Maria Puts a Face on the Stats
See how Maria's family is prioritizing education
Maria practices her tourism skills by showing a CoEd tour group around her hometown of Santiago Atitlán.
Anyone who has gone on a tour has most likely met Maria Tacaxoy and her family. For the past decade, CoEd scholarships have kept Maria and her three siblings in school. We have already been able to see the immense transformation in their lives.
A giant hurdle for the Tacaxoy family has been the complete illiteracy of Maria’s parents, but that hasn’t stopped Maria and her siblings…
- Maria began her college career at Del Valle University in Sololá this month, pursuing a 2-year degree in tourism.
- Juan graduated from high school in November, and is now attending Del Valle along with Maria.
- José is in his last year of high school.
- Petronila is now in the fourth grade.
Maria, Juan, Petronila, and CoEd Volunteer Megan Markgraf
CoEd's Executive Director Joe Berninger commented, “With a grade school education, Maria might get a job cleaning the bathrooms at a hotel. With a high school diploma she might work behind the desk. But now, with her college degree she will have the skills to manage the hotel.”
Thank you for giving countless young people like Maria the opportunity to achieve their potential.