In Guatemala, the school year ends in early November and starts up again in January. So this month we received our first Annual Report, showing us the progress made since the learning centre opened in February. And – WOW! – there’s been a lot of progress. Here are some highlights:
- Attendance has increased from 324 visits per month in February to 590 in September.
- 143 students are getting small-group learning assistance in maths, language, and reading. Of the 110 kids who turned in their school marks, the number getting passing grades has increased from 63 to 94.
- We’re creating readers. The number of kids who now come regularly to read has increased from 6 to 67, with numbers growing at a steady pace each month.
The Casita is a busy place. As well as learning centre activities, 25 elderly women continue to arrive twice a week for lunch and activities; a small group of very disabled children receives language therapy each Wednesday morning, and two classes of adults are involved in literacy training twice a week.
As the school year draws to a close, our committed young coordinator Yesenia and her helper Lidia (one of our scholarship graduates) have already put together plans for a creative and ambitious vacation school.
None of this could have happened without your support. ¡Gracias!