A beautiful country...
…with a tragic history
But Guatemala’s Western Highlands exhibit one of the most extreme combinations of systemic poverty, illiteracy, and inequality in the hemisphere. Since the time of the Spanish conquest in the 1500s, government policies have excluded the indigenous Mayan people from sharing in the benefits of the country’s economic growth. The Maya also endure the legacy of a brutal 36-year civil war that left more than 200,000 dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Even two decades after the Peace Accords were signed, many Mayan communities struggle to recover from the violence.
Poverty, illiteracy, and inequality
Today, indigenous Mayans in these regions suffer from poverty, malnutrition (rates of which rank among the worst in the world), poor health outcomes, high rates of illiteracy, and low levels of educational attainment.
Education is the path out of poverty
Many families in the regions we serve live hand-to-mouth, with little hope for a better future. Parents in these remote towns and villages want more for their children, and they know that education is the only pathway out of poverty. That’s where CoEd comes in. Through the generosity of our donors, we provide educational opportunities to impoverished Guatemalan schoolchildren that help them:
- Learn to read
- Stay in school
- Learn valuable skills
- Gain access to better jobs
- Discover their value
- Achieve their potential
- Give back to the world
Through education, these vulnerable young people are able to lift themselves, their families, and their entire communities out of poverty—breaking the cycle, once and for all.
Stories from Guatemala
The students we work with each have their own dreams. Read some of their stories and discover how they are working to achieve these dreams despite fierce obstacles.
Our work is concentrated in Guatemala’s Central Highlands, which are plagued by systemic poverty, illiteracy, and inequality. Every day, we serve thousands of students through four main programs.
- Culture of Reading Program (CORP): Purple
- Textbook Program: Orange
- Computer Centers: Blue
- Rise Youth Development Program: Green