Project #254 | Proyecto Impulso

Our Partnership with MAIA

The COVID-19 pandemic created a global education crisis.  In 2021, the World Bank projected that Guatemala’s already-low figure for average years of schooling would drop from 6.3 to only 4.8 years. Even before the pandemic, most girls entering 7th grade at MAIA’s Impact School were reading at a 2nd-grade level due to the substandard education system in Guatemala. This disparity in education only widened in the last few years.

ODW partnered with MAIA – a nonprofit led by and for indigenous women – to prepare Guatemalan girls to enter secondary school. MAIA’s Proyecto Impulso (Momentum Project)  increased retention rates and equipped a new generation of “Girl Pioneers” for success in secondary school and beyond. Through our partnership, 87 Girl Pioneers received a full year of intensive academic instruction in math, reading, technology, and English. The students and their 707 family members also participated in individual, group, and family socio-emotional wellbeing programs.  As a result, 100% of Girl Prioneers had improved Lexile (reading comprehension) and MAP (math proficiency) scores!

Our Collective Impact




Meet Hilda

Hilda joined MAIA one year ago and is MAIA’s Learning Development Specialist and Project Impulso’s Literature and Language educator, working with MAIA’s newest cohort of Girl Pioneers. The effects of COVID-19 on local Girl Pioneer communities are tremendous and continue to create new needs. Girl Pioneers are now entering MAIA’s Project Impulso with a 2nd-grade reading level.

This year, MAIA provided weekly professional development for educators like Hilda to develop innovative curricula and reinforce best practices in the classroom. Throughout the past six months, Hilda received 48 hours of weekly professional development with program coordinators and external content coaches. Hilda’s innovative literature and language class techniques are already improving Girl Pioneers’ reading comprehension!

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our children’s education fund.

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