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San Pedro is a small indigenous Mayan community on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Many children don’t 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 money raised from guiding activities, to supporting exceptional San Pedro students in their struggle to receive an education through to university level.

 

Un groupe de bénévoles du Québec  dirigé par Jean-Marc La France de Gatineau planifie de recueillir des fonds pour améliorer le logement dans la communauté maya du village de San Pedro et des environs au lac Atitlán. Pour le moment, nous avons procuré des lits superposés à  une famille de huit enfants dont le père est absent et ils ont cessé de dormir sur le sol de leur unique pièce. Nous prévoyons agrandir leur petite maison en ajoutant un étage cet hiver. Une autre famille a vu le père mourir avant de mettre le toit sur la maison qu’il construisait.

It is very difficult for Mayan students to get an education, especially in high school, when 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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