Behind the Statistics
In the communities that CoEd serves, many families subsist on less than $4 a day. They live hand-to-mouth, with little access to education and no hope for a better future. Parents in these remote towns and villages want more for their children. That’s where CoEd comes in. We provide educational opportunities to impoverished Guatemalan schoolchildren that help them:
- Stay in school
- Learn valuable skills
- Gain access to better jobs, and
- Aspire to a better life, beyond poverty
Read on to learn the stories of our program beneficiaries.
Moises and Deili
Although Moises is illiterate, he knows the value of an education. “One day I went to the bank to cash a check,” he recalls. “The teller told me he couldn’t give me my money because I hadn’t signed (the check), but I didn’t know how. I was alone and no one would help me. At that moment I promised myself that I would never let any of my children suffer the same humiliation.”
Moises has nine children, and he intends to keep them all in school. His daughter, Deili, is learning about computers for the first time thanks to the CoEd computer center that came to her village of San Vicente Buenabaj in 2009. “What excites me most is learning about the world,” she says. She knows the computers will help her learn more about the medical field and one day reach her goal of becoming a physician.
Timoteo, Julio, and Marena
Julio is likely to become the first member of his family to go to high school.
His father, Timoteo, dropped out in the third grade. Julio’s mother, Marena, never went to school at all—an unfortunate reality for many indigenous women. The family could not afford to educate Julio’s two older siblings.
Julio dreams of becoming an accountant or a teacher. That dream just may become reality, thanks to CoEd. Timoteo knows that, although they “have a long way to go to get out of this darkness,” education provides a beacon of light to young Guatemalans struggling to rise out of poverty.
More Voices of CoEd
- Irma Natalia Con Cuc: Inspiring her students to read
- Manuel Antonio Bucú Ixjotop: A father’s gratitude
- Mireli Ramirez and Marvila Mendez: Today's Textbook Program students, tomorrow’s nurses
- Santos Ixcoy: Dreaming of a better life for his children, through education
- Jorge Anibal Xinico Muxtay: Striving for a better life
- Andrés Luc: Designing the future
- Oscar Xinico: On the road to a better life
- Roberto Xinico Tun: Banking on a brighter future
- Rony Gonzalez: Overcoming overwhelming obstacles
- Velska Pahola Ajú: A dream realized
- Vilma Aracely Cuc: An exemplary educator
- Abner Daniel Aguilar: A determined eye to the future
- Darlyn Rangel Caceres: Destined for greatness
- Read more firsthand stories from the beneficiaries of CoEd's programs in Rewriting the Future, a book highlighting our work in Guatemala.