Breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education

Founded in 2015, Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education is a registered charity based in North Bay, Ontario with the purpose of advancing education. To carry out our purpose, we partner with US- and Guatemala-based nonprofit Cooperative for Education.

Why Guatemala?

Rural Guatemala has one of the highest rates of poverty, illiteracy, and inequality in the Western Hemisphere. One out of three indigenous adults cannot read or write. The majority of indigenous young people drop out of school before reaching the sixth grade. Without education, they will repeat the cycle of poverty.

What We Do

Canadian Friends of Cooperative for Education helps Guatemalan students break the cycle of poverty by sponsoring their placement in Cooperative for Education’s Rise Youth Development Program.

This program provides the funds students need to stay in school, while wrapping innovative youth development activities and support services around a traditional tuition sponsorship. Students attend workshops on topics like leadership, financial education, and self-esteem, go on field trips to explore a variety of career paths, and receive support from trained staff and psychologists.

How to Donate


Donations are eligible for a tax credit in Canada.

Canadian Registration #: 81644 2172 RR0001

Charitable Purposes Statement:

To advance education by providing publicly available scholarships, bursaries, and other forms of financial assistance to students who are poor, of low income or in need, to be used for elementary and secondary education

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Board of Directors

Colin Thacker


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Barb Young


Joe Berninger

Learn more about our partner, Cooperative for Education (CoEd).