Project #113 | Investing in Literacy and Leadership in Guatemala
Our partnership with ADIMTU
The high levels of poverty and lack of opportunities in San Marcos, Guatemala force many children to quit school and look for ways to generate income for their families. High rates of school dropouts result in higher levels of illiteracy. Girls on average only receive five years of education, and are vulnerable to dropping out of school due to gender discrimination, early marriage traditions, and teen maternity.
ADIMTU’s middle school Leadership Institute supports and motivates young women to continue school, solidifying the idea that they are leaders of their own destiny, and agents of change in their community through supporting learning, literacy, and leadership skills. The Leadership Institute has three programs to holistically target the high drop-out rates amongst girls in the community: My Mother’s/Family’s Life, Family Reading Time, and My Little Sister. Our partnership with ADIMTU supported their My Little Sister program that developed the leadership potential and social responsibility of 441 middle-school-aged “big sisters” so they can become agents of change in their community. Participants inspired change in their 156 elementary school mentees by tutoring and supporting the younger girls who were at risk of dropping out of school. For these “little sisters,” the tutors became role models that helped with schoolwork and encouraged the little sisters to continue in school. ADIMTU’s focus on leadership and learning equipped students to learn the value of education as a means to achieve better lives for themselves, their families, and their community.
Our collective impact
Books Written by Participants
Brendi lives in San Jose el Cedro and studies in the Telesecundary Institute of her community. At 20 years old, she is enrolled in 8th grade because she was forced to drop out for several years because of her Father’s belief that she did not need to continue her studies. While she hoped to continue her education eventually, she was able to return in 2017. Brendi was able to participate in the program’s Family Reading Time, reading 17 books during the year in addition to participating in workshops alongside her classmates. Both her grades and confidence have improved as she now is aware of the role she plays as a young leader in her community, and has become a source of motivation to the people around her. Through the Family Reading Time program, she was inspired to write a motivational book titled “The Present and the Future are in Your Hands.” Brendi’s Father has witnessed this progress and after being involved in the family reading time, has decided that encouraging his daughter’s education will bring her a brighter future.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our girls’ empowerment fund.