Education for the Children (Fundación Educando a Los Niños)

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Charitable Organization
Jocotenango
December 10, 2013 - 2:59pm
Guatemala
Antigua
Amy Holly
(502) 7831 1229
(502) 7831 1101
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Education for the Children (EFTC) works to support some of the poorest communities in Guatemala, providing children and young adults with the education, food, health care and social services they need to thrive in school and beyond.

For most families in the surrounding Jocotenango area, sending their children to school is an inconceivable cost: although access to public education is free, essentials such as books, materials, and school uniforms cost much more than the average family can afford. Many of the students are first-generation learners – if it wasn´t for EFTC, the children are likely to end up joining the 35% of Guatemalan youngsters who form part of the country’s labour force. The foundation identifies children with no access to education and gives them a place in their ´School of Hope´, working with each one to help them succeed. EFTC gives them a better start in life, and doesn´t stop supporting them until they are in employment.

Children from the local community also face incredible hardships such as homelessness, abuse, domestic violence, starvation, abandonment. To reduce the barriers to education these children face, EFTC also supports the children and their families with nutrition, medical and psychological support, help improving their living conditions, and providing a Safehouse for the most vulnerable children. Since it was established in 2003, EFTC has improved the lives of more than 3000 people through the foundation´s clean water, nutrition, safer housing and education programmes.

EFTC is based in Jocotenango and is a registered charity in the UK, US and Guatemala, funded entirely by the generosity of individuals. Sponsors and supporters are encouraged to take an active involvement, such as visiting EFTC´s School of Hope.
Volunteers can assist in many different ways and are always most welcome.

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