisans and their families in economically poor and culturally intact communities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Committed to promoting and preserving the ancient art of back strap weaving, FTM also strives to offer economic support to all school-aged children of the artisans with the goal that they become thoughtful, analytical and creative community leaders.

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