The School of Hope and our Further Education Program supports 679 students and their 385 families. Our extensive education, nutrition, healthcare, social support and employment programs seek to remove any obstacle to education and enable our students to realize their potential.
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That young people from all backgrounds have the ability to access quality education and opportunities for rewarding employment.
Driven by a commitment to equal opportunities, Education for the Children has worked with disadvantaged young people and families from the Jocotenango area since 2003 to access quality education, nutritious food, healthcare and social support. We aim to empower young people with the skills and confidence to be successful in their chosen careers.
Our network of partner links in Guatemala is extensive. We're proud to be outward looking and collaborative. Read all about our Guatemalan partnerships.
Our founder Sophie McKee, volunteered in Guatemala in 2003 after watching a documentary and being inspired to visit and set up the foundation. It is still one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with shocking rates of violence, illiteracy and malnutrition.
- 66% of the population live on less than $2 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)
Eighteen years on, we are proud to be at the heart of the community in Jocotenango, showcasing Guatemala to the world. Its young people and families are talented, creative, culturally diverse and deserve a loud voice.
Our majority Guatemalan team of sixty staff work hard to create a nurturing environment for all of our students.