If you sponsor a student in the Rise Youth Development Program or you’ve been supporting CoEd for a while, you know that a Rise scholarship provides so much more than an academic scholarship—because students are facing much more than economic barriers.
On top of generational poverty, students in the Rise Program are facing additional challenges like pressure to get married young, pressure to drop out and find work to contribute to the family’s income, social challenges such as unplanned pregnancies, alcoholism, or domestic violence, low expectations or limited support at home, and limited or no access to basic medical, dental, or vision care.
To combat these issues, Rise students gain access to comprehensive support services, like:
Now you may be thinking…“That’s awesome! But how is this all connected to eliminating poverty in Guatemala?” Well, my friends, they are connected because education is the KEY to breaking the cycle of poverty.
In Guatemala, it takes 12 years of education to support a two-person family above the poverty line, but 90% of impoverished kids never reach that milestone.
We’re removing as many barriers as we can so that when these students reach that milestone of 12 years of education (high school graduation!), they can charge ahead into a life full of possibilities!
Right now, the Rise Program supports 820 students across 22 communities in Guatemala! Help us reach even more students in Guatemala by sponsoring a Rise student!
P.S. Sponsor a student by April 10th and help us reach our goal to sponsor 100 students in 100 days! Click on the photos below to meet a few of the students who need sponsors.