help create greater access to education for rural Guatemala

Community development through education

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$14,191 towards $125,000

The population of the San Mateo Ixtatán area of Guatemala is about 98% indigenous Mayans and has until recently been fairly isolated and self-sufficient. Hand in hand with the economic challenges is an insufficient infrastructure specifically in the areas of waste treatment, potable water and solid waste management and, most importantly, an illiteracy rate among the local 64,000 population of 45.79%.

The goal of the Ixtatán Foundation is to help the people of San Mateo find the tools to create for themselves solutions to the myriad of problems, from access to clean water to the principals of farming and computer technology. The focus area of the Ixtatán Foundation is the Seeds of Wisdom School. This school has an academic focus that includes giving students real-life problems to solve through Project Based Learning. Project Based Learning allows students to apply curriculum content into social projects, through which they learn, mathematics, chemistry, social studies, etc. We believe in the power and ability of students and youth to foster positive change in their own community.