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San Pedro is a small indigenous Mayan community on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Many children do not attend school or, if they do attend, must leave after a few years in order to work to help support their families. In Guatemala, only 60% of children at a grade 5 level attend school. By secondary school, that figure has dropped to 23%.

Volunteers from InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation have worked for several years with Francisco Javier Navichoc Gonzales, a resident of San Pedro, who has committed himself to raising money through contributions and his nature guiding activities, and to supporting exceptional San Pedro students in their struggle to receive an education through to university level.


Donors to InnovativeCommunities.Org Foundation are continuing to help support Escuela Nueva Vision, the junior secondary school in the village of Chaquijya. There was no secondary school in the region until 2012, when, with extensive organizational aid from Jesus Toc, a local ICO volunteer, the village parents put together a plan to set up the school.

It is very difficult for Mayan students to get an education, especially in high school, as they must pay fees and often board away from home. ICO pays for school fees and materials for these students and helps their families with basic food supplies.

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