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Humanity First Opens Doors to Elementary School in Guatemala

According to USAID, an estimated 2 million children in Guatemala do not attend school, and only 3 out of 10 children graduate beyond 6th grade. In an effort to address the distressing state of education in Guatemala, Humanity First opened doors to "Proyecto Educativo para la niñez y juventud guatemalteca Masroor Ahmad" in Alotenango, Guatemala on January 15, 2015.

After much anticipation and excitement, the opening session was attended by families of the students, representatives from the Ministry of Education, the mayor of Alotenango, and other local government officials. Over 200 pre-primary and primary students from underserved communities of Sacatepéquez are now enrolled at the Humanity First school. Every student is attending on a scholarship rate determined by an individual socio-economic study conducted by Humanity First Guatemala staff. Humanity First has developed this registration method in order to allow families an opportunity to enroll their children in school, despite their low income or status which may have prevented them from sending them to school.

Humanity First recognizes the great need to invest in the future of these communities, and has placed focus on education in their operations. Since 2012, the Humanity First computing and language academy has been providing scholarships for over 1,250 students from 23 public institutions to study computing and English courses in Antigua. Both the Humanity First Academy and the Humanity First School are certified by the Ministry of Education in Guatemala.

This new chapter for Humanity First in Guatemala cannot be possible without your generous support.  For those interested in contributing towards Humanity First's education efforts in Guatemala, please contact Saifra Khan, Country Director to Guatemala, at saifra.khan@us.humanityfirst.org.

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