Guatemalan Girls Are Not in School
In Guatemala, girls are not traditionally supported in their desire to go to school. Often, when parents have to decide which child to educate on their meager earnings, they prioritize the boys, and the girls get left behind. In some parts of Guatemala (where we work), there is a boy and a half in school for every girl. In Guatemala as a whole, 80% of men are literate, compared to 58% of women.
Educated Girls Change the World
According to a growing number of experts, “girls’ education is the world’s best investment with the widest ranging returns” (What Works in Girls’ Education). Educating girls
- improves the health and survival rates of infants and children
- leads to higher rates of school attendance and completion in the next generation
- improves the status of women within families, communities, and the political arena
- and much more!
The Thousand Girls Initiative
Help empower a new generation of educated Guatemalan women! The Thousand Girls Initiative is a massive expansion of the Rise Youth Development Program that will help 1,000 girls and 250 boys across the country rise out of poverty for good.
Never Forgetting the Boys
Why include 250 boys in the Thousand Girls Initiative? We believe that all children born into the cycle of poverty deserve the opportunity to rise above their current circumstances. Plus, when girls and boys learn together, they learn from each other, too.
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Check out a few thoughts from supporters like you.
“As a former educator and business owner, it is my opinion that education can be the vital experience to not only change the quality of lives but also build a ‘Bridge to Peace.'”
Juan Jose Caxaj
“You see our country, and there is violence and dishonesty and corruption everywhere. It’s my view that in the future, as we get more and more women educated and into positions of leadership that is going to help us address these problems. That is my hope and my vision.”
“As a grandmother of six wonderful girls, I cannot imagine these beautiful girls in Guatemala not having the same educational opportunities as my girls back home.”
“As someone who has personally experienced poverty on an extreme level as a child, I can say that the thing that always gave me hope and ambition was the promise I had of an education.”
Ryan Van Duzer
“I’ve seen firsthand how a single scholarship can transform an entire family, let alone how it builds endless confidence in the recipient.”
Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant
“The Thousand Girls Initiative is very cool. Education is one of the best investments you can make in the developing world.”
“Places where women and girls don’t get the same opportunities as men to educate themselves are very often the places in the most trouble.”