Project #288 | Education for Maya Ixil Girls
Our Partnership with Limitless Horizons lxil
Chajul was at the center of the Guatemalan Civil War – which contributed to extreme poverty and inequalities among indigenous communities – yet maintains its rich Maya Ixil traditions and language. Due to its remote location, there are limited educational and professional development opportunities for youth. Less than a quarter of students in Chajul graduate from middle school and only 4% graduate from high school. Girls face additional obstacles that prohibit them from attending school, especially in settings where the teachers are primarily men. The pandemic only led to further learning losses. To succeed in school and gain agency over their lives, Maya Ixil girls need a strong system of educational and socio-emotional supports.
We’re partnering with Limitless Horizons Ixil to provide high-quality education for Maya lxil youth in a supportive, girl-centered school environment. Through our partnership, 75 Maya Ixil youth (⅔ of whom are girls) are receiving a full year of education at Colegio Horizontes; 25 incoming students will participate in a intensive preparatory program prior to enrolling in 7th grade; and 10 local staff will further develop their teaching skills to offer holistic education. Through these efforts, students will be able to advance to the next grade level, demonstrate improvements in their social-emotional development, progress towards graduation, and build knowledge and skills to become future professionals and community leaders.
MAYA IXIL YOUTH WILL RECEIVE AN EMPOWERING AND HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION
MAYA IXIL TEACHERS WILL GROW IN THEIR CAPACITY TO OFFER HOLISTIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS
PARENTS WILL LEARN TO SUPPORT AND ADVOCATE FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION
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 below.