The Mayan Center for Education and Development
Our sustainable educational community is located in a remote rainforest in northwestern Guatemala. The residential campus comprises a high school and a middle school, staff and student housing, a nutrition center, organic gardens, and a small poultry farm.
The center is managed with a rainwater collection system that supplies water for all campus needs, while solar equipment powers the buildings and the fully equipped computer and science labs. A satellite system ensures that students can access the Internet for educational research. Students manage the campus’ rain-fed organic gardens, and community outreach programs provide opportunities for them to share those gardening practices. The adjoining rain forest habitat offers a rare opportunity for interactive biology studies.
Students learn to apply sustainable practices that can transform the conditions of poverty in their communities. They earn diplomas in three disciplines: academics, sustainable agriculture, and computer science. The two-year computer course offers training in maintaining and repairing computers as well as mastering regular computer skills. Through the quality education provided, graduates are prepared to pursue professional training, a university degree, or meaningful employment.
How you can help
Fund a full or partial scholarship
Volunteer as a computer or science teacher or instruct in organic gardening
Provide a dictionary or a book for a student
To make a donation in support of our sustainable education program, click here.
Less than 30 percent of children in Guatemala graduate from primary school. While Guatemala’s Department of Education requires that the country’s official language of Spanish be taught in primary schools, it is not always possible. Most indigenous children in remote regions of northwestern Guatemala can speak only their local Mayan language; few schools in these rural areas even have books. It is critical to the future of these underserved children that they are given the opportunity to read and speak the country’s official language.
Adopt-a-Village is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative, Let’s Read!, which has been designed to promote childhood literacy and foster an interest in reading that will help to prepare indigenous children in Guatemala for success in school and beyond. Beginning in early 2019 when children return to the classroom, our Maya Jaguar high school students will travel to three neighboring villages as part of their service projects to teach reading skills to primary school children. Studies have shown that reading books out loud to children helps them to develop language and listening skills—and an appreciation for written words.
How you can help
In addition to sending high school student to neighboring villages to promote reading to indigenous youth, Adopt-a-Village will offer a small library to each of the villages. A start-up children’s library with reading materials will costs approximately $500. Your gift, large or small, will help to build a library that will bring the magic of books to children in need.
To make a donation in support of Adopt-a-Village’s Let’s Read! initiative, click here.
Thanks to our corporate sponsor
Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala is grateful to our many supporters who have generously funded various programs and outreach initiatives that have provided vital support to the Mayan people of Guatemala.
We gratefully acknowledge Maya Chia, our valued corporate sponsor, for its generous contributions to Adopt-A-Village’s scholarship and child sponsorship programs, as well as our rainwater storage initiatives, and for creating a special fund for emergency medical needs.